Six of the best never felt so good

James Barr has the mu­si­cal cure for when the fes­tiv­i­ties get a bit too much

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Many of us can ex­pect a lot of awk­ward con­ver­sa­tions when vis­it­ing our happy het­ero­sex­ual rel­a­tives this Christ­mas. “Do you have a girl­friend yet?” or “What do you think of Brexit?” Maybe even: “Why does your t- shirt say Dom Top?” Some­times you just need a con­nec­tion to your queer life, so here are six joy­ful and tri­umphant gays to save us from scrolling through East­bourne’s “off er­ings” on Grindr dur­ing the Queen’s speech.

LA elec­tronic pro­ducer, art dis­rupter and an­i­ma­tor

nicopop’s fresh new track Be­low the Ceil­ing feels like liv­ing in­side An­drew Haigh’s iconic movie Week­end. It’s the per­fect es­cape from re­al­ity. Check out his clap- back to a cheat­ing boyfriend on Ele­phant too! With cuts like these, he’s well on his way to be­com­ing a gay pop icon.

If you’ve had lots of gay re­la­tion­ships that start with ev­ery­thing and lead to noth­ing ( I can re­late), lis­ten to out LA elec­tronic singer

Jordy. Just Friends is a huge “bye Feli­cia!” to that guy who’s afraid to com­mit.

Gay con­ver­sion ther­apy movie Boy Erased should hit UK cin­e­mas in Fe­bru­ary, but we’ve al­ready been blessed by Troye Si­van’s sound­track of­fer­ing Rev­e­la­tion, a beau­ti­ful, lib­er­at­ing re­minder of how per­fect and pre­cious we are. If you feel frag­ile or alone this Christ­mas, Troye will save you. As for the film it­self, hope­fully it will help erase this harm­ful and evil prac­tice from so­ci­ety for ever.

Lau­ren Jau­regui’s first sin­gle since leav­ing Fifth Har­mony de­serves some se­ri­ous re­spect. Our bi­sex­ual sis just threw down a se­ri­ously de­fi­ant slow jam in the form of Ex­pec­ta­tions, and it’s a diss at blue tick f * ck­boys!

Mean­while, 23- year- old Lon­don singer Ryan Ash­ley has so much soul he’s ba­si­cally the Queer Miguel. Chest, Shame and his lat­est sin­gle Care for You are all beau­ti­fully crafted pop mas­ter­pieces per­fect for a chilled Christ­mas.

And Van­cou­ver- based Austin Neufeld is su­per up and com­ing, and his tranced- out heartache an­them Haunt­ing fights the pain of a visit from the Ghost of Christ­mas Past and you’ll love it. Yep, girl got ghosted.

Fi­nally, cel­e­brate the end of Twenty- GayTeen with our “Al­bums of the Queer” from Troye ( yes, again), Years & Years and MNEK.

Happy Holi­gays. Love, James x

Troye Si­van

nicopop

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