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Halsey Covers PAPER's Pride Issue, Talks Bisexuality In Pop Music

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She talks being openly queer in the industry, and "Strangers".



"Unfiltered, unafraid and out."



Halsey is one of the most visible queer women in the music industry and unashamedly shares her experiences through her songs to break stigmas and challenge the heteronormativity we hear day and night on the radio, so it only makes sense that PAPER magazine wanted her on the cover of their Pride issue.

The singer discusses what it's like to be LGBT+ in the music industry, how her bisexuality has been challenged by the media and public, and how "Strangers" - her song with Lauren Jauregui - came about.

"I'm a young, bisexual woman and finding that kind of representation in music is really complicated. You don't want to be limited from listening to music that is relatable to you because you're a pop music fan," she says. "Pop music can often be really ostracizing. It's just a shame that it's so hard for marginalized or minority people to get the same pop music experience as people who are heterosexual or generally part of the majority. They deserve the same pop music experience."



When discussing how groundbreaking the success of "Strangers" could be (the first same-sex love song by two bisexual women in mainstream pop), Halsey reflects on how pop music treats bisexuality as a taboo and the negative impact this has.

""Don't tell your mom" or "We shouldn't do this" or "This feels so wrong but it's so right." That narrative is so fucking damaging to bisexuality and its place in society. That's something I've had to fight my whole life and something I still fight. I still see people on the internet saying, "Of course Halsey says she's bisexual. It'll help her sell albums." BuzzFeed wrote this article and they were like, "Is Halsey really bisexual? Because when she did the VMAs with the Chainsmokers, she had long hair. Was that because she wanted the public to see her as straight?""

The interview is a really interesting read, and the photo shoot is bomb as she poses and gets intimate with model Caroline Smith so be sure to check it out.

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Why even make a difference in the first place? I don't really care about the perspective about a song, a guy can sing about a girl, a girl can sing about a girl and so on, a great song is a great song, it doesn't take anything away from it, maybe it is just me.

I never thought omg, i am hearing now a song by a straight girl, who does that?

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3 hours ago, Ross Lohan said:

Don't tell your mom

Coming for Cool For The Summer, I see you, Halsey. :roflney: She's not wrong, though.

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22 minutes ago, Alexanda said:

Why even make a difference in the first place? I don't really care about the perspective about a song, a guy can sing about a girl, a girl can sing about a girl and so on, a great song is a great song, it doesn't take anything away from it, maybe it is just me.

I never thought omg, i am hearing now a song by a straight girl, who does that?

Yeah, but she's talking about how songs in pop, when about a girl with another girl, usually the narrative implies that what they're doing is wrong. This, when coupled with how often bisexuals are told, "You're just doing it for attention", "it's just a phase until you figure out you're gay", "I would never touch a bi because they've been tainted by d*ck",  "Never trust a bisexual because they could leave you for a guy", "You just want to have sex with everyone", etc... It can be very damaging, and songs like that do nothing but support the stereotype. That's her point.

Like, personally I can understand why people generally wouldn't care, but at the same time, I also kind of want to say maybe that's because it's not from a point of view you (general "you" there, for the record) can understand. :yaknow:

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Love her, I really do think she means well and I am glad she's bringing representation to the LGBT community. Wish we had a male popstar who was like her but we know that would be a whole new story :( 

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2 hours ago, fucknfurter said:

Yeah, but she's talking about how songs in pop, when about a girl with another girl, usually the narrative implies that what they're doing is wrong. This, when coupled with how often bisexuals are told, "You're just doing it for attention", "it's just a phase until you figure out you're gay", "I would never touch a bi because they've been tainted by d*ck",  "Never trust a bisexual because they could leave you for a guy", "You just want to have sex with everyone", etc... It can be very damaging, and songs like that do nothing but support the stereotype. That's her point.

Like, personally I can understand why people generally wouldn't care, but at the same time, I also kind of want to say maybe that's because it's not from a point of view you (general "you" there, for the record) can understand. :yaknow:

No, no, i am not that ignorant, people should care at least when a minority feels uncomfortable with something like that,  :yaknow:  As a gay male of course i know these stereotypes, "I would never touch a bi" is on a whole new level, wow.

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11 minutes ago, Alexanda said:

No, no, i am not that ignorant, people should care at least when a minority feels uncomfortable with something like that,  :yaknow:  As a gay male of course i know these stereotypes, "I would never touch a bi" is on a whole new level, wow.

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Well, that's very fair. And I do agree completely. Sadly, I've heard it before. :(

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45 minutes ago, fucknfurter said:

Well, that's very fair. And I do agree completely. Sadly, I've heard it before. :(


The truth is they don't deserve you. :hugs: Always remember not everyone is like that.

 

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15 minutes ago, Alexanda said:


The truth is they don't deserve you. :hugs: Always remember not everyone is like that.

 

:hugs: Aw, thank you so much, that's so kind of you. And I will definitely keep it in mind.

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