For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, disco/soul legend Martha Wash -- who sang one of the all-time best gay anthems "It's Raining Men" as part of the Weather Girls, as well as backup for the pioneering Sylvester -- shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
The LGBTQ community first embraced me back in the 70s, and all these years later, the embrace is still strong. Yes, we've all had our ups and downs, but you continue to stand and fight -- as I will also with you. It means the world to me when fans tell me they've followed me through the Sylvester years, or they came out to my music, or someone decided not to take their life. These are the people I sing for. So to all you beautiful people out their I say: stand strong, don't give in and carry on.