Melissa Etheridge will never forget the first time she walked into a gay bar.
She was 18 when she walked through the doors of a Boston nightclub called The Prelude in 1979. “It was scary,” the music icon tells me. “But the second time I walked in, I was like, ‘OK, my people. I’m at home.'”
I spoke to Etheridge on the American Music Awards carpet on Sunday afternoon. It hasn’t even been 24 hours since we learned the terrible news that a gunman killed five people and injured at least 25 others in a late night shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs. , Colorado.
“My love goes out to all of my brothers and sisters in Colorado Springs,” Etheridge said. “This problem we have in our society – fear of others – is an epidemic and a disease. Saying that people who are different are to be feared created this kind of event.
Kim Petras said she was first accepted into gay clubs. “I’m someone who’s needed gay clubs since I was a kid to feel at home anywhere and to hear the music I wanted to hear and be around people who see me for who I am,” he said. said the “Unholy” hitmaker. . “It was my safe place as a trans girl, as a teenager, as someone who didn’t fit in.”
Petras, who grew up in Germany and is now based in Los Angeles, called for stricter gun control in the United States. “The only place where I feel accepted and free is a gay club,” she said. “Something must be done.”
Dove Cameron, who identifies as queer, said she and her team had a group hug and a moment to honor the Colorado Springs victims before heading to the AMAs. “It’s incredibly fucked up. It’s incredibly disheartening. It’s depressing,” she said. “If you’re in the public eye, even if you’re not queer, you have to speak out, you have to say something because the public is likely to be influenced. There is a lot going on right now that is anti-queer. We all need to take a stand and stand with our queer friends and do our best to our community.
She added: “Queer visibility is more important than ever…it’s in a permanent state of importance because of the magnitude of our rights to be won right now.