Selena Gomez is showing her support for the LGBTQ community during Pride Month with a heartfelt letter. The “Bad Liar” singer joined numerous celebrities to write “love letters” as a part of Billboard‘s 30 Days of Pride during the month of June.
The 24-year-old reminisced about her experience of hanging around her mother’s openly gay friends when she was young. She shared that she didn’t know their sexualities and only remembers their personalities. “I had no idea they were all gay as I didn’t even comprehend what that meant at the time. All I knew is that I loved being surrounded by these kind, fun and loving friends my mother had around her,” wrote Gomez. “I definitely give credit to her for raising me in an environment that was incredibly open-minded and non-judgmental.” She also revealed that her mother surprised her with a drag queen performance at her 16th birthday.
And it wasn’t necessarily her mother’s friends or the birthday surprise that moved the singer; Madonna‘s documentary Truth or Dare opened her eyes to how far the LGBTQ community has come during her lifetime. “[I] was especially struck by how groundbreaking it was for the gay rights movement,” she wrote.
Although the community has come far, SelGo says there’s still a long way to go. However, she remains hopeful concluding her letter with: “There is still a significant amount of work to do, and I look forward to the day when a person is never judged, discriminated or feared for their sexuality.”
Just last year, Gomez donated proceeds of her Revival Tour concert in North Carolina to fight the state’s anti-transgender legislation know as the “bathroom law.” The law, which was repealed earlier this year, restricted transgenders from using bathrooms in line with the gender with which they identify.
Additional celebrities who participated in the “love letters” include Naya Rivera, Christina Aguilera, Lauren Jauregui and more.