For Pride Month, Billboard got a whole host of celebrities to write open love letters to the LGBTQ community.
The letters range from allies, to members of community – including Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, Tegan and Sara, Christina Aguilera, Sia, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, and many, many more.
Selena Gomez wrote in her letter, “I remember as a young child going to brunch on Sundays with my mom and her group of friends. 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. I definitely give credit to her for raising me in an environment that was incredibly open-minded and non-judgmental.”
“I am so very grateful for my queer community and would have withered away long ago without them. Specifically my manager David, who has held my hand now for 12 years, through light and dark. He recently came out publicly as HIV positive, and the transformation of his shame into self-acceptance has been magic to watch. I am so happy and proud of him,” wrote Sia in her letter.
Britney Spears was the only participant to send in an actual handwritten letter, writing, “Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”
In a long letter to her LGBTQ fans, Christina Aguilera wrote, “In this month of June and every other day of the year please know that to me you all represent the daily driving voice that tells me to keep going, to triumph against all odds and to celebrate being unique. Because being unique doesn’t make us different from anyone else – it just makes us more special.”
Elton John, a true LGBTQ icon, wrote to his fans, “Thank you. Thank you for accepting me – even when others didn’t. Thank you for never judging – even when times were tough. Thank you for always embracing my music – even after all these years.”
Celine Dion wrote in her letter, “All of you have made such a positive impact on my life, and I hope and pray that our world will continue to better understand that acceptance and tolerance are virtues that we can never have enough of.”