A Great Big World: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write "love letters" to the LGBTQ community. Below, singer/songwriter duo A Great Big World shares theirs. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

Hi! Chad here. If you are part of the LGBTQ community and beyond, I first have to say, thank you. Thank you for being brave enough to be beautifully and unapologetically you. You’ve inspired both Ian and I so much.

Because of you and the support we feel from you, we continue to dig deeper and live and speak our truth as much as possible, both in everyday life and in our songs. I remember when we were writing our song “Hold Each Other," it was originally written from the perspective of a guy to a girl, which works for Ian but not for me.

But the idea of changing the pronoun to match my sexual orientation was terrifying! Even as an openly gay man living in New York City, I was still super uncomfortable with it. I grew up in a time when guys didn’t sing about other guys. It just wasn’t done. I ultimately decided to lean into my fear and sing my truth. I thought about all of you...and how you’ve boldly and courageously shown the world your colors.

Thank you for helping show me and so many others the way. We love you x infinity.

Chad (and Ian)

A Great Big World

Gay Pride Month 2017