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The Power of Music

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“Start the conversations that tackle identity, gender, gayness, queerness and the inter-sections between them all. I know that I’m not going to be quiet about it”
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Olly Alexander (Years & Years) selfie

Olly Alexander (Years & Years) selfie

A lot of us don’t listen to the likes of politicians because the majority of us can’t relate to them (and vice versa), and when they attempt to come across as human it always seems to backfire and look more like a comedy sketch.

Music, however, is something most of us can relate to. We can adapt a particular song/lyric to suit our mood or a life event that we’re going through. It can pull at our heart strings like nothing else and have us sobbing by the second chorus. But it isn’t just that, once we love a band or a solo artist, we can empathise with what they say, especially if it’s something we believe in.

Gay musicians are nothing new, but the ones around now like Years & Years and Sam Smith (to name a couple) who are openly singing about sexuality and men, are hopefully showing the generation growing up that there are people out there just like you, that queer folk exist, and you should not be afraid to be who you are and love who you want to. We are going through an important period for the LGBTQ+ community where we can talk, debate and write about it.

“I want to stare down fear and intolerance with the queer eyes in my queer face,” said Olly Alexander, vocalist of Years & Years, discussing the reason behind his new video for single, Worship. “I want to try to not be afraid. I know I’ll make mistakes, but I want to keep going. I’ve seen the incredible amount of support and love from our fans and I’ve learnt a lot from them. I can only hope that the dialogue continues and we trust each other enough to carry on. To keep making people sit up and think, to start the conversations that tackle identity, gender, gayness, queerness and the inter-sections between them all. I know that I’m not going to be quiet about it.”

The video for their new single Worship again makes a bold statement about sexuality. As we know, sexuality shouldn’t be an issue or a taboo.

Words copyright VanityHype 2016
Header photo by Mike Massaro

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