Q: You are headlining at New Orleans Pridefest on June 8th, and you will be the Celebrity Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade. What does it mean to you, to headline your hometown Pride?
A: I’m humbled to be doing this for my city of New Orleans, and for Bounce music as a whole. I’m sure it’s going to be a great experience, very exciting, and fun for me and the city.
Q: What can fans expect from a Big Freedia Pride Show?
A: A lot of ass-shaking, great Bounce music, and fun times.
Q: Can you tell me about your partnership with Absolut Vodka?
A: Absolut is a sponsor of New Orleans Pride, and I’m excited to partner with them. I really appreciate their new Pride bottle and package for Pride season, which is wonderful. So, I’m excited to partner up.
Q: What new projects can we look forward to in the near future?
A: Fans can expect new music, new videos, and new content in general. I’m just keeping the music going, and hopefully will have a new TV show in the works. I’m steady working, grinding for the culture, and for Bounce music.
Q: New Orleans ranks number three in the nation for highest rate of new HIV diagnoses. New Orleans Pride is using this year’s festival to promote HIV awareness. What are your thoughts on this statistic, and on the need for HIV education in New Orleans?
A: HIV awareness is very important. I’ve partnered with organizations in the city to increase awareness of HIV and the PrEP pill. It’s important to let the community know there is help out there. There are resources available, and it’s important to keep spreading the word.
Q: What advice would you give to someone struggling with their identity, or with coming out?
A: Don’t be afraid. Be who you are. Stand firm, and believe in yourself. Continue to take it step by step. I would encourage finding great supporters who embrace you as you find yourself.