Carole King: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community

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Carole King

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write "love letters" to the LGBTQ community. Below, legendary singer and songwriter Carole King shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

I’m old enough to remember friends growing up in the last century who thought being L or G or B or T or Q made them “the other” not only to others but to themselves. Sadly, in this century, too many people (who may themselves be suffering) are turning to fear, hatred, and blame rather than to love.

After years of fighting for AIDS research and against arbitrary barriers defining “normal,” you, and consequently all of us, have come a long way. You inspired me so much by never giving up until the law recognized everyone’s right to marry the person he/she/they loved. Your fierce determination to love in the face of societal hostility showed us all that the definition of love is limitless.

My hope for the future is that every being will live in harmony, peace, joy, love and light.

Gay Pride Month 2017