With coronavirus turning major festivals into a public health hazard and widespread protests forcing the nation to account for racial inequality, this Pride season is unlike any other. And yet the spirit lives on in a movement born of a protest further. During the month of June, E! News has asked some of Hollywood's newest generation of LGBTQ stars to share what Pride means to them in 2020.
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With the independent release of her debut single "I Don't Want It All" in 2017, German-born pop singer Kim Petras found her name added to the relatively small but important list of trans musicians who share her art with the world. While she is hardly the first to receive recognition, with others who Anohni, Shea Diamond, Sophie and Teddy Geiger (to name a few) who serve as contemporary, but over the few years she has released sparkling popbops – including the recent Song of Summer challenger "Malibu," released under the quarantine – she has certainly become one of the most visible trans performers in the music industry. And although her music rarely, if ever becomes political, her existence in the pop music world is a representative gain that cannot be underestimated.