In New Interview, Harry Styles Explains Support for LGBTQ People

Wednesday August 28, 2019

Harry Styles has been a vocal support of his LGBTQ fans and a bit coy when it comes to his own sexuality. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the former One Direction singer explains why he's waved rainbow Pride flags at his concerts and been an outspoken ally.

The "Sign of the Times" singer said he likes to "cultivate an aura of sexual ambiguity" such as painting his nails pink. Rolling Stone writes he's "dated women throughout his life as a public figure, yet he has consistently refused to put any kind of label on his sexuality."

"On his first solo tour, he frequently waved the pride, bi, and trans flags, along with the Black Lives Matter flag," the magazine writes. "In Philly, he waved a rainbow flag he borrowed from a fan up front: 'Make America Gay Again.' One of the live fan favorites: "Medicine," a guitar jam that sounds a bit like the Grateful Dead circa Europe '72, but with a flamboyantly pansexual hook: 'The boys and girls are in/I mess around with them/And I'm OK with it.'"

Speaking about it, Styles told Rolling Stone he wants "to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be."

"Maybe at a show you can have a moment of knowing that you're not alone," the "Dunkirk" actor said. "I'm aware that as a white male, I don't go through the same things as a lot of the people that come to the shows.

"I can't claim that I know what it's like, because I don't. So I'm not trying to say, 'I understand what it's like.' I'm just trying to make people feel included and seen," Styles added.

LGBTQ rights isn't the only cause Styles has championed. Rolling Stone notes the singer has had an End Gun Violence sticker on his guitar and later added a Black Lives Matter sticker.

"It's not about me trying to champion the cause, because I'm not the person to do that. It's just about not ignoring it, I guess," he said. "I was a little nervous to do that because the last thing I wanted was for it to feel like I was saying, 'Look at me! I'm the good guy!' I didn't want anyone who was really involved in the movement to think, 'What the fuck do you know?'

"But then when I did it, I realized people got it. Everyone in that room is on the same page and everyone knows what I stand for," Styles told the magazine. "I'm not saying I understand how it feels. I'm just trying to say, 'I see you.'"

The singer's issue comes out next month. Click here to read the full piece.

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