Singing queer superstar Todrick Hall graces the cover of the Pride Issue of Billboard magazine. Now, the 35-year-old sensation is ready to celebrate.
In a post on his Instagram page, Hall showed off the official cover, while reflecting on his achievement. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that I’d someday see my face on the cover of @billboard magazine,” he wrote. “I am completely blown away! I don’t believe there could possibly be a more important time for a proud out black man to grace the cover.”
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Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that I’d someday see my face on the cover of @billboard magazine. I am completely blown away! I don’t believe there could possibly be a more important time for a proud out black man to grace the cover of such a highly revered and respected magazine. I have gone through so much and fought so hard to try to prove myself in a world where there are hardly any outlets for a voice like mine to be heard, and seeing my face representing femininity and masculinity, the LGBTQIA+ community and people of color on the COVER of a music industry magazine when I am an unsigned artist is truly mind blowing. Just a reminder to chase your dreams, visibility is everything. My message & music is for everyone, but this pride month and in the midst of everything going on in our country I would like to dedicate this to the new generation of queer people of color. I see you, I hear you, I am you and I stand with you. Don’t measure the value of your gift by the short sighted homophobic and racially fueled views of a manager or producer, it’s not your job to help them see the fire and beauty in you. YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS TO BELIEVE IN YOU, PERIODT. Go chase your dreams and stop waiting for hall passes and permission slips. The world is ready to hear YOUR story & finally ready to hear it from YOU. Thank you @taylorswift & @theebillyporter for your kind words, I honestly cannot believe this is real. #happypride #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace Photo: @vijatm Make-up: @lipsticknick Hair: @cesar4styles Wardrobe: @marcosquared @ashtonmichael Airbrushing: @sketchairbrush
The star went on, reminding his fans to not give up on their hopes, pointing to himself as an unsigned artist appearing on the cover. “Chase your dreams, visibility is everything,” he said. “Don’t measure the value of your gift by the short sighted homophobic and racially fueled views of a manager or producer, it’s not your job to help them see the fire and beauty in you. YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS TO BELIEVE IN YOU, PERIODT.”
“People have put me on a pedestal and think that I am signed to a label and that I have management. I am blown away by their ignorance on how the industry works…” he told the mag. “I am flattered that my team and I have been able to make people believe that we are on that same level.”
And Hall says he sees that same “ignorance” amid internet trolls. However, Black Twitter of course was very vocal about their opinions about the gay artists, as seen here:
Todrick Hall is the LAST person who should be representing the Black LGBTQ+ community. His embarrassing track record blatantly shows this. https://t.co/JP0yuOeGTl
— Pusha Bi. (@BiancaEnRogue) June 12, 2020
Todrick… Todrick Hall? He has a few songs that I like but to be a spokesperson for what it's like being black and gay in America?! Absolutely not.
— vic. (@baeegif) June 12, 2020
— myles✨ (@myles_jacks0n) June 12, 2020
Uh, todrick hall was literally accused of racism, abuse, and sexual harassment by his own staff/dancers less than 6 months ago… https://t.co/DADR2aDzKI
— Ryan Carlos (@OhItsRyan) June 12, 2020