Calum Scott soared to stardom in 2015 with his emotive cover of Robyn’s Dancing On My Own which immediately gained him worldwide recognition. After two years of production, his debut album dives deep into his journey towards true self-acceptance and living openly as a proud gay man. Speaking exclusively with Gay Times, Calum talks us through his traumatic coming out experience, his struggles with secrecy post-fame, and why songs about queer love and relationships are so important to a new generation of LGBTQ youth.
“When I was honest about myself and my feelings and especially my sexuality, it started flowing out of me like a river. I was writing about my experiences of being gay, of hiding it away, of telling my parents, coming out to the press, the circumstance where I was abandoned – all these different experiences in the hope that if I write these things and I'm honest, even if one person is like, 'He did it and he was terrified of what people would think but had the strength, maybe I will.' If it inspires one person, then all of those things I went through was completely worth it."
Elsewhere in the issue: Jacob Bixenman; Jay Versace; Rain Dove; AJA spills the T on All Stars 3; we look back on the queer zines of NYC; Richard Jenkins on playing a closeted gay man in The Shape of Water; Luke Austin on celebrating black masculinity; Ian Daniel on his docuseries Gaycation with best friend Ellen Page; a first hand account of gay life in Israel; Sebastian Lelio on why A Fantastic Woman is one of the most important trans movies of all time; plus music, film, fashion and much more.
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