For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write ‘love letters’ to the LGBTQ community. Below, hit singer and songwriter Jessie J shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
My first official show was at the club Heaven in London. I was 17 or 18 years old and I was terrified. I wore a lace catsuit, my hair back combed into a mohawk, black patent stripper shoes and music notes drawn on my face. Super low key (obvs).
The stage was in the middle of the dance floor and the guy who booked me stopped the music (that was going off, might I add) and announced me performing. No one had a clue who I was. It went silent and I climbed onto the stage, my music blared out and I started singing “Mamma Knows Best.” I will never forget that moment. The love and support I was shown then was overwhelming and has never stopped from the LGBTQ community. I felt accepted, understood and respected. The feeling was, and will always be, mutual.
Late last year I was asked to perform at the OnePulse Gala to remember all the beautiful people who lost their lives in the awful shooting in Orlando. I was honored and humbled to find out “Domino” was one of the most requested songs at the club, so I sang it in their honor and memory.
I feel so lucky and often so overwhelmed that my music can help people feel okay — okay to be themselves, to feel loved and free; as they should.
Love is love and no one should be discriminated or labeled for the choices they make on what their heart feels. It’s your life. Live it how you want to live it and be happy. You are all so special. I love and support you all. Forever.