Declan McKenna is an amazing new talent on the music scene. He’s also someone who has a passion for social justice. In this video he explores depression and contemplating suicide. Specifically in the LGBTQ community, in particular Trans youth. Here’s how he responded to i.D.-Vice when asked; why did you find issues surrounding transgender people so affecting?
I’ve got a lot of trans friends who have gone through a lot of similar issues in the LGBT community and it’s something that l have always felt engaged with. Once l had the idea for “Paracetamol,” the song came very naturally. l got quite riled up about prejudices surrounding trans people especially after hearing the story of Leelah Alcorn — it was just the idea of transgender conversion therapy and trying to ‘fix someone.’ I never realized that kind of thing was going on in the world. There was a lot of similarities between what she went through and what my friends endured. It’s something that l am all about; l am a big fan of David Bowie so l am very into letting people be whoever they want to be allowing people freedom.
Here’s how i-D-Vice described this video:
Advocating equality, freedom and self expression, Declan’s most recent release entitled “Paracetamol” expands on the tragic suicide of American transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. Reimagining the pain and torment Leelah endured after being subjected to conversion therapy, posting her suicide note via Tumblr, her torment sparked a petition calling for a ban on such damaging and regressive aversion therapies. Shooting a poignant and affecting short film with irreverent Berlin filmmaker Matt Lambert, his visuals accompany the arresting and poetically composed song beautifully. A soft and sad commentary on the limiting effects ugly judgment can have on young and innocent people, Declan brings an issue to the world’s attention which demands our understanding. Composed of songs which combine important cultural moments and personal experiences, Declan’s debut album will give an original and insightful glimpse into the life of a very modern young man.
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