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Queen of Bounce Big Freedia talks Beyoncé, Season 4 of her show and her modern-day LGBTQ role models
If you don't know who Big Freedia is, then here's a quick rundown: She's from New Orleans. She loves to twerk, and she basically founded the Bounce movement. But that's just who she is on stage. Behind the moniker, her name is Frederick Ross, and she grew up as a gay artist in the South. She's so open about her life that she has it documented on her reality TV show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, which airs on Fuse. Before starting Season 4, get to know her a little better — from her LGBTQ role models to what you can expect from the next season of Big Freedia.
SK: What was it like growing up as a gay artist in New Orleans?
BF: It was hard in many ways. I got called "sissy," "fat sissy," "punk," "f**." Thankfully, I was very close with my mom, and she was very protective of me. I think without my mother, it would have been much more difficult.
SK: How has New Orleans changed from when you were a kid to now regarding the acceptance of the LGBTQ community?
BF: New Orleans has always been more gay-friendly than other cities, but it's now becoming so much more accepted on a national level; so it's much more open today.