Troye Sivan Doesn't Want You to Call Him a Gay Icon: 'I'm One Voice of So Many That Are Missing'
Pop phenomenon Troye Sivan has spent the last few years becoming one of the fastest-rising names in the music industry. The Australian-born singer has cultivated a serious fanbase and has been outspoken about his identity as a gay man and in his advocacy for the LGBTQ community. His fans have even started referring to him as a “gay icon.”
But Sivan said in a recent interview with Another Man that when it comes to that particular label, he’d like to see the community give it to someone with a different perspective than his own. “With people like Hayley Kiyoko and Brockhampton, we’re starting to get, finally, a diverse group of different LGBTQ perspectives,” he explained. “That’s why I politely don’t want to take on that ‘gay icon’ thing. I’m one voice of so many that are missing, and so I’m just trying to tell my story.”
The singer further explained that he has lived a privileged life up until this point, and he would like to see someone without the advantages he’s had be so warmly welcomed by the LGBTQ community. “I come from a middle-class white family in Australia, and all of my dreams have come true by 22,” he said. “I had the easiest coming out in the world ... I don’t ever want to take that on really, because there are plenty of other people who need to be heard first.”
Sivan’s comments come after a controversial piece in Variety highlighted a brunch at which the Australian pop singer and a number of other queer artists met to discuss homophobia in the music industry. Many were quick to point out online that the majority of individuals who were in the room were white, cisgender men.
The “My My My” singer added that with more diverse stories comes a more nuanced conversation of what it means to be queer. “Because of the lack of representation, there’s such limited stories that have been told,” he said. “There’s so much to cover -- it’s a hugely complex, nuanced, massive group of people, and there’s so many stories to tell.”
Read Sivan’s full interview with Another Man here.