Gia: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

Julian Burgueno
Gia

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, up-and-coming singer Gia shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

After dropping my debut single "Only A Girl," I was very nervous for my family and friends and how I might be perceived by people I knew and didn't know. At the time I felt very unsure about coming out so boldly, considering no one knew beforehand. My most memorable experience wasn't just one but more the impact all together of the response and all the different loving reactions to me coming out and to the video.

All the messages from LGBTQ fans telling me that my song inspired them to come out made me realize what I'm doing is completely worthwhile and important. Performing at LA Pride 2016 was such an overwhelming emotional experience because having my very first show at an event specifically for the LGBTQ community was a dream come true. However there was one specific fan, who was one of the first, reached out expressing that he was totally closeted but my song gave him the courage to come out to his family. This truly hit home for me because not only was my art able to create a life-changing moment for another person but that i was able to help someone struggling with the same thing I did.

There are so many people in the world that are still unaccepting of the LGBTQ community and if I can make it a little easier for anybody, that fulfills my purpose. I have so much love for everyone, gay or straight. For anyone who needs someone to talk to, you can reach me personally through my Instagram, @Giazuss. I love you all so much.

Gay Pride Month 2017