Openly gay singer and YouTube star, Troye Sivan, talks about his own personal experience with coming out and homophobia during an interview with radio station, Total Access.
The 20-year-old ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ singer shares that coming out was actually something he looked forward as a little boy, but he wasn’t sure of really doing so because of the shame he felt:
‘Back when I was a little kid, [I dream] about maybe one day coming out, but I was never sure if I was actually going to.
‘And then I thought that even if did come out, I’d always be super super discreet about everything, and secretive about everything.
‘That sort of comes from a sense of shame that surrounded the whole topic since I was a really little kid.’
And even though Sivan is proud of the things he has achieved with his music as well as in the LGBTQ community, he adds that he is still dealing with internalised homophobia.
‘Along the way I’ve actually become really proud of everything that I am, including [being] gay,’ he says. ‘It sounds crazy but internalised homophobia against myself is something I’ve dealt with my whole life. And so my life mission for myself, personally, is to just smash down all of those walls and be exactly who I want to be.’
Sivan adds that he believes that people still have to ‘come out’ in one way or another because society assumes that a person is straight the day they are born.
When asked whether we as a culture are becoming more accepting of the LGBTQ community, he replies:
‘In general I think we’re in the best place we’ve ever been, which is still a very scary place, especially for transgender people.
‘We’ve got a really, really long way to go, but we’re definitely doing better than we’ve ever done before.’
Listen to the 2-minute clip here: