The Broadway Singer and Actor on loving small-town Pride

“As a symbol, Pride month stands to remind us of the legacy of the Stonewall riots. It’s important for our community to have a sense of history and unity in that way. And from a political perspective, our celebration is an important reminder to the rest of the nation that we are a massive and united community.

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“I am still very much on my journey to self-acceptance but if I could offer one piece of advice to someone struggling it would be to seek community. I was probably 14 or 15 years old [the first time I celebrated Pride]. It was a very humble and sparse gathering in the streets of my southern hometown. I was awestruck by the attendees’ courage to celebrate so openly and immediately felt a sense of belonging. It’s very meaningful to see a parade with only a few dozen participants who, despite their small number, are still willing to take up space and celebrate.

“As we progress, I hope to see an industry that amplifies and supports LGBTQ+ voices and organizations during the other 11 months of the year too. “[Allies can] patronize businesses and events run by our community members, support us with their vote and call their representatives when harmful legislation is proposed against us. Celebrate the art we make! Donate to organizations that seek to support us and advance our causes. And come party with us!”

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