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MNEK wishes there were more openly gay artists in music

MNEK is looking forward to the day there are more "out" LGBTQ+ artists in music. 

The Enlgish producer and singer-songwriter, whose writing and production credits include Beyoncé, MadonnaKylie MinogueDua Lipa, Stormzy, Zara LarssonNaughty BoyJulia Michaels and Little Mix, believes that although the industry is more accepting than ever of gay artists, he's hoping one day everyone in the spotlight will able to speak openly about their sexuality, like he and his pals Olly Alexander and Troye Sivan.

In an interview with ShortList Magazine, the 23-year-old said: "Yes, there are obviously progressive people such as myself, Olly [Alexander] and Troye [Sivan], but everyone's coming out story is different. 

"Everyone's journey as a gay man or woman is different; it's personal. We want there to be an influx of people who suddenly feel more comfortable being themselves."

The "Colour" singer believes that he is among one of a small few people in the music industry who are blatant about their sexuality, saying: "In reality everyone is different, so it will be different rates, with different people, in different families. Whether someone comes out or not depends on that."

He also believes that there is space in the music world for more gay artists of color, adding: "The industry has always been accepting of gay artists, but a particular thing for me is to see gay artists of colour. 

"I'm very thankful to be next to people such as Olly and Troy because I really love them, I'm friends with them they're both white.

"It's a different land it's a different experience and its different perception from the public. From my point of view, there's a lot of work to do- and that's what I want to do." 

On being a figurehead in the LGBTQ+ community, MNEK said: "I don't feel pressure I think there's fun to have. 

"And I want to show that being gay and of colour doesn't have to be a sob story all the time. It can actually be really jokes and empowering."

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