Betty Who: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community
For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, pop singer-songwriter and outspoken LGBTQ ally Betty Who shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
Finally, my favorite time of year has come: Pride Season. From the first show I ever played in NYC (where I sold out a tiny club on the Lower East Side and, truth be told, thought my dad had paid for all the tickets when in reality it was just 85 gay men ready to dance with me) to the incredibly heartwarming Home Depot marriage proposal video of Spencer and Dustin in Salt Lake City, my entire career has been shaped and defined by the LGBTQ+ community. It is such an honor to play pride festivals every summer.
Pride is a celebration of exactly that: being proud of who you are. I am reminded so often by the people I meet and the shows I play that finding a place to be yourself, finding a community of people who accept you for all that you were meant to be is entirely too rare. But every summer, without fail, I get to stand in front of a group of humans who are young, old, gay, straight, loud, queer, dressed up, undressed, whatever they want to be. And it’s okay. It is absolutely and entirely okay. I can’t think of anything more special than that.