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Big Freedia Speaks Out About Orlando Shooting; Says We Are All Orlando

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesBig Freedia is speaking out about the recent shooting at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando that targeted the LGBTQ community, calling it “heartbreaking” and “senseless.” But she’s focused on being a voice that continues to speak out for gay rights.

The performer and reality star, whose Fuse TV show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce chronicles her life on tour and at home, tells ABC Radio the shooting has been “heartbreaking, so much devastation to our community especially with all of the people that lost their lives for the senseless crime that happened in Orlando. And I’m just praying for their city for all of those families for everybody that’s affected by it.”

“It has not only hit Orlando, it has hit home, around the world for our community,” Freedia says. “And I’m just steady praying, we are all Orlando.”

Born Freddie Ross, and later adopting the stage name Big Freedia, the New Orleans native has been credited with helping to popularize the hip-hop genre called bounce music. In 2013, Freedia was given her own reality show on Fuse TV that started its 5th season June 8th. As an active participant in the LGBTQ community, Freedia says it’s been “scary” to learn that there are people determined to hurt her community, but she’s focused on standing her ground.

“I’m going to keep powering through, you know and to help try to embrace what has happened and to be a voice to speak out. And to keep people who, I would say, not a good spirit — but keep them to know that they have supporters that are supporting them and behind all of the situations that are happening in our community.”

Big Freedia: Queen of the Bounce airs Wednesdays at 11pm on Fuse TV. 

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