Pop artist Wrabel’s song “The Village” has been hailed as a rallying cry for acceptance of transgender individuals. Released only days after President Trump’s attempt to ban trans people from serving in the military, the song and accompanying video detail the daily struggles faced by a young trans person.
In a new mini-documentary titled The Loudest Voice shared with OUT magazine, Wrabel said the song was inspired by two transgender kids he met after a show.
“I’ve always had trouble finding the words for it,” he said in the video. “It’s like they were simply themselves. And they were so comfortable and there.”
The singer said the confidence his two fans exuded inspired him to write his song “The Village,” because he wanted other kids in similar situations to feel the same way they did.
“When I was middle school and high school age I couldn’t even say the word gay out loud, I couldn’t even whisper it to myself in my bedroom,” he told OUT. “When I met those kids it just really struck me how they were just themselves and comfortable. It sounds cliché, but they changed my life.”
In the documentary, the singer says the power of those kids’ words pushed him to become a better artist. “I think that’s been a peak of the past 10 years of making music for me,” he said. “I found so much healing from that.”
Watch the full mini-documentary below, and read Wrabel’s interview with OUT here.