"Today’s media bombards us with negative images and ideas," says transgender recording artist Mila Jam. "I wanted to make a song that would force everyone to take a deeper look into our individual worlds and to recognize the beauty that we each offer to the world." Her new single, "Faces," does just that, written as a universial reminder for self-love, but especially within the LGBTQ community.
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Jam's accompanying music video is an inclusive compilation of faces, featuring many of today's leading queer voices: Unbreakable’s Titus Burgess, Laverne Cox, supermodel Geena Rocero, Candis Cayne, Drag Race’s Peppermint, Transparent’s Zackary Drucker and Trace Lysette, to name a few. Together, they lipsynch Jam's powerful words, opening the video with the phrase, "I belong."
The artist says "everyday people" inspired the treatment for "Faces," telling OUT she sees thousands of people everyday in her NYC home and wonders what they've all experienced. "What is their dilemma or struggle?" she says. "Is it finding someone to love them? Learning to love themselves? Our faces can completely hide us from the world or reveal everything we're feeling."
Releasing "Faces" on Interational Trans Visibility Day, Jam adds that "everyone needs to see a reflection of themselves. Trans people are no different and completely worthy—beyond worthy. Trans Day of Visibility is a way to say, 'We belong here, just like you.'"
Watch the OUT premiere of Mila Jam's "Faces," below.