Cazwell: Letter to the LGBTQ Community

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For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, out-and-proud rapper Cazwell shares his. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

Thank you for being so strong and resilient. My first memory of the gay community was when I was in third grade. There was a brand new epidemic in the news and it seemed every time I was in front of the TV, I would see gay men and women protesting the Reagan administration for their lack of empathy. Gay men were dying left and right. There seemed to be a new gay genocide and we weren’t having it. The community was fighting to get funding for AIDS research. I heard “we’re here, we’re queer, get used it it!” before I had any idea what it really meant. Now I know. When something is dead wrong, the community gets up and puts our feelings into action. No questions asked. 

June 26, 2015, when marriage equality was legalized in the United States, we proved to the world again that when we persist, we get results. It is so essential that we keep that fire sparked at all times. Now more than ever. Let's not take our struggle for granted. Please don’t forget that our trans brothers and sisters need us to have their backs right now. The trans community has fought with us since the days of Stonewall and it's time we prove to the current administration and to the world that no one f---s with our family. 

Stay strong. Stay gay. 

Gay Pride Month 2017