Twenty years ago, when I was living in fear and trapped inside the closet, I never could have imagined that I'd one day celebrate being gay with thousands from around the world. Eight years ago, when I started making "mixes" for my spin class, I never dreamed that I'd one day headline the world's most iconic PRIDE event alongside two of my music industry heroes -- Ralphi Rosario and Corey Craig -- and my all-time favorite artist, @kylieminogue.
I'm not gonna lie... I was super anxious heading into last night's NYC Pride Pier Dance. More than anything, I was worried I'd be so nervous that I'd forget to enjoy it. So, I made a promise to myself that I was going to get out of my head and instead be present to the greatness of the moment. The beautiful sunset. The awe-inspiring crowd. The celebratory energy. The rain. All of it.
Rather than worry about the next song I'd play or the timing of a perfect transition, I focused instead on what were creating together last night. Love. Joy. Freedom. PRIDE. Real PRIDE... for our community, for the values we share, for the liberation that we've found in each other. And, more than ever before, I felt so profoundly grateful that music has helped me find a home in this community and given me access to a world of real freedom and self-expression.
Thank you @chrisfrederick and the entire @nycpride team for inviting me to be part of last night's celebration, and to the hundreds of volunteers who worked around the clock to deliver such a special event. Thanks also to @ralphi_rosario and @coreycraig for being such terrific friends and colleagues -- it's always such a privilege to share the stage with you.
And most importantly.... THANK YOU to the 7000 beautiful people who created magic on the pier last night! I'm grateful beyond words for the love you share with me and for the special community we create on the dance floor. My heart is overflowing with pride and gratitude.
Until next time, NYC! ️#LetTheJoyRise #OnANightLikeThis #NYCPride