W Hotels Worldwide has also committed to donating an evolving percentage of the proceeds from each Turn It Up for Change event to the HRC based on the number of states (currently 32) that have marriage equality.
Although raised Baptist and in an unsupportive LGBT family, she has stated that her experiences since then have helped her embrace the LGBT community, long before her American Idol success. “I grew up singing in gay clubs, and drag queens used to be the ones who would dress me up,” Hudson says with a laugh. “That’s why I always say I’m a queen on the inside too. “
In fact the 33-year-old has repeated said that she feels most at home around LGBT people and in her latest album JHUD, she points out that there a number of tracks that were done with gay clubs in mind.
One of the tracks included in the album, "He Ain't Goin' Nowhere", was a collaboration between the singer and hip-hop star Iggy Azalea, who only recently told the Advocate, she believes that, "[Homophobia] comes from ignorance and homophobes not being around enough gay people."
Hudson totally agrees, “Iggy’s absolutely right,” she says. “It’s ignorance that makes them afraid. If they experienced [being around LGBT people] and became familiar with them, a lot more people would understand. Because what is there to fear? I don’t understand.”
For more information and a schedule of Turn It Up for Change events, visit the official website.