GAY TIMES MAY 2018 • CASEY SPOONER (LIMITED EDITION)
Heteronormativity is a frightening concept. The idea that queer people should suppress certain elements of our identify in order to become more palatable for the straight population certainly doesn’t sit well with us. Fighting on the front lines against this rising wave of heterophilia is Casey Spooner, the musician whose art doesn’t just imply queerness but rather screams it from the rooftop. Casey’s work is incredibly important as we as a community grow comfortable with the portrayals of queer people in media where often the only thing ‘homo’ about them is that they’ve been homogenised. We met Casey in a club and spoke with him on his ‘aggressive homosexuality’ brand, his new music, and friendship with RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Violet Chachki.
“We get lesbianism showcased in entertainment all the time. It’s a non-issue to go and see a Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde where she has a lesbian sex scene that no one really talks about it, but once you have a gay scene in such a Hollywood film – it instantly makes it a gay film. There’s this weird double standard because the entertainment industry is dominated by heterosexual men that making queer music is actually as much for women as it is for gay men.”