Australian TV Star Hugh Sheridan Comes Out As Non-Binary

Hugh Sheridan
Hugh Sheridan
Hugh Sheridan (image via Instagram)

Hunky Australian actor/singer Hugh Sheridan came out (again) over the weekend in a social media post sharing with the world they are non-binary.

Sheridan’s Instagram post highlighted the cover of DNA Magazine’s latest issue which features Sheridan with their fiancé Kurt Roberts.

“Given that’s it IS #pridemonth & I am beyond honored to share the most coveted DNA cover of 2021 with the greatest lover/HUMAN of all time,” wrote Sheridan referencing Roberts. “I understand why @dnamagazine chose LOVE over… another pic of a guy with a towel.”

“FYI,” Sheridan continued, “I AM still a human (nonbinary/bi/me/Hughman) but I’m in a monogamous relationship with another human, who I love. I don’t accept a label cause it limits me… if you want it; take it. I chose zero labels for no other reason except the exclusion, limitations, separation, I believe are all one, deeeeep down. &…who knows? Why chose?!! Be you. Be true. Be free: to BE, to JUST BE… you, a human, same as me.”

The 35-year-old closed their missive urging folks to “READ THE ARTICLE, you’ll laugh. I did.”

At this writing the post has received over 15K ‘Likes’ including a comment of fire emojis from Aussie pop-star/actress Natalie Imbruglia.

In an October 2020 essay for Stellar Magazine, Sheridan shared that they had been in relationships with both women and men in the past, but preferred not to put a label on their sexuality.

In the essay, the actor admitted they’d been bullied as a teenager for being gay, even though they were sexually attracted to the opposite sex at the time. It wasn’t until they moved to Sydney to attend the National Institute for Dramatic Arts, that they fell in love a man.

“I finally met a guy who I connected with emotionally, mentally and physically,” Sheridan wrote, saying they were “over the moon” because they realized they “could finally be what people always wanted me to be.”

But the relationship would eventually end, and they began dating a woman. Eschewing this or that sexual identity, Sheridan wrote, “I believe labels are for clothes, not people.”

On March 5, 2021, Sheridan proposed to now-fiancé Roberts (a former DNA Magazine cover model) at the opening night performance of their stage show Hughman.

A familiar face on Australian television, Sheridan starred in the long-running show Packed To The Rafters, winning four Logie Awards (Australia’s excellence in TV honors) for their work. They are currently working on a spin-off of the series, Back To The Rafters, set to debut this September on Amazon Prime Video.

Out Music: Kat Cunning ‘Boys’

Kat Cunning drops their new single “Boys” (promo photo)

Non-binary singer/actor Kat Cunning has released a powerful new song titled “Boys” via LAVA/Republic Records.

The track is their third single of the year and is an encouraging and personal love letter to the first transmasculine person they ever met and fell in love with.

The imminently danceable pop track showcases Cunning’s most essential musical qualities – honest, authentic songwriting and vocals that soar in a clarion call to love ourselves.

Unzip your skin and let me in
We’re the last ones, the last ones, the last ones here
Don’t be afraid I know a place
For the last ones, the last ones, the last ones here

“This song is a love letter to to the queer community and anyone who has had to look beyond their back yard to find their community,” reads Cunning’s note on the YouTube page. “It’s a spotlight on the trans masc angels that are some of my true heroes, changing what it means to ‘be a man’ for the better.”

Cunning shares via press release, “Since writing ‘Boys’ three years ago, I have come out as non-binary (transmasculine-leaning) and I use they/them pronouns. Unknowingly, I wrote the song as a letter of acceptance to myself, and I hope it applies to our community at large.”

“I want this song in the hands of every young queer person, in fact every person who has not yet found the place where they belong.  It’s for anyone who has had to look outside of their own back yard to find a place where they are seen for who they truly are.”

You can download/stream the track here. Spotify has included the song as part of their Out Now playlist featuring the newest songs from LGBTQ artists.

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The Latest From Singer/Songwriter Miki Ratsula Is “second” To None

Out singer/songwriter Miki Ratsula releases their new single "second"
Out singer/songwriter Miki Ratsula releases their new single "second"
Miki Ratsula (photo: Ashley Osborn)

Out singer/songwriter Miki Ratsula releases their imminently listenable new single and music video, “second,” which explores their anxiety around getting top surgery, and their fear that their long-time girlfriend would no longer love them.

The So-Cal based Finnish American artist, who identifies as non-binary, has built a loyal following by openly and honestly welcoming people into their world, using their platform to candidly document their life, from coming out to getting top surgery just a couple months ago.

Miki’s girlfriend, Hope, joins them in the tender and artfully crafted music video for “second.”

“I knew I wanted the video to represent queer bodies and relationships in the most authentic way,” says Ratsula. “Before getting my top surgery, I really wish I had seen more representation of what queer bodies can look like, and that they can be loved.”

That lack of representation can lead to all kinds of ruminating for young people trying to figure out who they are, and that’s reflected in the lyrics of “second.”

All I do is question my reflection
I’m obsessed with second guessing
But you don’t for a second

Whatever you see, I’m glad that you do
I hope that one day I’ll see it too
You’ve been so patient, as long as you’re waiting
I think we’ll get there together
I just wanna love myself so I can love you better
I just wanna love myself so I can love you better

The guitar-driven mid-tempo is sonically soothing with an tender undercurrent of brimming emotion as Ratsula’s intimate vocals draw the listener in closer and closer.

The video, directed by Evers Pund, plays on an innately human scale capturing moments between Ratsula and Hope touching, laughing, and living in the moment. The interplay between the couple subtly moves from indoors and shadows to eventually coming out of the dark into the light reflecting part of the artist’s journey to here.

Oh, and there’s an asteroid heading for Earth, but we’ll have to see how that plays out.

Check out my chat with the talented singer/songwriter about the new single, Pride Month and more after you hit play. I really liked “second” the moment I heard it.

The Randy Report: Congratulations on your new song “second.” What was the inspiration for the song, and the meaning behind the title?

Miki Ratsula: Thank you so much! I came out as non-binary last year and right after I decided to pursue getting top surgery I wrote down the line “I just wanna love myself so I can love you better.” I had a lot of anxiety revolving around the surgery and worrying about whether it would negatively affect my relationships.

I wrote the song later that year expanding on that original line, and exploring those thoughts about losing my partner, but knowing that she’d stay by side through it all. The title comes from the line “I’m obsessed with second guessing but you don’t for a second.” While I’m all in my head thinking the worst, she’s always there reminding me of how loved I am.

TRR: Musically, “second” draws us in – it doesn’t hit us over the head. Did you go into the song knowing you wanted a particular sound/feel/texture?

MR: As soon as the song was written I hopped straight into working on the production. I knew I wanted it to stay relatively simple so that the lyrics can be the focal point.

Lyrically, the song starts in a darker place and as I sing and expand on those darker thoughts, the lyrics start to brighten up a bit. I think it represents exactly what my thought process was like.

I wanted the music to also follow the emotions of the lyrics, which is why it’s complemented by relatively darker tones. But at the end of the song when you can sense the breath of fresh air I finally have, my girlfriend is actually singing along with me. We literally come together at the end of the song.

TRR: Regarding the end of the music video, we now know where you want to be when the world ends I guess…? 🙂

MR: We had a pretty good sense of how we wanted the music video to look, but the director we worked with, Evers Pund, came up with the genius idea to add a parallel “end of the world” storyline with the comet.

For me, the end of the world in this video actually represents a new beginning to a life where I love myself and can be better person for the people I love. The comet represents the death of my self hatred. The end of the video also highlights the idea that my girlfriend is there for me for everything, even when the world is ending.

TRR: You shared on Instagram last summer that the pronouns thing was still a scary thing for you. I think that’s important for people to understand it’s not as simple as just saying  he/him, she/her, they/them…

MR: Yeah it was a really scary thing for me because I was so worried to be a burden to other people and to feel like I was adding more stress to people. I realized soon after though that living my truth shouldn’t be a burden to others and they shouldn’t make me feel like I am.

I still face adversity with my pronouns, even in the music industry. But it’s just made it more clear on who I really want to be working with. I wish people could take a step back and realize how genuinely easy it is to respect people’s pronouns. It takes more effort to be ignorant and to make a mockery of us than to just use the correct ones.

TRR: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

MR: My therapist told me “someone else’s urgency is not your emergency”.

TRR: It’s Pride Month – what does that mean to you?

MR: It means representation and resilience. I’ve had too many cis straight people tell me I’m too openly queer. Pride is a time for me to push back even harder on that ideology and unapologetically share my experience and queer body.

I truly just want to be the artist I needed growing up. I hope that by me sharing my truth it can help other queer people to feel valid, as younger me would’ve very much needed.

You can stream/download “second” here, and you can follow Miki Ratsula on Instagram here.

Out Music: EVVAN “I’m Not Done Yet”

EVVAN in ‘I’m Not Done Yet’ (photo: Chris Basford)

Alt-folk singer-songwriter EVVAN drops the new single and music video, “I’m Not Done Yet,” an anthem born from a yearning to come out.

Directed by ​Chris Basford​, the video depicts EVVAN journeying through a black and white world, void of uniqueness and individuality. Fighting through adversaries both internal and external, she holds tight to the mantra, “I’m Not Done Yet,” until her world bursts open with color.

The guitar-driven track ebbs and flows amid top-shelf production as EVVAN’s poignant vocals turn from melancholy yearning to primal defiance

“I’m really hoping it’ll reach the people who need to hear it most. I know I wish I had something like this when I was younger,” says EVVAN, who identifies as pansexual and non-binary. “I put links to some websites in the description of the video for anyone who is struggling with their sexuality/gender identity.”

I recently had a chance to chat with EVVAN about the new song, the empowering message of the music video, creativity, and more.

The Randy Report: Congratulations on the new single! What inspired you to write “I’m Not Done Yet?” (Put another way – was there a specific incident or episode that sparked the idea or was it a gradual evolution?)

EVVAN: Thank you! I’m so excited for it to finally be out in the world. In some ways this song was a gradual evolution. The phrases I used for what “they say” were phrases I’d been hearing for years. I started writing them down and one day when I sat playing around on the guitar, I came across these phrases I wrote down and that gradual evolution quickly became a full song I wrote in minutes.

TRR: When it comes to songwriting, which comes first – lyrics or music? (Or – can you share a bit about your creative process?)

EVVAN: This question is always so difficult for me to answer. I find that each song comes to me differently. I can write something from one word or feel an emotion and start there, but sometimes I will hear a melody in my head and that will set the stage for what I’m about to write. I like to go with the flow and not overthink when I write, just let it all come out however it wants to.

EVVAN in 'I'm Not Done Yet' (photo: Chris Basford)
EVVAN in ‘I’m Not Done Yet’ (photo: Chris Basford)

TRR: How did you come up with the concept for the music video? Besides bringing the music to visual form, is there a message you’d like the viewer to get? I love that the struggle in the video results in bringing color to your world.

EVVAN: That’s exactly the idea we were going for! I kept imagining a world of black and white representing the lack of uniqueness and the inability to show your individuality, so I brought this idea to my director, Chris Basford, and he loved it. We wanted this to come alive through the video and show the protagonist fighting through both internal and external demons to the point where that motto of “I’m Not Done Yet” finally sticks and at the end they’re able to burst wide open with all the colors they’re made up of.

My hope is if there is a viewer struggling with coming out and accepting who they are, they’ll see this and know they’re not alone. It’s possible to overcome your demons. No matter who tries to tear you down, you’ll always carry your true self with you and they can’t take that away.

TRR: Who has had the biggest influence on your music and why?

EVVAN: My music is influenced by so many different artists and bands, but I think Fleetwood Mac and Foy Vance would be the biggest ones. I’m such a sucker for harmonies and when I first heard Fleetwood Mac, I was immediately seduced by the sounds they created and wanted to bring that aspect into my own sound.

With Foy Vance, he is a pure storyteller and a brilliant one at that. I remember when his album, Joy of Nothing, came out, I had it on repeat and dissected every single line he sang. Hearing the way he told his stories and allowed the music to color his words inspired me to aspire to do the same.

Cover art for the upcoming EP, Home
Cover art for upcoming EP, Home, scheduled for release April 30

TRR: If you could collaborate with any artist right now, who would that be?

EVVAN: I think I’d like to collaborate with Brandi Carlile. This answer changes a lot, but in this moment I would love to experience her process in writing and see up close the power and emotion she brings to whichever project she’s working on. Having her talent and passion on a song would be a dream.

TRR: What was the biggest thing you learned about yourself in coming out?

EVVAN: I would say the biggest thing I learned is how to be carefree. For so many years I felt like a fraud and hid away who I truly was and wanted to be. I got so good at it, too. Friends never knew my struggle, my family didn’t know what was going on, everyone was ignorant to the pain I was unconsciously putting myself through.

On the outside, I looked like this happy and healthy girl living her best life. On the inside, I’d cringe at the word girl and ask myself why. I’d second-guess everything about myself and continuously wonder why I felt like a stranger in my own skin. I worked on finding who I am and when I finally figured that out, I worked on finding the confidence to be that person.

I’m still learning about what being my most authentic self means and I think I’ll continue to discover bits about myself, but after coming out, I’ve found I care less about what society says or thinks and more about what pair of goofy socks match the pair of “men’s” corduroys I just bought.

EVVAN (photo: Ryan B)

TRR: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

EVVAN: “Live in the moment.” When I first heard this advice, I thought to myself, “Well, easier said than done.” It took me a while, but eventually this became my mantra.

I think we’re so quick to look into the future and worry about everything that needs to get done, but we don’t always have control of the future. It’s easy to fall into the past and dredge up our mistakes, but we can’t fix the “what ifs” and the “could have beens”.

Living in the moment allows you to be present and appreciate what you have in front of you, especially the little things. I relate it to taking a photo. You have a perfect shot set up of a sunset, but if you wait too long dwelling on the details of what’ll make it perfect, focusing on what caption you’ll use when you post it, thinking about how you’ll edit it to make the colors pop, the sun will go down and you’ll miss your chance.

Life is precious and unpredictable, and you shouldn’t let it pass you by. Make peace with your past, give yourself a little time to plan for your future, but for the rest of it, live in the moment and experience what’s in front of you.

EVVAN in 'I'm Not Done Yet' - photo: Chris Basford
EVVAN in ‘I’m Not Done Yet’ (photo: Chris Basford)

“I’m Not Done Yet” is available now – click here to stream/download.

Click here to pre-save EVVAN’s upcoming EP, Home, scheduled for release on April 30.

You can follow EVVAN on Instagram here.

 

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Out Music: Angel Baribeau ‘Wish We Were Older’

(screen capture from 'Wish We Were Older')
(screen capture from 'Wish We Were Older')
(screen capture from ‘Wish We Were Older’)

Queer, non-binary, Indigenous pop singer/songwriter Angel Baribeau – based in Cree Nation of Mistissini, Quebec – tells a tale of love and loss passed to the next generation in this, their newest video for “Wish We Were Older” — available now.

Depicting an elderly woman reminiscing with visual memories about her past, the snapshots weave through love and loss and illustrate an uplifting timeline of her life as a queer woman.

The pop track bursts with the exuberance of youthful impatience and yearning as Baribeau’s bright, upbeat vocals surge like a dopamine rush.

I want you, and I want you tonight
I’ll love you for the rest of my life
I can’t wait for the day to arrive
We all want to be younger but I wish we were older
I wish we were older

“This music video will be a recounting of a lifetime of true love between an elderly 2 spirit Indigenous couple,” director Patrick Shannon shares of the video’s scope. It shows “the challenges, the joy, the raising of a family in a community where that isn’t common. It’s somber, but beautiful — and a reminder that everyone can find love and bring beauty into this world.”

Angel Baribeau (photo: Sukhdev Benning)

“Working with an all-Indigenous cast for this video is an incredibly proud moment for me,” Baribeau continues. “I often talk about the importance of Indigenous and Queer representation, and this video is my hope for continuously providing that for Indigenous and Queer youth.”

“It’s important to see yourself in the world, and to have an image reflected back at you that accurately represents you,” says Baribeau. “To see that positive imagery is fundamental to a child; at least, it was to me.”

“If you don’t see yourself in the world, you might come to question whether your existence is valid,” Baribeau added. “I felt this way for many years while growing up and it was only when I saw more folks like me I realized it’s okay for me to take up space.”

For more info head over to Angel’s official website here.

News Round-Up: August 24, 2020

InstaHunk Petr Hollesch (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: I think what drew me to this photo of Czech fitness guy Petr Hollesch was his chill, subdued demeanor 🙂 Follow him on Instagram here.

Global News: Vancouver police are recommending charges of aggravated assault after a confrontation downtown Saturday that left a man with a broken leg. In a series of tweets, Sportsnet 650 host Justin Morissette said he “stood up to anti-gay evangelical bullies in the West End … and they purposely broke my leg for the trouble.”

Instinct Magazine: JLo recently released the trailer for the short film, Draw With Me. The film introduces the world to the pop star’s nibling, a non-binary term for a family member, Brendon Scholl. Scholl is the 19-year-old child of Jennifer’s sister, Leslie Lopez.

CNN: A California Superior Court judge has ordered Donald Trump to pay $44,100 to Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, to reimburse her attorneys’ fees in the legal battle surrounding her nondisclosure agreement. Clifford, an adult-film actress, went public in January 2018 with the news she had an affair with Trump from 2006 to 2007.

NY Times: Trump administration officials told congressional leaders last month they would probably give emergency approval to a coronavirus vaccine before the end of Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States, perhaps as early as late September. The move would be highly unusual and would most likely raise concerns about whether the administration is cutting corners on approvals for political purposes.

HBO: David Byrne’s critically acclaimed Broadway show American Utopia comes to HBO beginning October 17 in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee.

Recorded during its run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, David Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount.

News Round-Up: January 3, 2019

Anyone got that 'post-holiday bloat?' I love this artist (above) on Instagram. Goes by the moniker Silverjow and his art has so much character and humor. I'm looking to interview him soon. Check out his stuff here.
Holiday weight gain I can get behind…

Some news items you might have missed:

• Anyone got that ‘post-holiday bloat?’ I love this artist (above) on Instagram. Goes by the moniker Silverjow and his art has so much character and humor. I’m looking to interview him soon. Check out his stuff here.

• Day one of the new Congress, Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia proudly displayed the transgender flag outside her office on Capitol Hill.

• Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was sworn in today as the first openly bisexual senator in US history. I’m totally not being sexist here, but can we get an ‘amen’ for her awesome swearing in outfit??? #smokin

• The CW has given the green light to a pilot for Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose as the out lesbian crimefighter.

• Comedian Kevin Hart is scheduled to appear on ELLEN this coming Monday, most probably as part of his apology tour for homophobic tweets that led to his stepping down as host for the upcoming Academy Awards.

• New York City now offers a non-binary option on birth certificates. Additionally, New Yorkers will no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their gender on their birth certificate.

• After folks questioned whether Madonna had gotten butt implants (thanks to photos from her New Year’s Eve appearance at the Stonewall Inn), Madge took to Instagram to take a swipe at the rumors riffing on her hit 1985 movie: “Desperately Seeking No Ones Approval.”