Stephanie Beatriz: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

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Stephanie Beatriz

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz, who came out as bisexual in 2016, shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

To the LGBTQ Community,

I love you.

I love you for being so open, so funny, so honest, courageous, and accepting. I love you for how damn strong you are.

It was all of you who paved the way for me to reach for the truth inside myself and listen to voice in my heart that wanted me to live a full and open life. It was through your sacrifices and stories that I found my own bravery. You are so much of why I am finding my truest, most authentic self.

I love you for the deep joy and beauty that runs in your blood, in your bones, in your souls. It is that joy and beauty and HUMANNESS that makes me so deeply more and more in love with you every single day. My favorite quote about love belongs here, because I just don’t have the words to tell you how much love i have for you as well as Shakespeare can.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,

My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite.”

Gay Pride Month 2017