Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Pop Singer Coeur De Pirate Comes out as Queer Following Orlando Shooting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Pop Singer Coeur De Pirate Comes out as Queer Following Orlando Shooting

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Montreal singer Coeur de Pirate comes out as queer

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Montreal indie pop singer Beatrice Martin, known as Coeur de Pirate, says the Orlando shootings have motivated her to come out as a queer woman.

In a blog entry posted on Vice's music website Noisey, the musician outlines how soul searching in the days after 49 people were killed and 53 injured at the Pulse nightclub pushed her to be more honest.

"I can't be scared that someone will stop listening to my music, or that parents might not want their kids listening to me because of the fact that I want to love whoever I want to love," the 26-year-old singer wrote.

"I'm coming out for my daughter who needs to learn that love knows no race, religion, gender or orientation."

The Juno-nominated singer's letter recounts her past struggles with debating whether to speak publicly about her sexual orientation.

She tells about her first romantic feelings for a girl when she was around seven years old and how she eventually began to repress her feelings for women. …

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