Read Martin Garrix’s love letter to the LGBTQ community
Throughout the course of LGBT Pride Month, countless artists have voiced their and support for the LGBTQ community. Earlier in June, GRiZ notably told his story of coming to terms with his sexuality in an inspirational OP-ED for Huffington Post. Now, Martin Garrix has provided another far-reaching perspective on the topic.
As part of Billboard’s “Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community” series, the Dutch artist joined public figures such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and Elizabeth Warren to write his own narrative of support for equality regardless of sexual orientation.
In his “love letter,” Garrix recounted how citizens of his country linked together in support of the LGBTQ community after two gay men were assaulted for holding hands in public, and provided his own personal message of advocacy based on his own experiences performing:
A couple of weeks ago, two gay men were assaulted in Holland because they were holding hands. A tragic event which sparked a beautiful response; a couple of days after the event took place hundreds of people walked hand in hand through Amsterdam to show their solidarity including many politicians. When people unite and stand up for other people’s rights it creates such a beautiful and powerful message. We will not be defined by these heinous acts but instead how we band together and react to them, loyal, united and filled with love.
Whenever I’m on stage it makes me so happy to see all these different people in the crowd having fun together. Music really unites people and no matter who tries to get in our way, it will always continue to do so. This Pride month I’m sending my love and immense gratitude to the entire LGBTQ community which includes my friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and of course my incredibly loyal fans.
Love is love.
Read Garrix’s full love letter on Billboard.
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