Singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera
will headline LA Pride, Los Angeles' annual LGBTQ Pride celebration.
LA Pride, one of the largest LGBTQ
Pride events in the world, was held virtually over the past two years
due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Aguilera will headline Saturday's LA
Pride in the Park.
Speaking with PEOPLE, Aguilera, a
long-time LGBTQ ally, said that she feels connected to the LGBTQ
community because she's “all about people standing up for what they
“We've all come from struggle; We've
all had to fight to be heard,” she
“I was also proud to put a spotlight
on the LGBTQ+ community with my 'Beautiful' music video, which
features a gay couple, as well as a trans woman. I wasn't thinking
too much about it beyond wanting to show people owning who they are.
It was somehow taboo at the time, but it represented something so
true. I still hear stories about how that video has helped people,
and it means everything to me.”
“Being an LGBTQ+ ally is not
something that's short-lived. It's in my DNA. Over the years, I've
raised awareness about HIV and AIDS and helped families of victims of
the Pulse nightclub shooting.”
“I also want to mention that my
friends in the LGBTQ+ community have helped me in ways that I will
never forget. They've allowed me the freedom to be myself and share
my deepest, darkest secrets with them. I left the house very young to
pursue a label deal, and my mom was busy raising my younger brother,
so it was a lot of navigating on my own. On the road, my glam squad
became my support system and family.”
“I'm going to be headlining L.A.
Pride on June 11, and there's nothing like performing for my LGBTQ+
fans. I feel safe with them to express myself however I want, whether
it be through a huge ballad or something super sensual because they
appreciate it all. I get to be as colorful and loud as I want to be.
They're my people,” Aguilera said.
Also appearing on Saturday will be
Anitta, Syd, Chika, and Michaela Jaé
(formerly MJ Rodriguez).