R&B songstress Letoya Luckett is living the meaning behind her former bandmates hit single Independent Women with a brand new album in stores (Lady Love), a new film soon to be released (The Preacher's Kid), and fiercely progressive views in support of the LGBT community and marriage equality.
LeToya is a multiple award-winning artist and businesswoman who writes and performs her own music, acts in major motion pictures, and runs her own boutiques. Luckett's gay fans were able to get up close and personal with the singer during a recent appearance at The 19th Annual Latex Ball in New York City reported on loldarian. com last week.
She recently sat down with The Advocate to talk about her budding career and her views on LGBT folks and marriage equality. And I must say one other diva(who will remain nameless) could take a few lesson from Ms. Luckett in this department.
From The Advocate:
Advocate: You’re from Houston, where you have played Gay Pride festivals. Are attitudes in the South changing toward the LGBT community?
Do I think it’s becoming more accepted? Absolutely. Ab-so-lutely. It’s one of those things that’s like, you know what, you’ve got to let people be who they are. Whether you agree with a lifestyle or not, you have to let that person be who they are. You have to love them for who they are.
I just went to the Latex Ball in New York. Oh, my God! I have never seen so much creativity in one room. So much freedom. That’s what I appreciate about the gay community. You know: Do you and don’t worry about other people and their opinions. It’s so colorful and lively, and everybody’s not sitting around and -- you know when you go to a club and everybody’s sitting around and standing along the walls and people watch? It’s not about that. Everybody [at gay clubs] is ready to let their hair down and have fun and get into it, and that’s about love.
I hadn’t had that much fun in a long time. A lo-o-ong time. I mean, they were givin’ it, Honey! Gi-ving. And I love that. I love it. I can’t stand hateful people. I can’t stand hard-hearted people, and unfortunately there’s a lot of people like that in this world, and it’s got to die. Let it die, let it die, let it die. Let love live.
Advocate: Gay marriage is the next major American civil rights hurdle. Do you see gay marriage ever being legal in, say, Texas?
You know what? It eventually has to, or people are going to move and go to places where it’s accepted. It’s going to have to happen eventually. I don’t know if it’ll happen tomorrow, but whatever is in God’s will, it will be. Hey, everybody deserves love. Everybody deserves commitment. And why shouldn’t the gay community have that?
I loved her before but this solidifies it for me. Get into Letoya Luckett's new video "She Ain't Got" from her sophomore album Lady Love in stores now here.