• performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)Source: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
"You're perfect and I love you. Remember me saying this."
Stephanie Marie Anderson

12 Oct 2016 - 5:04 PM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2016 - 5:04 PM

A longtime ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, Ariana said recently that homophobia is the one thing that turns her into a "raging lunatic" because she just "can't take it".

"When my brother came out of the closet, it wasn’t a big deal for my family," she said, adding: "It’s outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment. I hate it so much."

At her concert tonight, Ari took a moment to celebrate #NationalComingOutDay, addressing her LGBT+ fans directly with a message of love and acceptance.

She said:

"As soon as I stepped out on stage tonight, I noticed a beautiful, little, waving, gay flag. And there's one over there, too! I really don't have the best eyes, but I can see those pretty gay flags. But today is National Coming Out Day, so I wanted to say happy National Coming Out Day! To my gay fans, I love you so much, and to my fans who aren't out of the closet yet - to my babes who are shy about it - I love you, and you do not have to rush. You can take your time, and when you do come out, no matter how people react or how people receive it, I love you, you're beautiful, you deserve to love who you wanna love, you deserve to be celebrated, and you're perfect and I love you. Remember me saying this. And, um, if anybody ever gives any of y'all shit about bein' who you are? I'll kick their ass. I love you."

And Twitter is loving it:


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