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.

Watch the TNT Boys slay in Drag

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Competitive music reality shows have become a staple pop culture. But with shows like Britain’s Got TalentAmerican Idol and The Voice, it seems like we’re just consistently recycling the same idea with different judges.

A Philippino game show called Your Face Sounds Familiar has pulled us out of that funk. The show has contestants impersonating celebrities and performing their hit songs. Sing them, mind you, not lip-sync. This season, their contestants are all children, and  this week’s winners sure were something else.

TNT Boys are a musical trio who took on the the Nicki Minaj/Jessie J/Ariana Grande bop, “Bang Bang.” And they pulled it off flawlessly in full drag. After taking home the grand prize, we’re ready to see them master a Drag Race Philippines spin-off.

CupcakKe’s Crayons

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CupcakKe, a fresh new voice in rap, expands her sex-positive mission on Crayons, a queer anthem that takes on homophobia and transphobia head on while celebrating love, desire, and identity.

CupcakKe has always boldly brandished her sexuality in her raps, but now she widens her scope to include every stripe of the rainbow flag. This song embodies true allyship, representing the experiences of others without centering their proximity to CupcakKe’s own: “Boy on boy, girl on girl/Like who the fuck you like/Fuck the world,” she bellows defiantly.