For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write "love letters" to the LGBTQ community. Below, pop singer Charli XCX shares hers. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
The LGBTQ community is a community which I have been constantly inspired by from a young age. There weren’t very many out kids at the school I went to. I was familiar with LGBTQ culture but hadn’t really immersed myself in it before the age 15. Just before I turned 16, I began putting my music online and began to get invited to perform at warehouse parties in London. I lived an hour and a half away, in Hertfordshire, and had never really gone to London for anything like this before. As soon as I arrived I was basically in another world. My eyes were opened up to so many new things and experiences and cultures -- many which were linked, influenced or led by the LGBTQ community. I was introduced to club kid fashion, drag queens, gay clubs, inspirational members the LGBTQ community, the idea that being totally yourself was cool, the idea mass acceptance and embracing exactly who you are... I felt very special and honored to be experiencing what I was experiencing. Everything was so fun and exciting to me. And everything was extremely inspiring and influential.
The LGBTQ community has shaped who I am as an artist today. I am lucky enough to have worked with some amazing people within this community from all over the world; from all walks life. I will continue to be inspired by LGBTQ people and culture until the day I die. This community is a beautiful, fun, exciting and safe place, which will always be strong, powerful and loving in the face any danger or negativity. I am thankful every day for my friends, fans and collaborators, who belong to this very special community. Without you I’d be nothing.
Charli XCX performs at Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour stop Thursday night (June 21) at London's Wembley Stadium and will host her own afterparty on Friday (June 22) at Jodie Harsh’s Dollar Baby club night at Metropolis.