Deborah Cox: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

30 DAYS OF PRIDE - LOVE LETTERS
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Deborah Cox

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, R&B singer-songwriter Deborah Cox, who is slated to perform at Pride Island in NYC, shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

Once, a makeup artist told me he was afraid to come out. His parents didn't understand that he was born that way and they made him an outcast in his family.  This is not an unfamiliar story -- many even consider suicide.

I’ve been told my music has helped to empower people who are struggling. Songs like "Absolutely Not" have given them the courage to be themselves. Most of the fans tell me that my music has been the soundtrack of their lives, and they have been brave to face their families who shame them.

My passion is and always has been the LGBTQ youth -- the ones that have a hard time coming out, being bullied, that kind of thing. Helping them get their point across and really be heard.  Stopping the stigma, stopping the bullying, and raising awareness to the mainstream that being gay and being a lesbian -- it’s not going anywhere. We must learn to live together.

Gay Pride Month 2017

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