For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write ‘love letters’ to the LGBTQ community. Below, dance-pop singer and actress Tiffany shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
I have always been extremely grateful for the LGBTQ community’s passionate support throughout my career. I believe music heals and connects people across all communities — especially within the LGBTQ community.
Eight years ago I was at a fundraiser concert in rural Nevada. It was so poorly organized that I was frustrated by the time I hit the stage. Following the concert I hosted a meet-and-greet with fans, and this is where I was reminded of the power of music and storytelling. I met a 17-year-old girl who approached me with a sadness about her. She told me she had cried all night listening to my music because she could relate to the loneliness in some of the songs and these songs expressed exactly how she felt. During our conversation she informed me she was a transgender girl who was going to kill herself following the concert because of the hardship of living at home with her mother and stepfather who did not approve of her. I told her to hang in there, as she was almost 18, and to move away from home and find a job and a support system that love and cares about her, even though it would be hard.
I eventually connected her with some friends in Los Angeles in the LGBTQ community. This was a life changing and uplifting moment for us both. As an artist, this form of healing and inspiration is all we can hope for. Through music, no one is ever alone. Thank you for your continuous support.