June is Pride Month, a time to not only specifically recognize the effect the LGBTQ community has had on the world, but to also to inspire, educate, and commemorate diversity within the global community. In celebration of the spirit behind Pride, Selena Gomez wrote a moving "love letter to the LGBTQ community" as a series for Billboard that details her experiences her own personal story of growing up with nothing but love for the gay community, and also her hopes for a future of widespread acceptance and equal rights.
"I remember as a young child going to brunch on Sundays with my mom and her group of friends," Selena wrote. "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. She also surprised me at my 16th birthday party with a performance by the most beautiful drag queen singing my favorite song," Selena added. "I don't think most 16 year olds can say that!"
Selena also shared stories of when she learned about specific issues facing the gay community.
"My co-writer Justin Tranter couldn’t believe I had never seen the Madonna documentary Truth or Dare and so while we were in Mexico he sat me down to watch it with him. I loved it and was especially struck by how groundbreaking it was for the gay rights movement and how far LGBTQ rights have come in my lifetime," she wrote. "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."
Selena actively works to fight for LGBTQ rights, both with her voice and financial fundraising efforts – and it is so awesome that she is encouraging her fanbase to do the same.