Troye Sivan ‘Politely Rejects’ Being Known as a ‘Gay Icon’ in New Interview
He may be a "gay icon" to his legions of fans, but in the new issue of Wonderland magazine, cover star Troye Sivan shares that he doesn't feel comfortable taking up the mantle.
"Knowing when to shut up, I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of color growing up," Sivan explains in his Spring 2018 cover story, in an excerpt obtained by JustJared.com. "What can I do as an empathetic person? How can I help? That’s why I politely reject the term ‘gay icon.' I would never wanna put that on myself."
However, that isn't to say Sivan didn't grow up with his own set of "gay icons"—even if the majority of them were cisgender, straight women.
"When I think about the songs that I grew up listening to that made me feel… gay, it was mostly straight women: Cher, Madonna, Miley, Robyn, Lady Gaga. Those are my gay icons, which is a bit strange," he says, adding, "I would have loved to have had more queer music growing up. That would have been nice.”
Wonderland's Spring 2018 issue is on newsstands now.
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