South African-born Australian performer Troye Sivan has dedicated his new music video to past generations who’ve fought for LGBT equality.
The openly gay 21-year-old singer, songwriter and actor, shared the powerful clip for the track Heaven (ft. Betty Who) with the world on Thursday.
The black and white video, directed by Luke Gilford, includes archival footage of Pride marches, Harvey Milk, the early days of the Aids epidemic in the US, and same-sex couples embracing and dancing.
“Without losing a piece of me/How do I get to heaven?/Without changing a part of me/How do I get to heaven?” Sivan sings in the song, which he co-wrote about grappling with his sexuality at the age of 14.
“We have always been here. We will always be here,” commented Sivan on YouTube. “This video is dedicated to all who’ve come before me and fought for our cause and those who now continue the fight. In dark and light times, let’s love forever. Love, troye x”
On Twitter, he added that he considered Heaven to be “the most important song I’ve made…”
Sivan became a household name after he played the part of Spud in the three film adaptations of the best-selling South African novels.
In 2013, he came out as gay in a frank video to his YouTube followers, which number over 4 million. The multi-talented star released his stunning debut studio album, Blue Neighbourhood in 2015.