Matty Healy of The 1975 Talks About the Importance of LGBTQ+ Advocacy

Careful not to take up space, but always an ally
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The 1975 frontman Matty Healy sat down with CHANNEL Q Sacramento's Patrick Harbison this weekend and discussed the honesty and advocacy behind his music and persona. Healy aims to be genuine, while also advocating for communities that still face discrimination. In his interview, the "Love It If We Made It" singer talks about how being an ally does not mean taking up LGBTQ+ space, but rather being a pillar of support when needed.

"I think that advocacy is important to me inherently across the board. I spend a lot of time advocating for people who are less fortunate, or oppressed, or whatever it may be," Healy shares. He credits his upbringing and growing up in a progress punk scene for helping to shape these ideals. "It's really important to me. A lot of my friends are gay people and like I said, I'm very immersed in the community due to the community I have as fans."

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When asked about how his lyrics have resonated within the community, Healy credits a personal and honest approach to songwriting. "In all walks of life... people can deal with the truth, what they can't deal with is being f***ed around," he continues. "That's like the rule for everything. It's all about authenticity."

Healy expresses that while it's important to him to be an ally, he remains nervous about taking up "gay spaces."

"I'm not playing any games," he explains. From kissing a man in Dubai despite their laws condemning homosexuality to helping to back a center for the LGBTQ+ community in London, Healy has been a visible champion, yet it has been important for him to not waive a flag or celebrate himself. "I want to help everyone. I love gay people. I want to help everyone."

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