YouTube sensation-turned-pop singer Troye Sivan wants “every LGBT kid” to know they can follow their dreams.
While accepting a Song of the Year award for his hit “Youth” from the Australian Recording Industry Association, Sivan gave a moving speech: “This is for every gay Australian kid who wants to make music, you can do it and win an ARIA too.”
Later in the show, the 21-year-old star was given a shoutout by Kylie Minogue – who was advocating for marriage equality.
Speaking with journalists, Sivan admits the spotlight can be a lot to handle. “It freaks me out sometimes, it’s a lot of pressure,” he says. “[But] It would be irresponsible of me to not do my best to embrace it as much as I can.”
And with Australia struggling to legalize same-sex marriage, the Perth-raised singer knows he has a wonderful opportunity. “I’ve been so blessed to have such an amazing platform to talk to so many people and I’m going use it every single second to talk about the things that I think are really important, and fight for the causes that I think are important,” he says. “To me, it feels like it’s no longer an issue of the people and just an issue for politicians.”