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Listen to F. Virtue's Unapologetic 'Nowadays It's So Cool To Be Gay'

Photography by Mateus Porto (@orograph)
Photography by Mateus Porto (@orograph)

His new work explores existential themes through an unabashedly queer lens.

NYC queer rapper F. Virtue is back with a new single of homosexual empowerment, "Nowadays It's So Cool To Be Gay (I Smile With Blood In My Teeth)."

The song features verses from ballroom legend Rozay LaBeija of the Legendary House of LaBeija. F. Virtue also appears on LaBeija's new album Alchemy, out now via FUTUREHOOD.

"Nowadays It's So Cool To Be Gay" opens with lines about being proud to bottom despite it being seen as less masculine, F. Virtue's experiences getting beaten up for holding hands with boys and subsequently defending himself, as well as gay posturing and appropriation.

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"I wanted to address the plethora of mainstream musicians claiming their place in the LGBTQ+ community when it, at times, not always, it is used for their own press and not actually bettering the community or representing something real that so many of us have to struggle through," the artist tells us. "Of course any visibility is positive, but it's important to question the motives. Kissing someone of the same sex once at a party isn't going through the LGBTQ+ experience. Facts are facts."

The single is off of F. Virtue's forthcoming new album, Millenial Love During WWIII. Take a listen below:

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