Courtney Love: 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, rock music icon Courtney Love shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.

I have always felt honored to be connected to the LGBTQ community. In fact, stepping out on a stage where the audience is not so inclusive often feels scary. You understand art and music in such an incredible way that as an artist, performing becomes a two-way process.

Back in 2013 I remember a show in Port Chester, NY. The audience was straight women with their husbands, and as an artist, it was fairly terrifying. The crowd was there because my record was in the charts but they didn’t know the words or connect with my songs. Afterwards, I didn’t feel comfortable to sign autographs.

To quote the Beauty and the Beast story my daughter and I used to read as a child: ‘love changes your life forever’ but in this day and age nobody should face judgment because love is the strongest weapon we have in the universe.

Live today and every day with pride! With Love, C.

Gay Pride Month 2017