AwareNow: Issuu 17: The United Edition

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“Don't be afraid to be lonely.”

Allié: Happy PRIDE Month, Matty! To all members of the LGBTQ+ community and all allies in support of the progress that’s been made, yet aware of the progress still needed, is there a message of your own you’d like to share?

Matty: Definitely. I think that we are in such a pivotal time in world history. Now more than ever, it’s important to embrace yourself for who you are.I think that Pride month can also come with a lot of loneliness for a lot of people because they expect that they need to be a certain way. It may be a kid in the rural part of America who can't celebrate Pride month, who listens to those records and goes on the internet to tweet and have those communities online. Even to the kids who may be in Brooklyn or the adults in Brooklyn who are celebrating, maybe even 60-years-old, that are just now starting to come to terms with who they are. I think that just always remember that your own self-love will never reflect poorly on to anybody else and your own self-love and validation is in some ways the most important relationship you're going to have. So, don't be afraid to be lonely. Don't be afraid to explore why you're lonely or why you're upset. Explore the traumas that may have been afflicted upon you in your lifetime so that you can go and be authentic. Be the most loving version of yourself to all the other people around you. Know that there’s no right way to be gay, or trans, or non-binary. Just being you is enough and also so needed.

Allié: I love that. And again, how you say that ‘self-love’ is so important, but that ‘self-validation’ is needed so you don't need an external element to validate you.

Matty: Yeah, I think it's just as important. It’s funny because ‘Nu Eyes’ is very much about that. It’s that same strain of emotion where it reads like a lot of self empowerment anthems, without trying to. It’s just genuinely how I feel. When you are disregarded by everybody and when friends leave out of your life or you lose that job or you lose that place to live. The only thing you have control of is how you view yourself and going internally to making those calls to say “I'm not going to give up on myself. I'm going to be the one to rise above it and come out on top because I'm doing it for myself and for no one else.” I think that a lot of people need to hear that this sometimes. ∎

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