Our favourite Cheshire lad is has made his hugely anticipated return to music with a brand new single from his sophomore album. The new Tyler Johnson produced track’Lights Up’, is a moody bop but here’s how Harry Styles’ new single empowers LGBT+ fans.
Since the single and accompanying music video dropped earlier today, many fans took to Twitter to share how they could resonate with the single in terms of their queer identity.
“lights up and they know who you are, know who you are, do you know who you are?”— aurora.🌈 LIGHTS UP (@habitftkissy) October 11, 2019
so it’s coming out day and harry’s song just really touched and told me to be myself, some people might know this but i’ve never really said it out loud so… i’m bi
The single coincidentally was released on National Coming Out Day and spoke volumes to Harry’s fans – many who identify as LGBTQIA+ – and encouraged them to speak about how they identify, with some even officially coming out.
well I had a cute way of coming but this works too , for so long I struggled with my sexuality and now I know , I’m bi and I’m proud to be , thank you to @Harry_Styles for helping me find myself ily all 💛 pic.twitter.com/dSiOknNPIn— monserrath ❥ 47 | stream lights up (@sottflowers) October 9, 2019
harry styles new song lights out dropped today on national coming out day and with that being said, i finally came to terms with my sexuality because of harry, i’ve been so uncomfortable with my self but he’s made me want to love myself and accept myself. im bisexual and proud.— 𝙻𝙸𝙶𝙷𝚃𝚂 𝚄𝙿 𝙾𝚄𝚃 𝙽𝙾𝚆 (@signofthefienes) October 11, 2019
Predominant lyrics of the song which stood out to may include “Lights up and they know who you are, do you know who you are? / step into the light, so bright sometimes, I’m not ever going back”
listen those lyrics are very uhhhh….i felt a lot about them and most of them have a lot to do with my own personal struggles coming to terms with gender and sexuality and embracing who i am and IM NOT EVER GOING BACK THANKS HARRY STYLES— jack-o-liam 🎃 (@uraddictivehart) October 11, 2019
The music video features a shirtless Styles in a steamy scene amongst many other shirtless people. The fact it wasn’t exclusive to women feels like major representation to queer fans.
IM SO PROUD OF YOU!! THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME FEEL COMFORTABLE AND SECURE IN MY SEXUALITY! I LOVE YOU! @Harry_Styles— ★ al ★ (@queermedicine) October 11, 2019
Though he has been reluctant to comment in how he personally identifies (and we completely accept that, as people who don’t feel they fit labels are 100% valid in the community), Harry has always been a huge advocate and acting ally for LGBTQIA+ rights, often taking fans’ pride flags on stage at his shows. He’s even released his own rainbow-themed merch.
The beauty of music is that no matter what the musician’s true meaning behind the song is, you have the right to be able to apply it to your own scenario. Harry could be talking about an identity crisis or having amnesia, for all we know, but it doesn’t matter because the impact it can have for the listener can speak louder than anything else we ever hear.
I am so proud of Harry for making such through-provoking much that actually slaps and we cannot wait to see where this new era takes us!
Harry Styles’ new single, ‘Lights Up’, is available now
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