In August 2017, out musician Wrabel released his powerful music video for “The Village” as a sign of solidarity with the transgender community in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s ‘out of nowhere’ decision to ban trans military service members.
Beginning with this 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 video follows a young transgender man’s journey into self-acceptance.
The mournful tune focuses on issues of isolation that arise with the exploration of one’s sexuality and identity.
The lyrics urge the listener to remember there is nothing wrong with them. The issue is with those who treat them differently.
At the time, Wrabel sent this message to the LGBTQ community:
“To anyone that feels like an outsider, the problem isn’t you, it’s the village. I don’t know how else to raise my voice than in a song. And so, I wrote a song for you. #transrightsarehumanrights #thevillage”
Earlier this year, I covered Wrabel’s latest release “wish you well” here.