In stunning black-and-white, scenes of Sivan embracing an unfaced man, as a montage of monumental people and moments that have impacted the LGBTQ community — such as icon Harvey Milk and protests for same-sex marriage — play out.
The scenes are all the more touching over the lyrics, like, “Without losing a piece of me/How do I get to heaven?/Without changing a part of me/How do I get to heaven?”
For what Sivan has referred to as “the most important song” he’s ever made, the timing of the video’s release couldn’t be more significant. Friday (Jan. 20), the day after the video’s release, is the swearing in of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence — who previously signed a “religious freedom law” allowing businesses to deny service of LGBTQ patrons, among various other things.
Though not a US citizen, Sivan (a South African-born Australian) has been an outspoken champion of LGBTQ rights and equality worldwide.
Watch the video for “HEAVEN” below.