Troye Sivan on the Lady Gaga video that changed his life

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Troye Sivan has sent a message to queer young people caught in the middle of the wave of hateful anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation over the past 12 months.

The Australian singer-songwriter recently spoke to Elle Australia, talking about his music career and the importance of queer representation in the media to advocate for LGBTQI+ rights.

Troye, who came out as gay a decade ago this year, said he hopes he’s a “beacon” to queer young people the same way Lady Gaga was for him.

He recalled a moment when he was younger that he watched a YouTube video of Lady Gaga addressing a Pride parade.

“I didn’t know any queer people in real life. And just seeing that crowd, I was like, ‘OK, so it is out there somewhere, I just have to go find it,’” he said.

“And I think that that’s what representation really does. It shows you that your immediate circumstances are not going to be your circumstances forever.

“That there are people out there who are going to love you and support you, and places where you can feel safe.”

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At the time of increased hostility towards the LGBTQ+ community, Troye Sivan said it was helpful that young queer people are at least able to see themselves on-screen.

“It’s a big relief to know that while all of this really messed-up stuff is happening, people really attempting to send us backwards, that young people can go on TikTok or turn on the Grammys or watch music videos on YouTube and see themselves,” he said.

“I think it’s a lot less suffocating than it used to be. Because having access to the representation, it shows you that the world is a big place.

“Those people who are trying to send us backwards? They’re not everyone.”

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Troye Sivan has been teasing new music all year, and also told Elle about his new project without giving too much away.

“I think this is the most proud I’ve ever been of anything I’ve done,” he said.

“What I feel comfortable saying is that it’s full of hope, which I didn’t know it was going to be when I first started making it,” Sivan said.

“I made an EP during COVID [when] I was really in my feelings, going through a massive breakup, processing all of that and writing about it. And I was like, ‘God, am I about to write a whole 12-track album or whatever about this?’

“I have no idea what the future holds, and that is totally okay. I’m so happy to just be in this moment right now with this person that I just met five minutes ago, or my best friends, or whatever.

“I felt a really strong sense of humanity and connection, and that was very inspiring to me.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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