Hey folks I can't stop thinking about Orlando.
All the articles mentioning "terrorism" and "Islamic extremism" are making me sad and angry.
It's becoming clear that this terrible act was done by a gay man who hated that part of himself so much that it drove him to hatefully murder other members of the same community. Maybe he postured it as connected to his faith but it seems like that was only to hide his shame about his true nature.
There is so much pain in this story.
I think of the 49 beautiful sons, daughters, brothers and sisters who were simply trying to navigate their own loves and lives, in a place they felt free to be themselves. They were punished for gathering under the banner of their love, in a safe space, away from a society that has never fully embraced or legitimised them.
I think of the young man with generations of internalised homophobia and self-loathing, who had apparently never been given a way to understand or appreciate his own longing. Who perhaps never found a place within his own faith to fully comprehend it.
I think of the political leaders and media corporations who are capitalising on the sensationalism of the story. Who have ignored the LGBT community and have seized the opportunity to spread more hate and fear about "others”.
I think of the Tasmanian senator who thought it was appropriate to push a religious, political agenda about an entire community who were reeling in shock and grief. I think of all the good Christian families who will endorse that behaviour with a vote because they don’t know any better.
I think of all my Christian brothers and sisters who have sat largely silent - mostly out of utter confusion and a lack of knowing what to say. It makes me sad that my own faith tradition hasn’t done a good job of helping us understand ourselves and these things.
I don't know why I'm writing other than that I feel compelled to keep the conversation going. Some of us have the privilege of being an influence in someone's life and if that's me then I want to use that privilege well.
Somehow the world keeps getting more divided and subdivided. Man, woman, gay, straight, rich, poor, white, black, brown, muslim, christian, us, them, me, you...
There’s a great paradox at work too because your instinct is to say “but we are all the same - there is no difference!”.
Those words sound helpful, but they can actually undermine a person’s uniqueness. You can’t look at someone with a different skin colour or sexual orientation and tell them you are the same. Of course your worth is the same, but the world doesn’t treat you the same and we can’t rob a person of their experiences, and, in these times, their right to grieve.
We don't all know what it means to be a woman on a college campus at night, or a black man being pulled over by the police, or how it feels to wear a headscarf on a busy train, a turban on a full plane, or hold hands with a person you love and have people hurl hate at you. These are not all your experiences but each of them are someone's.
And so maybe that’s where we can start. Maybe we can learn to take time with people who are the "other" to us and really listen to them. Really see them. Really love them. Give them the opportunity to be themselves with no expectation.
Anyway. Sorry this has nothing to do with my music, but if it makes at least one of you want to go and open up your heart to someone you don’t understand then it’s worth it.
Love you guys and please, please look after each other.
Demi Lovato showing us how it's done using just your #voice
I got to play Songbird on a grand piano by the Harbour Bridge thanks to GRAZIA Australia and it just went live on their site!
Last night I played the final show of my Aussie tour and it was pretty damn special.
I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who came out across all the shows and also to all the wonderful and talented performers who opened for me around the country.
I really hope I can come back to each city and do it all again with my band!!
Here's a photo of the incredible Missy Higgins joining me for last night's performance of This Is On Me.
Love you all and see you soon.
So I co-wrote a track with my friend @Wafiaaa and then she, @TakuBeats and @andrei__eremin made it something amazing m.soundcloud.com/futureclassic/…
My album has finally been released in Europe????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Here I am having my first experience of seeing it in a record store (Amoeba Music) and now it's available worldwide!!!!
Thanks everyone and please if you're hearing it for the first time let me know what you think????????
Sup Twitter land! I am both terrified and excited to introduce you to my album with Speak.
Hope you like :)