Barbra Streisand sends a love letter to LGBT fans

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Singer Barbra Streisand speaks on stage during the Women in the World Summit held In New York on April 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

Barbra Streisand is a gay icon and her gay fans were with her from the very beginning of her career (and it was over half a century ago). She is a mother of the openly gay son Jason Gould who is also a singer and whom she s extremely proud of. The singer thanked LGBT fans for their love and support numerous times and now she has an opportunity to express her gratefulness to the LGBT community once again sending a love letter as a part of Billboard.com’s initiative marking LGBT Pride month. ‘The first time I ever sang for a paying audience was at a gay club, The Lion, in Greenwich Village,’ Streisand writes, ‘I was 18 years old and had never been in a nightclub before. The gay community supported me from the start, and I will always be grateful.’ Going on she shared her sadness that it had been impossible for her to bring Larry Kramer’s play ‘Normal heart’ on screen. ‘I remember sitting in a theater and watching Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, with tears running down my cheeks,’ Streisand writes, ‘It was 1985 and Ronald Reagan was president and it was heartbreaking to know people were dying while he refused to even say the word AIDS. I wanted more people to see this powerful story about everyone’s right to love, so I tried for 25 years to get it made as a movie. No one would touch it, but thank God times have changed.’

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