Dove Cameron is using his platform to remind the world of the importance of “queer visibility” following the tragic shooting at a Colorado LGBTQ club on Saturday night.
As the pop star accepted her New Artist of the Year award at the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday, Cameron opened up about the murder of five people at Colorado Springs’ Club Q as she dedicated her trophy to the “queer community in his outfit”.
“You created such a space for me to be myself and write music about it and I’ve never felt more secure or more loved and more supported and I hope I can give you some semblance of that same feeling in my music,” she says. “In the wake of the Club Q tragedy in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is and how important our community is.”
The ‘Boyfriend’ singer added, “And I want to draw your attention to organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project for what you can do right now. I want to remind you that you’re absolutely right. And you’re so like.
At least five people were killed and 25 injured in a deadly mass shooting Saturday night at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado that was called a “hate attack.”
Cameron was nominated for the award against “Abcdefu” singer Gayle, “Bad Habit” star Steve Lacy, “Big Energy” rapper Latto and Italian band Måneskin. (Cameron won Best New Artist at the 2022 VMAs and thanked fans for “getting an openly queer song” on the radio.)
Later that night, Cameron – dressed in baggy black pants and a red bustier – performed a sexy rendition of the radio hit to a jazzy, speakeasy ensemble as she sang her queer-encoded track to a dancer dressed in a shimmering red dress.
At the end of the seductive performance, Cameron caressed the dancer’s face, took off his jacket and placed it over the dancer while looking into her eyes.
“It was such a big part of me to find my identity and embrace my homosexuality,” she recently told Kelly Clarkson about the importance of the song in her life and her identity. “It was such a key for me to go completely into myself in a way that I never knew if I was going to have the privilege of finding those pieces of myself and existing as that person.”
Cameron also spoke about the song’s reception to rolling stone Korea and how she finally feels able to be herself without shame.
“I feel very moved and very moved to finally feel like I’m at a place where I can be myself in the public eye,” she said. “I finally feel like I’m myself, and it’s not just about my sexuality, but just being able to exist in the world with total vulnerability and authenticity.”
“Boyfriend” marked a musical comeback for Cameron, who previously deleted most of his music from Spotify. She has since released the singles “Breakfast” and “Bad Idea”.
This story was updated at 10:20 p.m. to include details of his performance of “Boyfriend.”