Paramore singer Hayley Williams championed the LGBTQ+ community and POC in a heartwarming social media post.

On 23 October, the Petals of Armor singer took to the band’s Instagram to reflect on their incredible journey and impact in the music scene. 

“To grow up in this scene was not a simple thing. To be celebrating it (and to be celebrated by it) is not a simple thing. Nothin about this life – for you, me, or anyone – is simple,” Williams wrote ahead of the band’s When We Were Young performance. 

“We fell in love with this subset of post-punk and hardcore likely because nothing else moved us. We didn’t fit in other places. To be a young girl in love with this scene was to have the hope that I might find my own way to belong.

“It took years to find that belonging. It’s taken a lot of unlearning. A lot of untangling knots I didn’t even know were there.” 

Williams went on to say that despite receiving initial pushback from the scene and “snarky punkzine’s reviews”, no one has ever “defined Paramore but Paramore.” 

“Nearly 20 years later, we find ourselves a pillar of the very scene that threatened to reject us. And me,” she continued.  

Towards the end of Williams’ letter, she thanked the band’s queer and POC fans for helping “shift the scene.”

“F*ck the ones who doubted! Hugs to the ones who watched on and even sort of believed. Young girls, queer kids, and anybody of any colour… we have shifted this scene together, messily, angrily heartbroken, and determined.”

Throughout their expansive career, the famous band has always stood up for the queer community. 

Back in 2020, Williams and Zac Farro showcased their never-ending support for the community after former band member Josh Farro made vile homophobic comments on his Facebook page. 

“There’s a reason there are only 3 people left in Paramore. Surprise, haters, it ain’t cause of me,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Paramore do not condone religiously/politically dogmatic beliefs which leave our LGBTQ+ friends, fans, & family feeling abandoned and hopeless.”

Zac also condemned his brother’s comments and ensured Paramore’s LGBTQ+ fans that he “loved and supported” them in his own post.