Trailblazer award recipient Janelle Monáe spoke with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs and Tetris Kelly on the pink carpet at the 13th annual Women in Music event, discussing what she wants her legacy to be and what advice she has for young LGBTQ people struggling to come out.
Asked what she would like to be her legacy, Monáe told Billboard, “I hope to be remembered as a selfless person, someone who gave. Gave through art, through music, through my philanthropic efforts. Somebody that just really spent the time to help and mentor up-and-coming artists so that they won’t have to bust down the doors that we as artists now are busting down.”
The singer also shared words of advice for fellow LGBTQ people who might be struggling to come out, stating that it is important that they do it when they are ready.
“I think everyone has their own timing of when they feel comfortable,” she said. “There are certain conversations that may need to happen. So don’t feel rushed. I think that sexuality is a journey, I think that we’re always constantly learning about ourselves and who we are, and when you do decide to come out, know that you have a strong community right here waiting for you to embrace you — especially me. I’m here and I love you.”
You can watch the full video interview with Janelle Monáe above, and watch her acceptance speech below.