Stop what you’re doing and listen to this transgender awareness song
Wrabel, known for his single 11 Blocks, just released a music video, and it’s amazing! After President Trump took away the protections of transgender youth in public schools, Wrabel wrote the song “The Village” in response on February 23.
“i just wanted to write a simple song letting anyone that feels like an outsider know that the problem isn’t you, it’s them,” Wrabel shared on Instagram. “it’s the village.”
i wrote this song on february 23rd. the day after trump took away federal protections for trans students in public schools. today i release the video, just days after he tweeted to ban trans people from serving in the military. i just wanted to write a simple song letting anyone that feels like an outsider know that the problem isn't you, it's them. it’s the village. not in an aggressive us vs. them way, but just because you are the minority… just because people whisper freak when u walk down the hall… all of these things… it's so hard out there… i know it is. these things aren't pointing towards something wrong with YOU they're pointing to a humongous problem with the majority… the them. two of my biggest supporters are trans teenagers. i've had the chance to meet their families. to get to know them. to hear about their struggles and dreams. hi. if you guys are reading this, i need to say thank you. thank you for being YOU. thank you for being honest and courageous and bold and vulnerable and transparent and true. you inspire me to be myself. you inspire me to be fearless in my self expression. my heart breaks for you. what this man is saying and doing. it has to stop. he is giving the village permission to hate. to look at those who are different as wrong and lesser than. i don't know how else to raise my voice than in a song. and so, i wrote a song for you. i came out as gay at around 23. i grew up in the church. i came out into a church in los angeles that called it "same sex attraction". it was wrong. i was wrong. it was evil. i was evil. "unnatural" they called it. "unnatural" they called me. i can't pretend like i know what it's like to be trans. to feel those feelings and know those struggles. all i can do is try to speak up and try to relate. there’s nothing wrong with you, there's something wrong with the village. video link in bio . with all of my love .
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The song covers the experience of coming out to a family who is less than accepting, how there is nothing wrong with you, but that there is something wrong with the education and acceptance of the people in the village.
The music video features a visual portrayal of what it is like to be transgender while living with a transphobic family. The story begins with actor August Aiden Tomlinson staring into the mirror, wrapping on a chest binder. An upset father comes knocking on the door, picking up the binder in anger. The video pans to a quote.
“In nature, a flock will attack any bird that is more colorful than the others because being different is seen as a threat…”‘
The bird metaphor carries on throughout the portrayal of Tomlinson’s experience, with the video occasionally fading to Wrabel performing the song. Wrabel, known for artistic expression, proudly wears transgender pride face paint.
to my trans friends out there . my heart breaks for you . this man does not speak for all of us . this man does not speak for me . he is evil . spewing hate and dangerous discrimination . i pray that his words do not settle into your heads and hearts . you are valid and beautiful . you are brave and courageous and strong . stronger than him . i am with you and so many are with you . if there is a god out there, he or she or they or it loves you . and he or she or they or it HATES what is happening rite now . this isn't about politics this is about HUMANITY . this is about PEOPLE . i am so sorry . i truly am . it feels like i don't know what to do to help and i can feel powerless about it . i can just offer my heart and my words and my promise that i will do what i can and i will fight and yell and kick and scream and work and express myself all in the name of love and in the name of inclusion and celebration of you and of all people . we are all just that . people . all of my love to all of you . #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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Add this song to all of your playlists, then watch the music video over and over.
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