Queen Bey’s highly anticipated Renaissance World Tour has officially begun! The “Cuff It” singer kicked off the series of concerts starting off in Stockholm, Sweden on May 10.
Originally announced on February 1, details surround the tour for Beyoncé's seventh studio album, Renaissance, have been unsurprisingly hush-hush. However, that all changed when fans entered the Friends Arena in Sweden for opening night,
Pictures on social media show the backdrop of the pre-show stage to be bars resembling the “no signal” TV screen. However in this image, Beyoncé’s chose colors to contain every shade of the progress Pride flag, which, along with the classic six tones, incorporate black, brown and the colors of the trans flag.
BEYONCÉ INCORPORATING THE PROGRESS PRIDE FLAG INTO HER STAGE IS A NEW LEVEL OF MOTHERING WOAH😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/dHhOwxLJKW— 𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘆💚 (@beyoncegarden) May 10, 2023
Beyoncé also spells out the colors of the progress Pride flag in her song “Cozy,” which will make an appearance on the tour set list.
Beyoncé continued to show ally ship to the LGBTQ+ community in other ways.
According to Yahoo News, photos being shared to Twitter depict a small sign attached to the wall with duct tape indicating that restrooms would be gender-neutral for the event.
May 10, 2023This tour marks Beyoncé’s first full tour since the “On the Run II Tour” with Jay-Z in 2018. More recently, she sang “Be Alive” at the 2022 Academy Awards, and performed a private concert in Dubai in January 2023.
Renaissance is widely regarded as a tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. From its influences drawn from queer Black artists to the story told of Beyoncé’s late, gay uncle Johnny, the album is truly a love letter to the queer community.
The Renaissance World Tour kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden on May 10. The North American leg of the tour will begin in Toronto, Ontario, at Rogers Centre on July 8.
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