Nar_C by Holland

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K-pop singer Holland released a new song, with a heartbreaking music video. The 22-year-old from Seoul is making waves as one of the first people to come out as gay within the Korean pop music industry and debuting last year.

Holland released Nar_C as his first single of 2019 last week, featuring a tumultuous same-sex romance. Before the single release, he shared a teaser image that explained the story of the video: A gay couple are together for two years and living together for one, until it all crumbles.

‘Sensitive and delicate Holland,’ he stated. ‘Spontaneous and impulsive Jaeseok.’ He then added: ‘As time went by, they got used to each other, would get into fights over things. After fighting, Jaeseok would always bring a yellow daffodil as an apology. One day, they had a big argument over a small issue. They could not contain their emotions. Jaeseok left. Holland was left at home by himself. Sometimes he opens the door but Jaeseok never comes back. Holland goes outside holding a yellow daffodil’

 

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.