For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, country singer Kacey Musgraves shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
I've not always been the "Follow Your Arrow" girl. It's embarrassing to admit but I wasn't always so open-minded. Growing up in rural East Texas I can count on on only a few fingers the amount of interactions I had with anyone gay throughout my entire childhood and most of which was clouded by closed-minded viewpoints and sneers. I love where I came from but the stance on homosexuality is unfortunately still pretty archaic and behind the facts.
Becoming an adult is shedding the outlook of whoever you were around in your formidable years and forming opinions of your own through experience. Directly out of high school, one of my best friends at the time came out to me one night. Through his long pauses and deep breaths I knew it was something that was very hard for him to say -- especially considering the homophobic words he heard daily by his own father. His bravery and honesty completely changed the way that I'd thought I viewed the entire subject.