Since his music career began back in 2017, YUNGBLUD has been no stranger to being himself. It’s one of the biggest reasons why he has gained so much success and acquired so many loyal fans as well as creating music, YUNGBLUD, whose real name is Dominic Harrison, has also been a huge influence on his fanbase, and today, we’re going to talk about the top five times YUNGBLUD was an inspiration to our generation!
Speaking Out For LGBTQ+
Undoubtedly, YUNGBLUD is one of the most outspoken people when it comes to sexuality and the LGBTQ+ community. Late last year, the alternative rock artist came out as pansexual as well as polyamorous which has been a positive thing for his fans to see.
“You’ve got to lose yourself in a load of people to figure who you are sexually…”YUNGBLUD for Attitude Magazine
Dom talks a lot about the LGBTQ+ community on his recently released second album Weird!. The album included his hit song ‘Cotton Candy‘ which is written about his sexuality, as well as the hard-hitting true life-inspired song ‘mars.’ This track is based around a story one of his fans told him about being transgender. A super important story told in the most beautiful way, a great way for him to show his transgender fans that he stands with them!
Watch The Video For ‘Mars’ Right Here!
Dom goes above and beyond to show his support within his music and outside of it. Dom has been a huge advocate on his social media, sharing posts and support about issues the world still needs to tackle regarding LGBTQ+ rights, alongside showing his support on stage by making speeches about not being afraid to love whoever you want.
The Bond He Has With His Fans
Ever since he began his music career and gained a fan base, YUNGBLUD has always done whatever he can to make his fans feel super connected to him. The artist has often said his fan base, the Black Hearts Club also known as the BHC, is more like family to him. He goes out of his way to break the barrier of fans to make them feel more like friends by video calling them often, having a free meet and greets on his tours, replying to fans whenever he can and so much more. It’s incredibly heartwarming to see how close he is with his fans and to see that no matter how big he gets as an artist, his fans will always be most important to him.
Earlier this year, YUNGBLUD also hosted a competition on TikTok which lead to one of his fans even getting to be a feature on one of his songs! The winner got to have their own verse on hit single ‘Parents’ and you can listen to it here.
A Voice For Important Issues
Over the past few years, many things have happened in the world that people needed to hear and learn about. YUNGBLUD has always been extremely passionate about things that matter to him and is not one to step down in a fight so it was no surprise that he was doing whatever he could to share information. During the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, Dom was front and center for the protests. He was joined with close friend Halsey and together, they marched and spread awareness to their fan bases. YUNGBLUD wasn’t quiet on social media about it and demanded that people were not silent.
to remain neutral only helps the oppressor, never the victim. silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. do not be silent now. scream at the top of your lungs!— YUNGBLUD’s on mars (@yungblud) June 1, 2020
YUNGBLUD has also used his songs to show his support for important movements and issues. On his debut album 21st Century Liability, the artist talks about sexual assault in his song ‘Polygraph Eyes.’ This track speaks out on men taking advantage of women who are drunk as well as the impact it has on the women who have experienced it. YUNGBLUD has also touched upon gun control and the dangers of it within his song ‘Machine Gun.’
Listen to ‘Polygraph Eyes’ By YUNGBLUD below!
As well as this, the alternative rock artist has given a voice to people who need to be heard with his latest podcast. On The YUNGBLUD Podcast, Dom speaks to his fans about important topics that impact their lives and possibly the listeners too. The podcast so far has seen YUNGBLUD talk to people about a range of subjects from suicide, to discovering your sexuality, to life as a drag queen, to dealing with mental health issues along with so many more! It’s a beautiful podcast that goes against the stigma of staying silent on “taboo” topics. You can listen to The YUNGBLUD Podcast on BBC sound right here!
Unconforming To Gender Stereotypes
Undoubtedly, YUNGBLUD is very well known for his outrageous outfits and lack of empathy for gender norms. The singer makes sure to remind his fan base at every chance he gets, that it’s important to be yourself without worrying about what people think about you. He often wears a dress or skirt on stage and has previously stated that he finds himself more confident and sexy while wearing them.
YUNGBLUD also enjoys having his nails painted and likes to experiment with makeup. He is often seen on the red carpet and at major events with bright eyeshadow and lipstick which is a huge step in the right direction to fight gender norms. We can only imagine how inspiring that must be for young men who feel nervous to start expressing themselves in this way. We love YUNGBLUD so much for publicly showing that it is completely normal for men to wear makeup and paint their nails while looking incredible while doing so!
🖤🇬🇧🖤🇬🇧🖤🇬🇧🖤 pic.twitter.com/TMXL0uFW2A— YUNGBLUD’s on mars (@yungblud) May 7, 2021
Being A Beacon Of Hope For Young People
Without a doubt, YUNGBLUD has been a huge beacon of hope for his fan base. With his positive words and inspiring lyrics, Dom has captivated the hearts of many and pushed them to do more good. He’s always encouraging anyone who listens to him to never let anyone tell you who to be or to never believe you are not good enough. The kind of artist everyone needs to have in their life.
i believe in our generation with all my fucking heart. we are tomorrow. tomorrow will be better.— YUNGBLUD’s on mars (@yungblud) January 31, 2020
In his 2019 hit single ‘Hope For The Underrated Youth,’ YUNGBLUD used his music to encourage people to feel positive. The track is an uplifting power ballad that talks about how young people are growing into a generation with a passion to make the world a better place. He’s always been very enthusiastic about the way our generation thinks and has stated that he feels young people get looked past when it comes to things such as politics and other important matters. He believes our generation deserves to be heard and acknowledged. We couldn’t agree more!
Watch YUNGBLUD’s Fan Based Video For ‘Hope For The Underrated Youth’ here!
We’re so glad to see that there YUNGBLUD is an artist not only creating music but also with a drive for change. He does whatever he can to inspire his fan base as well as anyone that can hear him. He reminds people to feel strong as themselves and to not let anyone make them feel small. The world is in need of more people like him and we’re so lucky to have him in our lives. We love you, Dom!
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