Heart To Heart is a new monthly feature for Billboard Pride where we pair a young LGBTQ influencer with a musician of their choosing to talk about queer topics. To kick off the series, we choose David Olshanetsky, known for his Tumblr The Shitney Spears. Not only is his Tumblr the most popular male account in the U.K., it's the most popular LGBTQ account in the world. He chose to speak with "Paper Love" cool girl Allie X. The two talk about, among other things, pop concerts being a safe place for LGBTQ youth, how the Internet has changed the coming out process and journalist Dean Eastmond: "He could have changed the world, you know? He was just that kind of person," said Allie X. Read the conversation below.
David: Going through your social media you often share your followers' tweets where they're like, "I'm going to the show alone. Does anyone want to meet up?" Things like that. I feel like you're the only artist I've ever seen do that. That's such an amazing thing. Do you feel it's really important to create a community of your fans?
Allie X: Yeah! I do. I'm always trying to want to connect with fans and to connect them to each other. I mean, there's other things that I'm trying to do, but in terms of connectivity, that is really important to me. And you know, I am a smaller artist still and there are people that are super passionate about my music, but not everyone in their circle knows about me. I'm not sure if maybe they tried to convince [their friends] to come and they just don't. But yeah, I've always trying to find ways to connect fans to each other.