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QBoy (Marcos Jose Brito, also known as Sam LeMans, born 1978) is a rap musician from Basildon, Essex.

He studied contemporary dance, acting, and performing arts at De Montfort University, Leicester.

In his early years, Brito was editor of the website gayhiphop.com. He has written for Gay Times, Attitude and The Pink Paper. In 2005 he presented a documentary on "The Rise Of Homo-Hop" for BBC Radio One.[1]

In February 2007, he presented the much acclaimed TV documentary Coming Out to Class for Channel 4 based on his own experiences of homophobic bullying at school.[2] It led to an Early Day Motion in parliament the day after its screening.

He was listed under "Young, gifted and gay" in the Pink List 2008. The citation said:

"The Essex-born rapper is one of only a few openly gay hip-hop artists, forming part of the new sub-genre known as homo hop. Organised PeaceOUT UK, the first gay hip-hop festival in Europe."[3]

In September 2017, he disclosed on his Facebook page that he had been living with HIV for 6 years and that he was healthy and undetectable. In the statement he explained he wanted to share the information "as maybe someone else out there is having a difficult time coming to terms with their own diagnosis. Or perhaps it could break down the stigma of HIV in someone's mind a little?" [4].

External links

  • gayhiphop.com (archived by the Internet Archive as at 13 October 2007)


  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onemusic/documentaries/homohop539p01.shtml BBC Radio - BBC Introducing
  2. Vhannel 4: Coming Out to Class
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-iiosi-pink-list-2008-852032.html
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QBoy