Internet sensation and singer Poppy released her second studio album today (31 October) and one of the album’s songs is a proud anthem for all genderqueer and non-binary people in the world.
The album, Am I a Girl?, has a single of the same name on it.
In the song, Poppy sings:
Please don’t complicate me
I don’t understand
Sometimes I’m feminine
Sometimes I’m masculine
Don’t evaluate me as woman or man
The banger is a catchy techno pop song, on top of being a proud song for an underrepresented part of the LGBTI community.
The chorus of the song continues the genderqueer theme:
Am I a girl?
Am I a boy?
What does that even mean?
I’m somewhere in between
Identifying as genderqueer, genderfluid, or non-binary means not subscribing to conventional gender norms. Rather than strictly identifying along the male/female binary, people who are genderqueer identify with both genders, neither, or a combination.
Actors Asia Kate Dillon, Ruby Rose, and Tommy Dorfman all identify as genderfluid. Drag queens like Aja and Courtney Act also identify on the genderqueer spectrum.
In an interview with Nylon, Poppy discussed her own identity: ‘Some days I feel like a boy, some days I feel like a girl, so I haven’t figured it out yet.’
So who is Poppy?
The singer, whose real name is Moriah Rose Pereira, first gained popularity as a YouTube personality.
Her early career started as singing covers of songs such as Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks and performing at festivals like VidCon. In 2013, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career.
Her debut studio album, Poppy.Computer, came out a year ago.
On YouTube, Poppy created abstract videos with uncanny valley themes. A recurring character on her channel is Charlotte, a celebrity-interviewing mannequin with a synthetic voice.
Charlotte was also the opening act for the Poppy.Computer tour in 2017-18.
Am I a Girl? is currently available everywhere.