June 1st marks the beginning of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and Billboard has honoured "the impact LGBT people have in the world" by asking many celebs to write "love letters" to the queer community.
Selena Gomez was one of those celebrities, and this is her letter:
"I remember as a young child going to brunch on Sundays with my mom and her group of friends. 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 favourite song. I don’t think most 16-year-olds can say that!
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. 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."
It's a beautiful letter, but it's not the content which is upsetting a lot of people. It's what she hasn't supported, which is the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
In the past, Sel has been slammed for not speaking up about the issue.
Many fans are wondering if Selena can so openly support #Pride2017, she can help other causes too.
Selena has yet to respond to the backlash, but regardless of the hate she is getting, it is a beautiful thing she has done for the LGBTQ+ community, and people should appreciate that.
In saying so, every important matter and community should be supported, and with their loud voices, celebrities can help.