Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Wave Wednesday: "Smalltown Boy", by Bronski Beat

Smalltown BoyImage via Wikipedia
This week's New Wave Fave comes to us from the openly gay British techno-pop trio, Bronski Beat, with lead vocals by the legendary Jimmy Somerville, who went on to a successful stint as lead singer of the Communards and as a solo act.

In 1984, the band took on the issue of gay teens, parental rejection, bullying and running away with the song "Smalltown Boy", featuring Somerville's haunting falsetto.

There is nothing new about homophobia, bullying, victimizing and parental rejection of LGBT kids. But as hard as it is to believe, you can get through it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

If you or someone you know is being victimized and are feeling like there is no way out, there is help available. You are not alone. The Trevor Project is dedicated to helping at risk LGBT kids. Visit thetrevorproject.org or call 1(866) 4-U-TREVOR.

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