Will Young’s Brave Man

Play me the Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy video and my guts flip. I’m back in 1984 and I’m afraid. I wanna run. My sexuality is confusing the hell out of me and I don’t know where to turn. I know the only thing for it is to summon some bravery from somewhere but the isolation I feel is crippling me. This week those emotions returned as I watched the video for Will Youngs’s new single Brave Man. Will’s explanation of the thinking behind the video and his desire to bring the strength and vulnerability of being trans to the media’s front page. Directed by Wiz, starring Finn Colyer and delivered by Brighton’s own Fox Fisher from My Genderation alongside Lewis Hancox, Brave Man is a powerful examination of gender variance, sat proudly in the glare of the mainstream media. And for a lass who all those years ago felt she would never fit, it is a reminder of how far we have to go to until all those are free to be themselves. Will, Finn, Fox and Co I salute you.