Pride Month an 'incredibly personal time' for Belinda Carlisle

Sun. June 4, 2017 10:25 PM by News Staff

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LGBT ally and singer Belinda Carlisle promised in a "love letter" to the LGBT community to always "stand up" for her LGBT fans - and for her out gay son, James Duke. 

Carlisle is among the celebrities participating in Billboard's Love Letters to the LGBT Community campaign.

Carlisle, who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time, is a proud member of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

"It's an honor to be able to share some words with you as we celebrate Pride Month this year. It's an incredibly personal time for me, seeing as I have a gay son who is also a very vocal activist," she wrote. "I remember vividly what it was like in the early days of his coming out; I could see in his eyes how uncertain he was about the reaction he might get from me as well as the rest of his family and friends. Of course, my husband and I accepted him with open arms, as did his friends, but so many others go through a different and far less positive experience."

"Pride is about showing the LGBTQ community that they have nothing to worry about -- that everything is going to be okay. There's a lot of love out there and that's why we celebrate each and every June. I've always been incredibly proud of my LGBTQ following, and I will always be there to stand up for you," she added.

Carlisle has performed at over 25 pride events across the country, including PrideFest Milwaukee and Chicago Pride Fest.