Laverne Cox, Lizzo, Frankie Grande, and More Reveal What Pride Means to Them

June 21, 2019

By Jacquie Cadorette

As Pride month reaches its final days, RADIO.COM’s Channel Q sat down with some of the proudest in the industry to get their thoughts on what it means to have pride and how to successfully be an ally. 

The video kicks off with Channel Q’s own Shira Lazar, host of Let’s Go There. She talks about how it can be easy to jump right into the bright, colorful, music-filled pride festivities that happen all June long, but it’s important to recognize your place in the mix. 

“Part of recognizing your privilege is knowing when to speak up and when to pass the mic,” Lazar explains. So when it comes time to being a mic-passer, how do you know being your best ally self? 

Rainbow fanny packs ftw! #santamonica #pride

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Lizzo chimes in with her thoughts. “The most important thing you can do to show your ally-ship is to listen and also give a platform to the marginalized people you’re being an ally to,” she explains. 

It’s not just about speaking up for your LGBTQ+ friends – it’s about giving them a chance to speak up for themselves, too. Frankie Grande’s take on pride is all about screaming into the microphone in front of you.

yesterday i biked 111 miles in a rainbow tutu... and i literally couldn’t be prouder. --------‍♂️ 200 miles down in 2 days... 245 to go. #pride #aidslifecycle #gay #gayer #gayest --

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“The louder that we are, the more that we can be seen and heard,” Grande reveals. But that doesn’t mean that pride looks the same on everyone. When asked what pride means to them, these stars had varying responses. 

“Pride is about celebrating every aspect of who you are,” Laverne Cox says. Sometimes, understanding every part of who you are is the hardest part, which is why Debra Messing has a much simpler take. “It’s a big smile. It’s exuberant. It’s joyous,” Messing explains.