For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write ‘love letters’ to the LGBTQ community. Below, pop superstar Demi Lovato — who showed her support for transgender rights during her 2016 Billboard Music Awards performance — shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
This is for some of my closest friends, for the young gay men who dance their hearts out at my shows, for the fabulous drag queens at bingo night who own every room they walk in to, and for a wonderful and kind community who have embraced, loved, and championed me for as long as I can remember.
Over the last month or so, I’ve loved watching so many people unite and come together to celebrate Pride Month. This is a community who are so incredibly close to my heart. Every single interaction I’ve ever had with the LGBTQ community has always been filled with pure love, enthusiasm, and passion for life. I know there are millions of people out there who feel exactly the same way as I do.
When I hear about discrimination and setbacks, that truly breaks my heart. I struggle with wrapping my head around the fact that we live in a world where love and equal rights still have to be questioned or discounted. You all have been a huge part of my life and my existence. You inspire, empower, and encourage me every day, and I will continue to stand with you and will give you all the same and more in return.