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Troye Sivan Doesn’t Want to Be Referred to as a “Gay Icon”

Time and time again, Troye Sivan has proven that he is unapologetically himself when it comes to incorporating LGBTQ themes within his music. Whether it’s through lyrics, his music videos, or both, he tackles LGBTQ topics head on and he lives his life out and proud.

That being said, though, Troye recently discussed in an interview with Another Man magazine that, although he’s proud of who he is, he’s not a big fan of being referred to as a “gay icon.” He told the mag, “with people like Hayley Kiyoko and Brockhampton, we’re starting to get a diverse group of different LGBTQ perspectives. That’s why I politely don’t want to take on that ‘gay icon’ thing. I’m one voice of so many that are missing, and so I’m just trying to tell my story, and right now I’m having so much fun in my life. I feel confident, I’m just enjoying myself, and so that was really important to me to express.”

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If you ask us, we couldn’t be more impressed with Troye. It’s incredible that he thinks about this to this extent and it’s super important that he mentions other artists like Kiyoko and Brockhampton in his statement. The LGBTQ community is starting to finally get many different perspectives, especially in the music industry. Of course, this marks a turning point for the LGBTQ community, and especially for it’s younger members, who just need people to look up to.

These days, there are many out and proud musicians, actors, artists, etc. for young teens to look up to, and there’s so much more representation. And while Sivan doesn’t want to be labeled a “gay icon,” we still commend him on his hard work and dedication to the LGBTQ community. To top it all off, though, his music is simply amazing so, if Troye’s not on any of your playlists yet, we suggest you change that ASAP.

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