"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.