Big Freedia has a lot to celebrate this Pride Month. It was announced Monday that the legendary New Orleans-based bounce artist would be featured in another Beyoncé song (her first was “Formation”) for the “Renaissance” singer’s latest dance anthem, “Break My Soul.” Thanks to a sample of Freedia’s “Explode” and a renewed interest in house music, the anointed Queen of Bounce is especially grateful for the moment she’s having.
“I’m honored to be a part of this special moment and I’m incredibly grateful for all of God’s blessings.”
“It feels surreal to be on a track with Beyoncé once again,” Freedia tells POPSUGAR. “I’m honored to be a part of this special moment and I’m incredibly grateful for all of God’s blessings.” hook of the song. “Release ya anger, release ya mind / Release ya job, release the time / Release ya trade, release ya stress / Release the love, forget the rest,” Freedia proclaims amidst Beyoncé’s vocals.
The arrival of the upbeat track comes just in time for Pride, which always honors Freedia as a very proud queer artist. How does she recognize the month-long celebration of LGBTQ+ love, acceptance and individual expression? “I tour cities across America (and the world) and of course I shake!” she says. “My Pride shows are amazing because so many fans are there to celebrate the same thing. The energy is really exciting!”
To kick off Pride Month, Freedia joined more than 150 LGBTQ+ stars and influencers – including Raven Symone, Hayley Kiyoko and RuPaul’s Drag Race graduate Eureka O’Hara – for the first-ever nationwide Pride Eve celebration led by Inviz. tv on .
“Pride and Pride Eve means remembering those who sacrificed themselves to change laws and open doors for the LGBTQ+ community.”
According to Catherine McEvoy, co-president of Invisible Narratives, the company’s Pride Eve event took place in just 60 days and the response from stars – like Freedia – who wanted to attend was greater than expected. “[Our team] called and everyone just spread the word,” McEvoy tells POPSUGAR. “We didn’t have a lot of time and to our surprise it was really overwhelming how helpful everyone was and how leaning and supporting initiative they were.”
“Anything I can do to get people excited about Pride, I’m willing to do it,” says Freedia. “Pride and Pride Eve means remembering those who made sacrifices to change laws and open doors for the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions and progress we’ve made.”
At a time when LGBTQ+ rights are threatened by violence across America and states are restricting transgender youth’s access to gender-affirming health care, Freedia notes that young people still give her hope that things can change for the better . “All over the world, I see them being activated to make a difference,” she says. “I know the news creates fear, but we can’t let it get to us. I know people on the ground who are demanding change.”
For those who want to help protect the rights of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, Freedia suggests reaching out to the many organizations — like GLAAD, the Trevor Project, the Black AIDS Institute, and the National Center for Transgender Equality — that already doing their job. “[There are] so many opportunities to get involved,” she says. “Start with your own city.”