Selena Gomez has written a love letter to the LGBTQ community. Billboard, which has asked several celebrities to share their LGBTQ tributes to mark Gay Pride Month, published the 24-year-old pop star’s letter this morning.
“I definitely give credit to [my mom] for raising me in an environment that was incredibly open-minded and non-judgmental,” Gomez wrote, recounting childhood memories of being surrounded by a group of her mother’s friends whom she later realized were all gay.
Selena’s mom surprised her on her sixteenth birthday by hiring “the most beautiful drag queen” to perform her favorite song, which is legit the best sweet sixteen gift we’ve ever heard of.
While she’s inspired by “how far LGBTQ rights have come in [her[ lifetime,” Gomez acknowledges there is still a lot more work to be done.
This isn’t the first time Selena has spoken up about LGBTQ rights. Last year, the singer actively protested against the so-called “bathroom bill” in North Carolina by performing a show and donating the proceeds to LGBTQ-supporting charities, slamming the state’s lawmakers in the process.
“I am very fortunate to have grown up in a home where I learned from an early age that everyone should be treated equally,” she said at the time. “I feel like my generation is the most progressive one yet and believe there will be a day soon when laws like HB2 won’t even be a consideration.”
Read the full letter over at Billboard.