The world is still coming to terms with the reality that is Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration. And with inescapable coverage everywhere, it’s hard to look away. But Troye Sivan has just done his small part in distracting us – by rebelling against the terrifying prospect of President Trump.
In a surprise release after announcing it earlier this week, Troye just dropped a new single from his 2015 album “Blue Neighbourhood” the day before the inauguration. But the best bit? The song of choice is “Heaven”.
Watch Troye Sivan’s “Heaven” video with Betty Who below.
The reason “Heaven” is so significant is that this song details Troye’s struggle with coming out as gay. As he explains in a video on his channel:
“When I first started to realise that I might be gay, I had to ask myself all these questions—these really really terrifying questions. Am I ever going to find someone? Am I ever going to be able to have a family? If there is a God, does that God hate? If there is a heaven, am I ever going to make it to heaven?”
As we head into a Trump Presidency, and the heavy anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric of Trump and his VP Mike Pence, songs like “Heaven” and their meaning will be more important than ever for LGBTQ+ youth to hear. What’s more: not only does this video feature a lot of American political imagery, it’s also overtly and unapologetically gay – the perfect middle finger to Trump on his big day.