Ireland’s overwhelming embrace of marriage equality was the ultimate launch of the summer Pride season. Now Stewart Taylor’s “Liberation” gives Pride an anthem and every kid ever bullied, a voice!
“I was walking through the halls everyday in middle school and [kids from] every single grade were screaming words like “faggot” and other obscenities. And then I would go home and have people on the Internet harassing me and sending me threatening messages,” Stewart Taylor revealed in an interview on Berklee Groove.
Taylor found refuge: “If I didn’t have my music, my songwriting, and the shows that I was in, I don’t know if I would’ve necessarily made it through,” he states.
He found more than refuge, he found, quite literally, his voice. Queer Me Up notes others, such a Lady Gaga and American Idol judge/Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi as his fans.
Infused with the look and feel of ‘80’s pop, “Liberation” is an anthem not just of anti-bullying, but of the power of coming out and the self-acceptance it brings. Gentleman … to the dance floor.
While on Facebook, he shares his “channeling Freddy Mercury” picture from a recent concert.
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— Stewart Taylor (@1980Stew) April 28, 2015