Ronan Parke just came out

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To the surprise of exactly no one Ronan Parke came out as gay in an interview with Attitude. While many people never harboured any doubt about him not being straight the singer and former Britain’s Got Talent finalist never talked about his sexuality in public.

It looks like his former label was not comfortable with the possibility of his orientation alienating teenage girls which they considered to be his target audience.  If that’s the case it would just once again show how disconnected major record labels like Sony are from reality. If anything, a queer heartthrob like Ronan would be even more of an idol for a generation that grew up on Tumblr and fanfiction.net.

“I remember trying to come out to my parents: I was young – I can’t remember how old I was, around 7 or 8 – and I went downstairs to the lounge and stood in front of the TV and got the remote and went ‘Mummy, daddy, I have something to tell you!’ All dramatic [laughs] And they just went ‘Yeah, yeah, we know, you’re gay’, and they just got the remote and unmuted the TV! I was like [dramatic gasp], ‘What?! But they just always knew. And after that, I just never had to [come out] to my friends. But I’ve always identified as a gay man and I’ve always been very proud to say it.”

Read the whole interview over here.

Road to ESC 2019: Iceland

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Iceland didn’t compete in the finals of Eurovision since 2014, but this year they’re having a good chance to make it past the semi-finals. RUV have chosen Hatari to be Iceland’s representative in Israel this year.

The techno punk band from Reykjavik is unlike anything you’ve ever seen at Eurovision before. They are queer, they love BDSM, and they should be a big talking point at the competition.

Formed in 2015, Hatari consists of Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson and Einar Hrafn Stefánsson. The band beat out five other performers in a local competition to gain the honor.

Iceland is the only Nordic country to never win the contest. While they’ve released a few singles, this is the biggest platform Hatari has ever had. They will be performing Hatrid Mun Sigra.

An Israeli organization has asked the government to prevent the Icelandic entrant into the Eurovision Song Contest being allowed in the country over alleged claims that Hatari intended to use its time on stage to express support for the Palestinians.

Israel is hosting the competition this year after its 2018 entrant Netta Barzilai claimed the trophy with her song “Toy.” The live final of the contest is set to take place in Tel Aviv on May 18.

Wish you were gay

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Singer songwriter Billie Eilish has released a new track called wish you were gay. She’s also donating a portion of proceeds from her clothing range to the Trevor Project. The move is part of a joint campaign coincide with the single’s release and her upcoming new album due out at the end of this month. The Trevor Project is an American organisation aimed at preventing suicides among queer kids.

The new track is from the singer’s upcoming new album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The song is about wanting to be with someone so bad it hurts, and not wanting to accept that this person doesn’t want you in return, Billie said.

Brave Man

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A compelling music video from artist Will Young follows a transgender man as he strips down in a British pub and walks naked through a seaside town.

“Through tough times embracing myself as someone ‘different’ allowed me to embrace all differences in others, to embrace their vulnerability and their struggles as well as their inner strength and determination to be their true authentic selves. When I wrote the song, this is what I was referring to  — the determination in modern life to be my authentic self. In this video we see a man determined to be himself in the face of all adversity from inside and outside.”

Road to ESC 2019: Australia & France

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Former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Courtney Act has lost the chance to represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with her song  “Fight for Love”. She was beaten on Saturday by Kate Miller-Heidke and her song “Zero Gravity” which you can see below.

Australia has been allowed to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015, and there is a huge fanbase for the competition in the country.

Meanwhile French contestant Bilal Hassani–who is apologetically queer– is facing a wave of hatred in his home country after securing the coveted spot to represent France at Eurovision. He has been the subject of homophobic harassment on social media, French LGBT rights groups denounced.

Swan Song

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When Percy Katt left his small-town home at 17, the dream of being a fashion model for runway and print was enough. But once he dipped his toe into the pool of glamour and fantasy, he created a big glittery monster of outrageous self-expression.

Katt is one of a growing group of artist creators and collaborators who take transformation and performance to a new level. Katt plays with gender as a futurist as well as a historian, and also pokes at the culture and politics of narcissism by shooting past boundaries of “good taste.” Transformation becomes transmogrification.

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Gay Goth Scene

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Gay Goth Scene is a sobering look at anti-gay bullying. In an interview  the band described Gay Goth Scene like this: “The song is in a minor key with an apocalyptic ending; was inspired by the idea of youth and forbidden love; and describes a fictional ‘scene’ that only exists in the mind of the protagonist’s paranoid parents. It’s told from the perspective of a mother and father, chastising their teen son about his newfound romance.”

Troye’s Coming Out

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Born in Johannesburg, raised in Perth, Troye Sivan is the 21 year-old YouTuber turned pop favourite whose legendary Coming Out video has been watched over 8 million times.

His outspoken stance on issues of identity and sexuality has made him the voice of the internet generation – earning him a place on Time’s ’25 Most Influential Teens’ list in the process. In a video by i-D he spoke about the ‘efficiency’ of coming out online and how he got into the music business.