The 2019 Grammys

Nomi Ruiz Releases Benefit Songs for LGBTQ Youth & Talks Realizing Her Self-Worth

Pedro Quintana
Nomi Ruiz

Valentine’s Day isn’t great for everyone -- and NYC-based artist Nomi Ruiz recognizes that: “For a lot of us, holidays can be a reminder of things we long for. Things which the world at times leaves us feeling unworthy of. For me, one of those things has been love.”

So instead of releasing sappy love songs, Ruiz has opted to release a pair of tracks that she wrote while realizing her own self-worth: “Lonely Love Affair” and “Still Your Girl.”

"These songs explore the gray areas of infidelity,” Ruiz explained. “I haven't always been in control of the path my love life has taken and have struggled to align my actions with my self-worth. Writing these songs helped me evolve by reflecting on those moments from various perspectives and coming to terms with the wounds they've left behind -- not only on myself but on all parties involved."

Ruiz is donating the proceeds of her songs to Hetrick-Martin Institute, an organization that provides a safe space for LGBTQ youth.

“They provided me with a safe space to navigate my way through self-discovery as a transgender youth, something that not all LGBTQ folk have access to. Oftentimes not even in our own homes,” said Ruiz. “Not only did they take me in and provide me with the freedom to self-express and meet like-minded individuals on a similar path to self-discovery, they also provided me with opportunities to be of service to my community through outreach."

Check out “Lonely Love Affair” and “Still Your Girl” below.