Growing up queer in a cultural landscape that's anything but involves a lot of reading between the lines and crossing gendered boundaries to see yourself reflected in the media you consume. Tegan and Sara bring those imagined margins to the fore in their new music video for "Faint of Heart," which features a bunch of familiar, young LGBTQ faces glammed up in the style of their pop star faves.
The clip, directed by Devon Kirkpatrick, finds writer Tyler Ford, actor Olabisi Kovabel, Ella Giselle from I Am Cait, and about a half dozen other young queer, trans, and non-binary people lip-syncing onstage to musicians like Prince, Grace Jones, Madonna, and more. Identical twin sister act Tegan and Sara Quin stay out of the spotlight for most of the video for the Love You to Death track, save for a couple shots of them cheering the younger performers on from the audience.
"To be able to meet so many people from the LGBTQ community who are doing such important work was an honor and an added bonus to making this video," Tegan told Teen Vogue. "[We] chose not to be in the video…as a way to truly showcase the talented performers and not overshadow them in any way. We knew we had a special opportunity to highlight these artists and didn't want to take away from them or their performances."
Filming for the "Faint of Heart" video carried additional emotional resonance for the clip's stars. According to Teen Vogue, Tegan and Sara shot the video the day after the June 12 shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, which left 49 people—most of them LGBTQ Latinxs and people of color—dead.
"Working with other trans and gender non-conforming folks fills my heart up, and the fact that LGBTQ youth will be able to see possibilities for themselves in this video is so vital," Tyler Ford, who channels Purple Rain-era Prince in the video, told Teen Vogue. "[B]eing on set with so many LGBTQ folks—especially the day after the Pulse shooting—was so necessary, nurturing, affirming, and healing. It's so important to be able to create with and within our communities."
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