Theo Rossi: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

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Theo Rossi

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, Luke Cage and Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi shares his. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

Pride
pr?d/

noun
1.
a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

verb
1.
be especially proud of a particular quality or skill.

The word PRIDE is one that I have chased, admired and tried to spread throughout my entire life. PRIDE in your actions, PRIDE in what you represent to our world, and most importantly PRIDE in who you are. The LGBTQ community has shown me, and the world, what it is to truly believe in yourself and be proud of who you are in this world we live in today. Our differences are what set us apart and make us unique in this life. Those differences and uniqueness only truly come alive when we have PRIDE in them.

Growing up as a youngster in NYC I was exposed to every single community and culture our beautiful world had to offer. The LGBTQ community always showed me from a young age that it was okay to express yourself and be exactly who you wanted to be. By being true to your passions, your life, and your identity you would be better equipped to serve our world with love and compassion.

I will always have the LGBTQ communities' back because they taught me that PRIDE is more than a word in a dictionary, it is a symbol of strength.

Gay Pride Month 2017