Little Game

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Little Game was Benny’s debut single and the music video offers a dark alternative pop narrative on gender roles and gender equality. The video demonstrates the skewed enforcement of falling into masculine and feminine archetypes.

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Afterglow

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A new music from Christopher Sorensen video doesn’t pull punches in its depiction of a young gay man’s introduction to hook-up app culture.

The Village

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Wrabel’s music video The Village follows a transgender teen struggling to find acceptance. The five-minute video doesn’t shy away from highlighting the daily struggles of many transgender teenagers, beginning with a scene in which the protagonist’s father bursts in on their attempting to conceal their breasts with tape. “In nature, a flock will attack any bird that is more colorful than the others because being different is seen as a threat,” reads the video’s opening titles.

As the story develops, we follow the protagonist through awkward family dinners and toxic high school hallways until an uplifting ending. Meanwhile, Wrabel croons lyrics about being misunderstood at a piano — “there’s nothing wrong with you / it’s true,” he belts, his cheeks streaked with a rainbow of paint.

The story behind The Village:

I grew up in church. My childhood was quite nomadic, but church was the constant. Fast forward to when I was 23 and I came out to my church in Los Angeles. It was called “Reality” (how ironic). There they had a gay guru of sorts. He was the example of what it could be like to be freed from this burden of same-sex attraction.

I was offered reparative therapy but couldn’t do it. This “all loving god” I was taught about as a kid . this savoir that loves the outcasts. He’s hanging out and washing the feet of people that no one wants anything to do with but he hates me cause I’m gay? Cause I have a beautiful and humongous capacity to truly and deeply love another man? And so i got kicked out along with my first boyfriend that I met there. And it tore him apart and it tore me apart and it tore us apart. It left  some of the deepest scars that still bleed .

Here I am, twenty eight, living in Los Angeles, writing and singing songs. I went on my first tour last year. My first time getting face-to-face time with people that have been listening to my songs and my stories. And I meet these two kids, two trans teenagers and here’s where the story really starts. Read on…

Poppy’s genderqueer Anthem

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Rising pop star Poppy released her second studio album yesterday and one of the album’s songs is a proud anthem for all genderqueer and non-binary people in the world. The album, Am I a Girl?, has a single of the same name on it.

Please don’t complicate me
I don’t understand
Sometimes I’m feminine
Sometimes I’m masculine
Don’t evaluate me as woman or man
Am I a girl?
Am I a boy?
What does that even mean?
I’m somewhere in between

It’s a catchy techno pop track and a proud song for an underrepresented part of the queer community. Identifying as genderqueer, genderfluid, or non-binary means not subscribing to conventional gender norms.

Rather than strictly identifying along the male/female binary, people who are genderqueer identify with both genders, neither, or a combination. Actors Asia Kate Dillon, Ruby Rose, and Tommy Dorfman all identify as genderfluid. Drag queens like Aja and Courtney Act also identify on the genderqueer spectrum.

In an interview with Nylon, Poppy discussed her own identity: ‘Some days I feel like a boy, some days I feel like a girl, so I haven’t figured it out yet.’

“Revelation” from Boy Erased

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Troye Sivan and Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi have released “Revelation” from the soundtrack of the gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased. The film, adapted from the memoir by Garrard Conley, stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe as well as Troye.

Boy Erased recounts Arkansas native Conley’s life growing up in a religious home and being sent away to gay conversion therapy, an ordeal he would survive but which would drastically affect his life.

Troye spoke to Stephen Colbert in September about learning of the experience boys who enter gay conversion “therapy” go through: “The thing that was most hurtful about it… I remember being so relieved – I’m gay by the way – when I came out to myself, because I was like ‘it’s not something I can change. It’s not something I have to fight any more. It’s just something I have to navigate and accept.’ And so that was the big moment for me, and the second that these kids or sometimes adults arrived at these camps, that was taken away from them and they were told immediately, ‘no, you weren’t born like this. this is a God-shaped hole that you’re trying to fill with these homosexual tendencies.’”

Imagining being 15 again when I was at my most vulnerable, and having that put back on me and being set up with that impossible task of trying to change this thing that ultimately is unchangeable, it’s just one of the most damaging things I can imagine. And so I really hope that the movie is going to speak to – I really want to communicate with parents as to just how much your reaction to your kid coming out can really change their lives.”

1999

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Have you ever wondered what the iconic scene in Titanic would look like with Troye Sivan and Charli XCX as Jack and Rose? Well, wonder no longer.

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan just released the music video for “1999.” The video continues the song’s heavy ’90s-inspired theme, referencing various pop culture moments, movies, and celebrities, like Britney Spears, Titanic, and The Matrix.