Man, we've come a long way. I know there's still a lot of work to be done when it comes to society and the LGBT community. But we've really come a long way. 20-year-old YouTube phenom turned international pop star Troye Sivan just released the magical video for his song, "Youth". In the video, the openly gay singer flirts with and pursues another teenage boy. It's beautiful to see, and it reminds me of the progress that's been made.
Sivan is a rarity in an industry still ruled by alpha males and fears of how sexuality can hurt music sales. Many artists hide their sexuality only to reveal their truths much later in their careers (Ricky Martin). Who knows how many male singers have taken this secret with them to the grave? It's refreshing to see someone so young fully embrace their truth and authenticity from the very beginning. We are living in a day and age where we're not controlled by what the music industry tells us, and we're able to champion who want to be successful. Sivan has made a name for himself by simply being talented and being true to himself. It's so inspiring to see this. What I would've given to see a video like this when I was in high school or college.
I know that there have been gay artists before him, but what gives him a pioneering quality is his full embrace of who he is from the start. And the fact that he's doing so on an international and mainstream scale. His 3.53 million Twitter followers affirm that they stand behind him. And his video has already been viewed over 1 million times in just 24 hours.
If you're not familiar, get to know Troye Sivan and watch the video for yourself below:
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