Openly Gay Singer Brandon Stanswell Says Country Music Is More LGBTQ-Inclusive Than You Think

Brandon Stansell says that country music is opening up to gay singers and gay life.

In an interview with Billboard, Stansell shared that he thinks the country music scene is more accepting of LGBTQ people than imagined.

“I think that people, especially in the south, who listen to country music are more open and loving than we give them credit to be,” says the doe-eyed 31-year-old. “We just have to give them the opportunity to show us.”

He also said:

“Honestly, ever since I started walking down this road and pursuing country music, I’ve really had nothing but good things said to me and about me with what I’m doing. I had a similar conversation with Cody Allen, who hosts the CMT radio show. He came out a few years ago but he’s established a career for himself. Even he was saying he was really surprised at how wonderful his fellow artists were and how loving the fans were to him and how wonderful his bosses at CMT were.”

The openly gay singer also talked about his new single and music video “Hometown.”  

In the video, the Nashville, Tennessee native comes out to his mother. This initially gets a negative and violent reaction out of her. But as the video goes on, the mother starts to miss her son and later welcomes him back into her home.

For Stansell, creating that song and music video was all about creating visibility.

“I think that visibility is important, especially in country music. I think that everyone wants to hear their story told. I think that’s a commonality we share. For the longest time, people who are LGBTQ and lovers of country music, we didn’t really hear our stories on country radio or played on CMT. It was really important for me to share my story in the most authentic, real way I possibly could.”

In fact, Stansell’s “Hometown” is one of the first country music videos with an LGBTQ storyline to appear on CMT.

Congratulations to Brandon Stansell. We hope big things are in his future.

Rising Star Hayley Kiyoko Talks About The Future Of #20GayTeen

2018 is almost over, but the spirit of it will live on, says Hayley Kiyoko.

The former Disney Channel star has skyrocketed to fame thanks to her openness about her sexuality. In fact, it was Kiyoko who coined the term and hashtag #20GAYTEEN that took over the personas of LGBTQ millennials and generation Z-ers.

But now that 2018 is ending, that nicely worded term for young gay and LGBTQ pride will sadly go with it. After being asked about this fact, Hayley Kiyoko is not so sure.

Kiyoko told Billboard that the year may be almost over, but the term and spirit of it will live on.

“#20GAYTEEN never ends,” Kiyoko said while at the Billboard Women in Music event. “It’s the spirit within."

At the event, Kiyoko won the Rising Star award. After that time, she took a moment to appreciate the rising pride and political passion coming from LGBTQ youths.

“Seeing people become more politically aware was so inspiring,” the pop star said. “Seeing different artists stand up for LGBTQ -- and also, everyone’s waking up!”

Calum Scott's New Music Video Celebrates Parents Who Accept Their Gay Sons

Ready to cry? A new video by Calum Scott is going to put those tear ducks to work.

Scott recently released a music video for his track “No Matter What,” which is about the unconditional love of parents who accept their gay son.

When talking about the song, Scott said:

“‘No Matter What’ is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of. It’s a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole. This song didn’t make my debut album because I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world.  It felt too personal to share, but as with all of my songwriting, I’ve written this from the heart to try and inspire confidence and compassion in people and put some love back in to the world, which we could always use more of.”

And the lyrics are truly loving and inspiring as they depict a young boy who’s afraid to come out, finally does to his parents, and is only met with love and acceptance.

When I was a young boy I was scared of growing up
I didn’t understand it but I was terrified of love
Felt like I had to choose but it was outta my control
I needed to be saved, I was going crazy on my own
It took me years to tell my mother, I expected the worst
I gathered all the courage in the world

She said, “I love you no matter what
I just want you to be happy and always be who you are”
She wrapped her arms around me
Said, “Don’t try to be what you’re not
Cause I love you no matter what”
She loves me no matter what

Check out the music video below.


Troye Sivan Checks Out Fan Thirst Tweets About Him (And Instantly Regrets It)

The latest video of a male celebrity reading thirst tweets about him is out and we can’t get enough of it.

From John Boyega to John Cena, Jeff Goldblum, and Henry Cavill, Buzzfeed has recorded many male celebs as they read the desires of their fans.

Now, singer and actor Troye Sivan is joining the ranks of those earlier men and having a great time while doing it.

“Good morning, America, I am awake and I want Troye Sivan to spit on me,” wrote one twitter user.

Sivan’s response to that? “I was about to say I’m into that but like ‘Whoa, whoa.’”

And that’s just the start of the video. It only gets crazier and thirstier from there.

Want to see how crazy Sivan fans get on Twitter? Check out the video below.

Malaysia's Queer Pop Icon Alextbh's New MV "Walls" Is Seductive And Raw

Malaysia’s first gay icon released a new, sexy track titled “Walls.”

The track, produced by UK artist Maths Time Joy, focuses on a sexual energy, which is heightened by the music video below. Meanwhile, the lyrics hone in on that energy while also expressing Alextbh’s messy but honest thoughts.

“I’m very proud of this song because I didn’t try to structure or rhyme it, as opposed to other songs,” Alextbh told i-D magazine and VICE.

“My mind works in a really pop structured way. But that song, I just spoke my mind…” he added.

You can watch the video below.

22-year-old Alex Bong, aka Alextbh has only been creating music for a few years now. Then a young teen, Alextbh self-taught himself how to produce music through YouTube tutorials and how to upload them onto Soundcloud.

As he told Paper Mag last month:

“alextbh started in 2016, fresh off my first heartbreak. I'm just a little twink trying to get it all together, and I realized music is such a good way for me to have that cathartic release. So I just kept writing and writing and writing and putting stuff on SoundCloud, it wasn't a big deal. It wasn't until I put up the song called "Stoop So Low" that Spotify started recognizing it and started putting it in huge major playlists.”

Since then, he has infiltrated the music scene in Malaysia and is making his way into the Western music scene. On top of that, he has transitioned onto other music sharing websites like Spotify where he has amassed over 15 million streams. He’s done this while acting as one of the first openly gay pop singers in the Eastern World.

We hope to see, and hear, more of him in the future.

Taiwanese Actor Outed By Spurned Boyfriend (One of Three!)

A Taiwanese star is in headlines after his personal life went for a major tailspin.

Unfortunately, Taiwanese news outlets have outed actor/singer Aaron Yan after he was accused of dating three men simultaneously.

Photos and text messages involving the 32-year-old were shared by one of the allegedly cheated on boyfriends with news sources.

This boyfriend, who remains anonymous, recounts Yan being a caring and compassionate boyfriend. Yan paid for the boyfriend’s rent, an airplane ticket to go abroad, and introduced him to Yan’s friends, according to the Shanghaiist.

After two years of dating however, Yan allegedly became more distant. This spurred on investigation from this boyfriend who later discovered that Yan was dating two other men. The boyfriend then chose to share the evidence with news sources and to out the celebrity.

Aaron Yan’s sexuality and alleged three boyfriends soon became the biggest news in Taiwan and China. Yan’s manager then tried to diffuse the situation by saying that Yan wasn’t cheating on three men. He says in the photo to the left, Yan’s hairstyle is different indicating it’s an older photo. The manager also says that the man in the other two photos is the same person.



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“There is no cheating going on,” said the manager in a statement. “We will be discussing how to deal with these fake reports with our lawyer.”

Then yesterday, Yan published an official statement apologizing for his personal drama becoming so public. That said, he did not address whether the allegations are true or not.

“I am deeply sorry for failing to properly manage my private life, causing it to be revealed in such a way,” Yan wrote. “I’ve always treated everyone with sincerity, but I’m also an ordinary person with my own shortcomings, failings, and feelings.”

“I once revealed my true feelings to another person, but, when it ended, I didn’t properly handle the situation and it turned into something that I did not expect,” he added before apologizing to his loved ones, fans, and his label.

No matter what, Aaron Yan, who started out as a member of boy band Faranheit, has had a major hit to his public persona and reputation.

Several people are discussing the situation on social media.



#Trending! #AaronYan unfairly outed by media, rumored to have cheated on alleged boyfriend with two other men. He apologizes in official statement released to press: formally responded and wrote a nearly 400-word long apology: "I am sorry that I have not handled my own private life, forcing me to be presented in this way. I am very sincere to everyone. Treat, but I am also an ordinary person, with many shortcomings and ordinary feelings." He also apologized to his family, friends and fans in the article, and thanked the company Huayan International for its tolerance and respect. "I used to give true feelings to people, but at the end of the process, I didn't have a good deal of things that caused things to evolve into such a situation. I was very sorry for the people I caused. I will study hard and let the review go. I am a better person, I am sorry to cause the injuries of these people in the news event, I am sorry." Anyone making rude comments about Aaron will be blocked we dont allow that on our page Love is Love We support you AARON Chinese media reported that actor - singer Aaron Yan had three boyfriends, all three people posted photos, messages exposed the real face. Page Mirror Media posted many photos Arron kissed three different boys during dating. These photos were launched by three boyfriends to get revenge on the actor. Aaron Yan, famous for his role as Fahrenheit and starring in idol dramas, was born in 1985. His most recent work is The Flowing Flower Bouquetwith Chung Han Liang, Jiang Chart, broadcast in early 2018. He had gay rumors many years before being caught out gay bar, has an affair with a boyfriend named A Ben. However, he always negates. Will update more when details are released. Aaron Yan's manager, on the other hand, expressed that the photos were misleading; claiming that, "the photo with person A wasn't from 2018 as can be seen through Aaron's hairstyle." Furthermore, he also asserts that "Person B and Person C are just the same person," insisting that the cheating on three men never happened.

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Almost Hookup Shaded MNEK On Twitter And The Singer Responded

British pop singer and songwriter MNEK got dissed by a potential hookup on Twitter and then blasted him on social media.

A couple of days ago, MNEK took to his Instagram account, in which he has over 85,000 followers, and posted a screenshot of a tweet about him. The tweet said, “A famous singer wants to hook up with me but isn’t cute. Do I do it just to say I did?”

MNEK responded to the tweet with the words, “take ten guesses who the lucky famous singer was????”

MNEK later posted a second picture in which he explained his perspective on the situation.

“you could argue that I should be more careful with who i hook up with because i’m somewhat of a public figure.” [sic]

He then added, “but as a single young man, I gotta get my fix somehow. Can’t fuck in fear lol pls.” [sic]

More: Successful Songwriter MNEK Just Dropped His Debut Solo Album

Unfortunately, MNEK chose not to blur out the face and username of the man who first burned him. As such, his fans swarmed the account and the man has since changed his Twitter handle.

In addition, the man has tweeted that he is a “good person” who “sometimes does stupid stuff.” He has also asked MNEK’s fans to “Please take your hate elsewhere.”

Openly Gay Singer MRSHLL Talks Gay Korean Slang On His New YouTube Channel

While South Korea continues to slowly become more aware of the LGBTQ people living in it’s country, those same people continue to grow in their own community and world.

With a few openly gay singers and celebrities starting to appear as well as general citizens starting to openly discuss their sexuality, the straight citizens of Korea and the rest of the world are starting to understand the lives and perspectives of LGTBQ South Koreans.

Now, both of those facets, openly gay singers from Korea and citizens discussing sexuality, have been culminated in the YouTube channel blow.

Mrshall is one of the new openly gay musicians who are rocking the South Korean music scene and creating visibility for LGBTQ people in the country.

Not only is he releasing music, but he has also created a YouTube channel, called Neon Milk, where he talks about LGBTQ life in South Korea’s capital city Seoul with choreographer Jonah Kalani Aki.

The boys just started uploading last month and promise to post videos at least once a week. Their content focuses on gay culture in Seoul. This has so far included lessons on gay Korean slang words, drag culture, and talk between LGBTQ people.

For instance, one video on the channel shows the two, who are American-born but have lived in Korea for almost 6 years now, exploring gay-themed slang in the Korean language and gay community. This includes Sheek, which means “You look so eatable” or calling a guy a “snack.”

Want to find out more gay terms and slang before your next trip to South Korea (or just for fun)? Check out the video down below.

"Black And Gold" Singer Sam Sparro Got Married To Lover Zion Lennox

Australian singer Sam Sparro and American musician Zion Lennox got married!

The two singers met in March of 2015. They’ve then had a stable relationship that has led to this happy matrimony.

Specifically, the two got married in Joshua Tree, California yesterday, September 21, with friends and family joining them.

In fact, several singers were either there for the wedding or wished them the best of luck and love through social media.

This includes British Singer/Songwriter MNEK (who’s first solo album dropped earlier this month), Singer and Broadway actor Jake Shears, and Sharlene Hectic from British trio LaSharVu.



CONGRATS TO THE HAPPY COUPLEEEEEEE @samsparro @knightsofzion

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Such a beautiful night!! CONGRATULATIONS SAM & ZION!!!

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Sparro, who is most known for his 2008 song “Black And Gold,” has many things to celebrate. Not only is he now married, but he told News.com.au that he’s also working on his third album.

“It’s like a love letter to my childhood,” he said in the interview. “It’s made for people to dance to. This album is about being in love, about people coming together. Despite all the horrible things that are happening right now there are so many things to celebrate and life is amazing, so I’m writing about love and unity as an act of resistance.”

Sparro also shared that he’ll be distributing the album independently.

“It’s actually been more lucrative and I’ve had way more peace and happiness in my life since not having to deal with a major label.”

Sparro also commented on the culture of streaming music instead of listening on records or cassettes.

“As culture and music unfolds, I’m still trying to figure it all out, as everyone else is. It’s so saturated now. Which is good and bad. Growing up in a time where there was really big superstars that everybody in the family listened to Michael Jackson, or at least in my house they did, music was more intergenerational. The way people consume music now is very individual and personal, they have their own headphones on. There’s less common ground but in a weird way, but also more individuality.”

We would like to say congratulations to the happy couple and best of luck to Sparro with his new album.

Successful Songwriter MNEK Just Dropped His Debut Solo Album

British artist MNEK is walking into the spotlight.

After almost a decade of working behind-the-scenes in the music industry, MNEK is releasing his first solo album and trying to make music for himself and people like him.

If you don’t know MNEK, you probably still know some of his work. After starting in the music industry when he was 14, MNEK spent almost ten years writing songs for famous artists like Beyoncé, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Diplo, Bastille, and BTS.

On that later note, MNEK talked about his experience of working with the internationally celebrated K-Pop boy band.

“I actually worked on that the same day I worked on ‘Phone’ on my album,” MNEK told Billboard about his working with the group to create '낙원' -- which means "Paradise" on the boy band’s new album Love Yourself: Tear. “All of a sudden we heard a Korean version of it and were like ‘Whoa, this is a completely different song,' which was really the first time that had happened for me. That whole group is super talented and really nice and I really didn’t realize how big they were -- [their fan base] is massive.”

But now, MNEK’s debut album Language has dropped and he’s ready to step out from behind the curtain. After doing so, MNEK sat down with Billboard to talk about his career so far, where he’s hoping it will go, creating a full album, and making music videos.

“It’s been a process. It’s a current process that I’m figuring it out, with all this really. The conversation that I had with my label was also just that I want the chance to figure it out. I wanted the chance to make a body of work and come with the creative and all the visuals that I wanted and really give a full idea of what I was putting out there. From a personal point of view it was also about figuring out what that process was and what greater good my music could do besides being on stage and singing. I’m glad that I was at least able to touch on a few things on the album that I hope really resonate with people.”

When asked what perspectives and topics he was trying to put into his music, MNEK said it was two things.

“Well, I really wanted to touch on love from a male perspective. I wanted to touch on how it can be extremely complicated and at the same time it can be great. I also wanted to touch on self-confidence. ‘Correct’ is a song and an exercise for me where I’ve been able to reclaim who I am and the good that I’ve done when in real life sometimes I struggle with that. I struggle with owning what I’ve been able to achieve at a young age. So “Correct” is to lift people and make them feel comfortable with themselves so they can feel like the boss bitch that I’m trying to be on the song. I want to tell my stories with this album, but I want people to feel a part of it as well. I don’t want it to be self-indulgent.”

With LGBTQ talents becoming big names in the industry lately such as Troye Sivan, Hayley Kiyoko, and Janelle Monae, MNEK spoke on what it means to be among them.

MNEK also spoke on how tough it is to live in the space of being a black singer and a queer singer.

“There’s just a long way to go. I’m definitely a testament of it. I don’t want to blame anything on racism or homophobia, but there’s a lot of segregation that what I do comes with. I’m not necessarily wholly welcomed by the UK black community, industry-wise, because the root of that has a lot of homophobia in it. From the gay side of things, I’m a minority within that — [different than] my white counterparts — which is fine. This is all about me defining my own success and measuring however I’m doing by what I’m doing. So like, for what i’m doing, this is great.”

“I’m touching people, helping people, and I’m making music I love. I like to think a lot of other black queer artists feel that way too. It has to start with that -- everything else is so variable and out of our hands and we don’t really have that much control over it. I can only hope that enough people listen to what I do and that enough people fuck with it.”

If you’re excited to check out MNEK’s new album Language, you can start listening now as it’s already out. In addition, you can read more of MNEK’s talk with Billboard by clicking the link here.

h/t: Billboard