On the day before a new president touting a cabinet where every member opposes LGBTQ rights, Troye Sivan delivers a powerful visual for one of the most poignant and moving songs on his Blue Neighbourhood album.
"Heaven" features pro-LGBTQ singer Betty Who and is centered around lyrics that any queer person inevitably feels when trying to reckon why religion is the central argument against being one's true self: "Without losing a piece of me / How do I get to heaven? / So if I'm losing a piece of me / Maybe I don't want heaven?" In the accompanying visual, clips of Troye singing in his lover's arms are interspersed with historic shots of LGBTQ movements, allies and regular-old couples. Watch (and be ready to get choked up) above.
While he was born and raised in Australia, Sivan has been outspoken about the 2016 election. He encouraged his fans to vote, and even when his candidate of choice did not win, he shared an inspiring message to remain hopeful, specifically calling to action women, Muslims, immigrants, people of color, disabled people and LGBTQ people.
With its unveiling just hours before Donald Trump is sworn in as president, no doubt the timing of this video was planned; but one can't help but feel the end of it is most important. The visual closes with Troye smiling and kissing his male lover in a safe, loving embrace. He's letting us know it's going to be okay. And it will, brothers, sisters and everyone in between—we just got to keep asking questions and finding peace in what we know to be true and good.
Below, watch Betty Who talk about her LGBTQ fans: