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'Take Me to Church' Singer Hozier Speaks Out for Marriage Equality in New Video: WATCH

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Irish singer-songwriter Hozier speaks up for marriage equality, urging people to go to the polls on May 22 and approve marriage equality in Ireland, in a new video for the 'Straight Up for Equality' campaign.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

As you may recall, Hozier's first video for "Take Me To Church" was a chilling commentary on anti-gay oppression in Russia. He steps up once again.

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Gay Man In Russia Defies Anti-LGBT Laws With Cover Of Hozier's 'Take Me To Church': VIDEO

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A gay man in Russia has defied the country’s draconian anti-gay laws by performing a cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” at a talent competition in small south western city Kursk, reports BreakingNews.

The song addresses the violence and bigotry suffered by LGBT citizens in Russia.

According to a post on Reddit, the man - identified only as Pedrinho - pointed towards his boyfriend when as he sang the line "I was born sick but I love it.”

Kursk RussiaReddit member Boxersaurus wrote:

"My friend, a Brazilian medical student here in Russia was born in an extremely Catholic family, his father is a Pastor, born into a church family, this song really speaks to him. He came out when he was 12 years old, and until now, his family never truly accepted him.

"Even when he turned 19 years old, he was still not sure and got into bouts of depression, his family never supporting him. This is really him trying to sing out his pain. He's not just gay and proud, he's just human. Wanting to tell the world that he's ok, and he's surviving.

"And, that he finally found someone he can sing his song of life to, my best friend who ended up dating him, who is Malaysian and was brought up in an extremely Buddhist family. In his case, only his mother knew about his sexuality and it pained his mother so much, she fell sick.

"According to Hozier, this song is about what it is to be a human, what it is to love someone as a human being, and organizations that would undermine that, and undermine the more natural parts of being a person.

"If you feel offended or disgusted by the image of two people kissing, if that's what it is, but you're more disgusted by that than the actual violence...I think you should take a look at your values, maybe.”

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Gay Country Star Steve Grand Speaks Up For Transgender Rights as New Album Drops: VIDEO

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In an interview with The Daily Beast, country music's first openly gay star Steve Grand talks about his just-released album, Lady Gaga and the need for gay people to offer support to the transgender community.

WhiskeycrimeSays Grand:

"...we can’t forget about the T in LGBT. I think now it’s our trans brothers and sisters that we really need to allow to take the lead. We need to listen to them and support them the way they have supported us all these years. I feel like they’ve put their needs, they’ve taken a backseat, to really help marriage equality come through and help people accept gay people better but that doesn’t necessarily help trans people. I think we need to be there to support them now. There’s a lot of issues that community faces that gay and lesbian people don’t have to face. There’s issues of what bathrooms they can go to and there’s blatant discrimination against them and even the way society thinks of gender is problematic for the way they see themselves and want to be seen by society. We have a long way to go. We’re really just beginning now so we really need to allow trans people to take the lead."

Grand, who catapulted to fame with the video for his 2013 country-inspired track “All-American Boy,” funded the album All-American Boy with a Kickstarter campaign that became the third most funded of all time with almost 5000 backers and $326,593 pledged.

The video for “All-American Boy” told the story of Grand’s character falling for and kissing his straight friend.

Listen to Grand's new single "Whiskey Crime",  AFTER THE JUMP...

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It's Time to Worship Ballet 'Bad Boy' Sergei Polunin in Hozier's 'Take Me to Church': VIDEO

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Back in 2013 we posted the video for a then unknown artist named Hozier called "Take Me To Church" which is a stunning commentary on anti-gay oppression.

A year and a half later, the song has become an international mega-hit (you saw Annie Lennox join Hozier last night at the Grammys) and we're being treated to a new dazzling video directed by David LaChapelle and featuring Ukrainian ballet "bad boy" Sergei Polunin.

Take a look, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mister Chase Covers Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' - VIDEO

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Last year we showed you Irish artist Hozier's music video called "Take Me To Church", which took a very stark, brutal look at the violence and bigotry enacted upon LGBT citizens, in Russia in particular. Artist Mister Chase was clearly touched by the piece, and in a statement to Towleroad Mister Chase told us the impact that his church had on him growing up, and how meaningful Hozier's song was to him:

I grew up in a fundamentalist Pentecostal church, where proselytizing men and women were sitting in every pew. Some of these are the same people that, amidst the barrage of advertising images and rush hour mayhem on the subway, they hand you a pamphlet on God or sin and how you will burn in hell. I’m sure many of you can relate. I was born into this God corporation.
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When I started to come out as gay I was taken to a room directly behind the altar where the board of the church - seven adults - doused me with holy water praying at me as if I were a demon. Scary shit. I was 13.
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So, when I heard Hozier’s song “Take Me To Church”, it touched me on a deeper level and I wanted to share it. Children should not be made to feel ashamed of themselves on any level, and LGBT kids in particular are easy targets.

Mister Chase made a studio cover of the song to share its message, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

And in related news, Hozier himself is helping bring marriage equality to Ireland - tweeting the below photo to his fans encouraging them to register to vote ahead of next year's referendum on same-sex marriage. 

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Hozier's Music Video 'Take Me to Church' is a Chilling Commentary on Anti-Gay Oppression: VIDEO

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Hozier is an upcoming artist from Dublin.

Check out his new clip "Take Me To Church", AFTER THE JUMP...

Ireland's State reports:

Directed by Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost, Hozier says the video “references the recent increase of organised attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea.”

You can download Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' EP here.

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