During the inaugural Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Pride Summit, which was held this past Thursday (Aug. 8) at the 1 Hotel in West Hollywood and served as a gathering to celebrate the influence of the LGBTQ+ community on music, media, and entertainment, Billboard caught up with a handful of attendees and panelists to find out what pride means to them.
“Pride gives everyone around the world a unique opportunity to see that they’re not alone,” Shea Diamond told Billboard. “To come out wherever they are and to see that we stand with you. And that we stand as a pride.”
To Big Freedia, pride means living one’s best life and living one’s truth. “And just being free, being myself,” she added.
“It really is our time just to scream from the rooftops,” stated Gigi Gorgeous. “Feeling and being gorgeous.”
Tegan Quin revealed that for her, pride is about being okay with both the good days and the bad days, as well as the “insecurities and the strengths” that she feels being queer gives her.
When asked what pride means to him, Justin Tranter replied, “Living in your truth fully and celebrating that as you do it,” while Victoria Monét responded that it is about “honesty, chosen family, support, being who you truly are.”
Blair St. Clair, who was also in attendance, told Billboard, “Pride to me is about truly finding who it is within yourself that you love and that you wanna celebrate and know that you are a boss ass bitch. And that is perfect.”