Will Young has premiered a powerful new video for his latest single – Brave Man – which is the latest track from his album 85% Proof, which was released back in May.
The accompanying music video seeds a male youth strip down in a British pub, before walking around town naked and facing ridicule and concern from members of the public.
However, there is a moving moment at the end when it is revealed that Will has used the video as a platform to tell the story of a real-life young female-to-male transgender.
Young said of the new single;
It seems extremely brave to be a man in a woman’s body and then decide to do something about this. As I thought more about it I realised that there is often coverage of what it is to be a woman in a man’s body but never to my knowledge the documenting of the opposite. Almost a perverted kind of patriarchy.
In this video we see a man determined to be himself in the face of all adversity from inside and outside. It isn’t brave but my God it shows true grit and strength. What a wonderful thing.
This video isn’t about selling records or my personal benefit. This video is about taking a moment in time to explore a section of society who stand up for themselves. To tell a story and offer a window through music into someone’s life. I’ve never felt so humbled and proud.”
India’s Censor Board of Film Certification has approved an LGBTI music video for the first time — and without seeking any edits.
The song Head Held High is performed by Friends of Linger – a band of professional musicians with amateur singers, all friends freed by the equations of gender, sexuality and the emotions of music.’
The video, can now be aired on Indian TV, though it was given a parental guidance rating for children under the age of 12.
This song covers the journey of any individual’s struggle to understand his or her sexuality conditioned by society’s norms, the realization and the joy that comes with that, as one seeks nothing but love from the world around them”
The video features nine people from different walks of life, two of whom are from the LGBT community.
Director Payal Shah said in a statement,
The very idea to work around this concept was a big thrill as it reflected my inner self — free-spirited and comfortable in my own skin. Acceptance, judgment, norms, society etc are constricting formats and this video aims to break through these very layers and emerge liberated. I feel even more empowered today! Empowered and liberated.”
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