Electro-pop outfit, Years & Years release ‘Desire’ – an uplifting, sexually charged celebration of LGBT+ culture.
Pop newcomers, lead by outspoken gay singer and former GCN cover star, Olly Alexander, dropped their collaboration with songstress Tove Lo today, and the video has a powerful message about queer representation.
Unveiling the video on Facebook, 25 year-old Olly Alexander wrote, “Most of the pop videos I’ve seen that have any male and female interaction are usually centred around a romance, and that’s great, I am all for romance, but let’s face it there are a lot of other sexualities and identities that are well deserving of some shiny pop video love.”
In the lengthy statement, Olly further explained explained the need for a wider representation of sexual and gender identities in music and culture as a whole.
“What do we expect from pop music? From our pop stars? What do we expect from the ones that are gay? I don’t know the answers to these questions but I for one don’t want to see a narrow representation of gender and identity on our screens or in our music. I want diversity. We shouldn’t have to feel scared about putting our sexualities and identities on display in all their beautiful, interlocking, multi-layered multi-coloured glory. I want to be proud. Proud to shove it in people’s faces if I want to…
“So yeah, gay people have sex, and it’s not just gay people, it’s all kinds of people! All these non-straight people, they’re out there, having sex!”
Read the full statement below, and watch the video.
Most of the pop videos I’ve seen that have any male and female interaction are usually centred around a romance, and…
Posted by Years & Years on Friday, 4 March 2016
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