LGBTQ

Martin Garrix writers love letter to the LGBTQ community

As June takes recognition for the LGBTQ pride month many artists have voiced their support for the community. For most of us, connecting with our favorite artists is mostly done through watching live performances or the lucky few who get to meet and greet. Although a rarity, we get to see the other side of artists when they are away from the decks and involve themselves through matters we share daily throughout the world.

Netherlands powerhouse and DJMag’s world number one DJ Martin Garrix is one of the latest artists to share his support for the LGBTQ community with a letter that shares his perspective on the topic. The Dutch DJ who has a residency with the newly White Island club Hï Ibiza and is widely known for his immense success in the electronic dance music scene, Martin wrote a love letter recounting how the citizens of his loved home country linked together to support the LGBTQ community. Garrix provided a personal message on his own experiences.

Martin Garrix joins a number of public figures including American singer, songwriter and actress Barbera Streisand, academic and politician Elizabeth Warren and renowned pianist the much loved Sir Elton John. All shared their support through narratives as part of Billboards “Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community” series.

Earlier this month, GRiZ shared his story on coming to terms with his sexuality with The Huffington Post. Take a look below at the letter by Martin Garrix and check here to read more Pride month love letters.

 

I’ve been raised with the belief that everyone is equal no matter what gender, skin color, or sexual orientation. I’m from The Netherlands which is one of the most liberal and accepting countries when it comes to LGBT rights, but even here, not everyone is accepting. 

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.