Lil Nas X Got His Own Holiday in Atlanta

Lil Nas X burst onto the music scene in 2019 with his hit single “Old Town Road.” In the years since then, the Gen Z  rapper has become increasingly comfortable with expressing himself publicly and advocating for the Black and LGBTQ communities. And now, he’s been rewarded for his work.


On October 20, 2021, Lil Nas was honored in his home city of Atlanta with a proclamation that October 20 was “Lil Nas X Day.” It was done by mayoral candidate Antonio Brown, a member of the Atlanta City Council.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 27: Lil Nas X attends the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images

“He has made a considerable impact on the LGBTQ community by reshaping how society accepts LGBTQ artists within the music industry, and empowering others to break barriers and be more open, expressive, and personal through music and art,” Brown said as he introduced him. “And Lil Nas X, I just wanna say, you inspire me. I’m running to be the mayor of Atlanta. I would be the first LGBTQ mayor in the history of the city. And you inspire me, allow me to believe I can do it. So, thank you.”

Lil Nas X was visibly moved as he took the stage. “Thank you all for being here. This is incredible,” he said. “I’m not gonna cry. Shout out to Atlanta. I know a lot of you probably didn’t know I’m from Atlanta… I’m from the A. But seriously, this is amazing. I would not have imagined I would be here four years ago when I was at my sister’s house sleeping on the floor… This is incredible.”

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