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Country Singer Chase Sansing Celebrates His Gay Pride In MV For "Begins With You"

Country singer Chase Sansing is singing about his past struggles and his current pride as an openly gay man.

In his new single, “Begins With You,” Sansing is talking openly about his life as a gay singer in the world of country music.

“I wrote this song two and a half years ago after coming out,” says Sansing, “After coming out, I felt like I could finally sing the songs I really wanted to sing. I grew up struggling with balancing being a country singer and also being gay because I knew the two didn’t mix that well.”

“I wrote this song specifically to reach out to kids that are like me and are growing up in a small town thinking they are different and that there’s something wrong with them and that it’s a bad thing,” he continues. “I hope this song shows them that it’s not and they are perfect the way they are.”

Going along with that, the music video for the song features Chase Sansing visiting Gay Pride events in Louisville, Chicago, Murfreesboro, and Nashville.

“I began traveling to pride festivals to interview and film people who struggled just like me,” he explains. “It took me two years to finish the project because I wanted to do it right.”

“This song is basically my new start to being the singer I’ve always wanted to be because country music is about singing the truth, and if I’m not singing the truth and what I’m truly feeling then I’m not singing country music.”

You can check out the music video down below.

h/t: NewNowNext

Troye Sivan Strips Down "My My My" Into An Acoustic Version

South African-born/Australian-lived singer Troye Sivan has dropped an acoustic version to his electropop single “My My My.”

While we were originally distracted by the sexual tones of the first version’s music video, this latest version gives us the chance to really appreciate the lyrics and meaning behind the song.

The video that goes along with this new version of “My My My,” which you can watch below, has Sivan’s performance stripped down to the bare essentials in a nearly empty room.

On top of that, Sivan has also announced more information about his upcoming album. For instance, he’s shared that Ariana Grande will be featuring in one song.

Also, don’t forget that Troye Sivan isn’t just a singer, but he also has an acting gig coming up in the near future.

Sivan is set to appear in the movie adaption of the conversion therapy memoir Boy Erased along aside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

Pop Artist Rilan Tackles Superficiality in New Single 'MoneyTalk'

Triple threat artist Rilan recently dropped his new single MoneyTalk that gives the right amount of shade to the folks who lead superficial lifestyles. The singer, dancer, and actor who you might remember from Glee, has been hard at work developing a strong team of professionals which include Lady Gaga’s choreographer Richy Jackson and co-manager Joe Simpson (Yup, Jessica and Ashlee’s daddy!)

Needless to say, Rilan’s breakout pop career has amassed over 10 million views and almost a million Spotify streams.

The sultry performer has given us the moveable and grooveable beats Blindfolds featuring Naz Tokio, Hotel, and Chemical—each exploring different emotions and sounds.

With MoneyTalk, Rilan--who is an ally of the LGBTQ community--gets real about what it means to be chasing the artificial—which we in Southern California know so much about! With his team of backup dancers, Rilan serves Hollywood robotic plastic seeking fish. The whole video is like a musical interpretation of the show Botched where everyone is hungry for approval and looking to attain it by any means necessary.

Instinct got in touch with Rilan, who shared some of what his journey in the music industry has been like:

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

I've always been drawn to performers. Growing up I idolized Bowie and Prince and Madonna: artists that went past the records and brought their music to life. They weren't afraid to be different because different was who they were, and you could feel that in their music and their performances. But I also grew up in 2000s pop. Britney, P!nk, N*SYNC, "Dirrty" era Xtina, and Janet were my bread and butter. They knew how to put on a show. They entertained. They weren't too cool to go balls to the wall. My taste ranges though. I'm a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails, She Wants Revenge, and Marilyn Mason. Certainly not pop, but I've found that the common thread between all of my inspirations is performance. Nowadays everything is chill. Everything is a vibe. I don't live in a world of vibes, and neither do any of the artists I look up to. While everyone else is too busy vibing, I plan on going full out and reminding people what pop used to be. 

Who is the ‘Rilan’ listener?

I don't think there's a certain look for someone who listens to my music. I think we look like misfits. We're the loners. We're the ones who'd rather stand outside of the inner circle being ourselves than inside of it pretending to fit in. I want to be able to look out in the audience and see it filled with outsiders. I want the goths, the gays, the nerds, the emos, the freaks, the uncool kids because that's what I am. I've never been cool, and that's some of my biggest inspiration behind my music. I want to put on a show for the uncool kids like me where being uncool is cool. 



What’s the message behind your single ‘MoneyTalk’?

LA is like a real life Instagram account. Everyone's pretty and famous and rich even if they really aren't. People here paint a picture of perfection like they do on social media, but beneath it all is the ugly truth. Under the filters and the fillers and the Facetune is what you really look like. I'm so tired of Instagram models with unattainable body proportions, blown up lips and cheekbones, and zero pores on their faces. That's not what you really look like. That's not what anyone can look like without having the money to pay for it, but that's never said. The fact that these people have millions of followers just tells little girls and boys that to be pretty is to look like that. Being pretty is now unattainable without procedures, and I think that's bullshit. By all means, do what you want with your face and your body to make yourself happy, but don't lie about it. It pisses me off that these are now the cool kids of the world, and I think it's time someone talked about it. 


What can we expect next from you?

I have a lot of new music I've been working on and performing locally that I'm super excited to share with everyone. More songs and videos are coming. Really what's next is bringing back pop music to the scene. It's been dry out there for a while now. I'm ready for chill vibes to die and excitement to come back to music, and if I have to kill chill vibes myself for that to happen, then I will. 

Check out the sad sad city in the official music video for MoneyTalk:



Country Singer Donovan Woods Releases Pro-Gay MV & Tells Fans To Be More Tolerant

Singer-songwriter Donovan Woods is working his way into our good graces.

Woods recently released a new music video for his song “Burn that Bridge.” From conservative eyes, the music video is very controversial. The video depicts a gay, interracial couple, who were apparently roommates that fell in love, dancing around, talking, kissing, cuddling, fighting, and even smoking weed.

Then, Woods talked to Billboard to discuss the music video.

“Once he figured out the groundwork of the song’s story -- one of two good friends falling in love with the other -- he felt strongly that it should be represented by a gay couple," said the Billboard writer.

Donovan Woods also shares that its his co-writer, who’s a gay woman, was the person who inspired him to have a gay couple in the music video.

After being asked, “How do you think the folk and country industries and those communities are doing in terms of including more LGBTQ individuals?” Donovan replied, “They’re not doing well at all,” he added that he was “shocked again and again by how slow the progress is in the country world.”

“I think people are still afraid to sort of express their real opinions outwardly for fear of losing fans.”

That said, a new generation of country singers are coming in and shaking the genre up. Woods says its these young singers, like Maren Morris, and Brothers Osbourne, that are going to change things for good.

“These are young people who have grown up in the real world with a realistic view of what 2018 should look like.”

Also, Woods shared that country music’s very basis is the problem. With the genre constantly looking towards the past with lyrics like, “the good ol’ days,” and words against the crazy modern world, country music is ignoring social progress.

“It's all codified language that is dangerous because things were not better in the past. Like, they just weren't. We all know that. They were not better from a social justice standpoint, they were not better for human rights or equality. We all know that.”

K-Pop Singer Holland Debuted A Gay Romance Video (That Got Censored As 19+)

Back in September, we shared with you the news that hip-hop singer MRSHLL was gearing up to debut as the first openly gay singer in the Korean music industry. Sadly, it now looks like someone beat him to the punch.

The Korean music industry is suddenly getting a wave of LGBTQ representation lately. First, MRSHLL announced his upcoming debut into the Korean hip-hop music scene, next Hansol, a former member of the K-pop boyband Topp Dogg, came out as asexual, then K-pop girl group Loona featured a lesbian romance story in their music video this past December.

Now, newcomer Holland has debuted with his first single and included not only a gay romance in the music video, but a gay kiss.

Despite it seeming fairly ordinary to our American and Western mentalities, this is a significant moment in Korea’s music scene.

The video in question, which can be seen below, is so revolutionary that it’s been rated as 19+, according to Billboard.

The general perspective on LGBTQ life in Korea is still grasping to understand LGBTQ people, though they acknowledge the existence of their queer neighbors. This mentality is what allows the Korean military to still be openly imprisoning gay men in service (even though all men are required to serve for at least three years), and have a president who says he’ll do nothing to support LGBTQ rights.

That said, this video is already garnering praise for openly celebrating gay love as the hashtag #HollandDebutDay trended worldwide on twitter after the video’s release.

You can check out what caused all the jubilation in the video down below.

Troye Sivan Explores Cruising Culture With Porn Star Justin Brody in "My My My!"

Australian singer Troye Sivan is back with a new single and music video.

“My My My!” shows Sivan opening up to a more sexual side of himself than ever before. The video not only includes heaps of shirtless men, like porn star VBrody Blomqvist, but it shows Sivan exploring the world of gay cruising.

“My My My!’ is a song of liberation, freedom, and love,” says Sivan. “Throw all inhibition to the wind, be present in your body, love wholeheartedly, move the way you’ve always wanted to, and dance the way you feel—hopefully even to this song!”

Sivan also shared on twitter he thoughts after the video dropped on Youtube.

“Guys legit im just scrolling through all of your comments and tweets and articles and i can’t stop smiling. so much more to come, too. 2018 is gonna be so fun!!!”

You can watch the video down below, and look forward to Sivan’s upcoming album (currently untitled) coming out in the spring.



Music Video Expresses What It's Like to Have a 'Gay Christmas'

The holidays bring cheer and happiness to many people, but there are others who sometimes are left with emptiness because the season brings bad memories while others don't feel like they have much to celebrate. Often times the joy of the season is extinguished by those who are closest to us. We spend time with family, but sometimes those who are supposed to love us the most are the very people who alienate us and make us feel like we don't belong--even during the holidays.

I love the holiday season because it makes me reflect on what has transpired throughout the year and reminds me how fortunate I am in many ways. But I have had my share of sad Christmases. I have spent teary Christmas Eves alone in my room because of break-ups, arguments with family members, and feelings of hopelessness that not even Christmas lights, endless tamale-eating and spiced apple cider can cure.

Being queer is unique and while not everyone may accept us for who we are, we are definitely fortunate enough to be able to surround ourselves with those individuals who lift us up and celebrate us. Even when families may not be accepting or willing to welcome you for who you are with open arms, the beauty in being queer is that we have the power to have a chosen family--usually friends--who make up our world and are truly the reason for the season.

For those who have ever felt that they don't fit in with the holiday season, artist Tom Goss has music video--just in time for Christmas--that celebrates our differences and our power to be with who we choose during the holidays and every other day of the year. Don't let the song's somber tone fool you, it packs a positive message punch.

Gay Christmas tells the story of a group of individuals walking their way through key points in Los Angeles, being down about the holidays. We follow them in poignant lyrics that stress that there is no point in trying to fake our way through the holidays with people who don't value us for who we are.

The song also touches on the difficult moments we have endured throughout 2017 as we are living through tumultuous political and social times.

At the end of the video, Goss expresses that the song and video is for those "who have felt like an outsider on what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year.”

Here's the video, which will hopefully send a positive message to all:

Palm Springs: Longtime Gay Video Bar Changes Name to QuadZ

Even in small California desert towns famous for “a dry heat,” a longtime Hollywood legacy and global gay tourism, change happens. Gents: the Palm Springs gay video bar formerly known as Spurline is now…QuadZ.

What’s the name mean?

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Eric Stahl, 47, one of the managers of the bar said via phone.

Owners Michael McCartney and Jim Osterberger, who opened Spurline more than ten years ago also own the original QuadZ in Las Vegas, a bar with a website homepage stating that they have “some of the best and strongest drinks at some of the lowest prices Gay Vegas has to offer.”

Why did they revamp and rename? “It’s part of the transformation of Arenas Road,” Stahl said.

Indeed, competition for customers is intense. Tourism has grown by leaps and bounds as the region has recovered from the Great Recession, and today’s (often younger) patrons from markets such as LA, San Diego and San Francisco demand ever more upscale environments. 

In the past couple of years new arrivals to Palm Springs’ gayest avenue include Chill Bar, right next door to QuadZ, and Blackbook, half a block away. Across the road, Hunters invested in an extensive renovation about a year or so ago, installing a new DJ booth and world class sound system. 

QuadZ’s arrival can be seen as a continuation of the gay desert revival that began about five years ago, when Ron deHarte took the helm at Palm Springs Pride. It was deHarte who lobbied city hall to close off Arenas Road between Indian Canyon and Calle Encillia for all-day outdoor entertainment during Pride weekend, annually held on the first weekend in November.

For Instinct readers who travel to Palm Springs, you may remember how Spurline was famous for its beloved show tunes and musical theatre nights on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Patrons would sing along to videos of musical numbers from classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to newer films like Chicago and many numbers recorded from the annually broadcast TONY awards.


“We haven’t changed those,” Stahl said. And Sundays will continue to have karaoke, hosted by “none other than Jeff Bosco,” a longtime Spurline employee.

Will anything new be happening? “We’re looking to liven up a couple of the other nights,” is all Stahl would say regarding programming on the remaining nights of the week.

Now that the bar has a fresh look inside, “We will be looking to reach out to the gay community more,” Stahl added. He means event and group business. LGBTQ enthusiast and athletic organizations like the International Gay Rodeo Association that come to Palm Springs, or that may have local chapters, are prime business targets.

What has the customer response been? Stahl said both regulars and newbies to QuadZ have given him positive reviews. And if you check out their Facebook page, you can read supportive comments from local fans.

QuadZ opened in early October, prior to Halloween and the annual Leather Pride and Palm Springs Pride weekends. High season in the Coachella Valley, where Palm Springs is, officially started November 1 and, depending upon whom you ask, generally goes until March/April. That’s when that world-renowned “dry heat” descends and QuadZ will be serving the locals. Happy hour pricing, anyone?

Below: an example of the kind of video patrons will see on QuadZ's popular show tune evenings.








Brian Justin Crum Shows His 'Wild Side' With New Single

2016 America’s Got Talent Finalist Brian Justin Crum left the audience speechless on numerous occasions and his performances got some very well-deserved standing ovations from the judges. The vocal powerhouse stunned with performances of covers such as Radiohead’s Creep and Queen’s Somebody to Love.

The singer who hails from San Diego, CA definitely made an impact on the competition with his backstory of struggle with sexuality and identity. Ultimately, Crum came in 4th place on his season with winner being sweetheart Grace Vanderwaal—I mean, who can compete with an adorably talented little girl? As hot and talented as Brian Justin Crum is, we knew America’s Got Talent wouldn’t be the last we saw of him.

Now, Brian Justin Crum is showing us what he’s really made of with a brand-spanking-new single Wild Side. The singer-songwriter worked with producer Frankmusik on this single which according to the official press release “is a celebration of exploration of sexuality, sensuality and consensual submissiveness, a side that fans of the America’s Got Talent alum have not yet seen.”

Brian shares:

It’s important for me as an artist that I share all parts of myself without shame. My fans have seen my vulnerable side, but I am ready for them to see more of me now. It is important that we acknowledge how far we have come from the archaic time when LGBTQ people were sent to mental hospitals and psychiatric wards to find a cure for their ‘sickness,’ but we still have so far to go. We need to have a healthy attitude towards consensual sex amongst partners. I hope this song opens up that dialogue so members of the LGBTQ community no longer feel shame for their sexual expression.

The song is haunting, dark, sexy and will make you feel all kinds of emotions with its depiction of vintage footage juxtaposed with imagery of S&M and bondage. And Brian is looking as fine as ever!

Check out the video for Wild Side here:






You can buy/stream the new single here:

And just for funzies, here’s Brian showing us more of his wild side.




I've missed you guys! Happy Friday! How's everyone doing!!???

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Get out of my head.

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All clean! Off to Minneapolis!

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This Fraternity's Dance Routine Is Going Viral

Members of Sigma Tau Gamma at the University of Central Oklahoma performed a mash-up dance and cheer routine that has left the internet going nuts. The group, who performed the routine at this year’s Homecoming Cheer and Dance Competition, sported jorts (jean shorts), fanny packs, white crew socks and white sneakers—fulfilling our daddy-loving dreams!

The video that was originally posted on Facebook, has since gone viral—I mean, with those tight jean shorts, who could turn away?

But this young brotherhood isn’t all about working those shorts and fannies--the frat is currently raising funds for the Special Olympics via a GoFundMe page.

Way to go, boys! Keep twerking for the internets!