Halsey's Kingdom Creates A Safe Space For All

Halsey's Kingdom Creates A Safe Space For All

These are the moments and events that I cherish while using them to remind myself that there is a whole community dedicated to spreading love and acceptance.
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Within the last five years, many people within the spotlight have come forward to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community; many have even come out and shared their own stories.

As the support and love continue to increase, safe spaces are beginning to form. A safe space, according to Google, is where “people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm.”

Musicians, especially, are using their concerts as a place where this type of environment can be established; individuals within the crowd can be themselves and exist without the fear of harsh judgment. These spaces, that are filled with encouragement and endless love, are a rare occurrence in today’s society.

Halsey is one artist that has always succeeded in creating safe spaces for all individuals; an atmosphere in which diversity is embraced and safety is a priority.

She’s both a member and major ally of the LGBTQ+ community which is evident in her music, creative visuals, and even her social media presence. Halsey isn’t afraid to stand up to individuals who try to demonize her for loving and encouraging this community; she shuts them down every time. She’s one of the many fearless performers who use their platform to educate others and show LGBTQ+ youth that their identities are valid.

Halsey has now taken this message and her safe space on the road.

She is currently on the first installment of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour and I got to attended her Austin, Texas show on October 27th. I have been a huge fan of hers for a few years and so, naturally, I was ready to lose my voice from screaming every song.

Going in, I already knew what to expect: an incredible concert surrounded by beautiful people. But what I experienced was more than I could’ve ever imagined, as cliche as it may sound. The overall atmosphere was energetic throughout the show and I could feel the love within the venue; whether it was the love of life, another person, or self-love. The emotional aspect of this show escalated right before her song, “Strangers,” featuring Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony.

Halsey asked the crowd, “Who’s a member of the LGBT community? Who’s a proud friend or family member?”

The venue erupted into excited heart-felt screams. She continued by stating, “This is a safe place; this tour was created for you.” As she said this, I felt chills all over my body; I was taken aback by the realization that I genuinely was in a safe space.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I felt comfortable which is a rare feeling.

I was attending the show with my girlfriend and for once I wasn’t scared to kiss her cheek or put my arm around her; I knew that if someone were to spew their hate at us that there would be ten times as many people ready to defend us. This feeling of comfort made the concert one of the most magical nights I have ever experienced.

These are the moments and events that I cherish while using them to remind myself that there is a whole community dedicated to spreading love and acceptance.

The importance of safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth is essential in today’s society. With the current political climate and the increase in social hate and prejudice, finding a place to fearlessly express yourself without fear of judgment is hard to come by.

Events and places where people can bond over the topic at hand, whether it be music, movie or a support group, aids in creating community. Music and various art forms have always been a tool to cope with situations and an avenue of escape for most people.

Moments of comfort and safety will be a daily reality in the future for LGBTQ+ individuals through the resilience of the community and the messages of acceptance that they continue to spread.

Cover Image Credit: Kristin Roman

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15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."
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Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

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'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is The Must-See And Must-Hear Movie Of 2018

If you haven't yet seen the new Queen movie, when you do, you definitely won't regret it.

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"Bohemian Rhapsody" was hands down one of the best movies we have seen in a long time.

Focused on the life of Freddie Mercury and his career as the lead singer of the well-known rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody paid a great tribute to the late singer. Rami Malek plays Freddie with extreme talent, there wasn't one moment throughout the movie that I thought anyone else could've played the part.

If you don't know who Rami Malek is, this was not his first movie, he played in the Twilight Saga's "Breaking Dawn" (parts one and two) and also in multiple "Night at the Museum" movies. Also featured in the movie were Mike Meyers, and Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey's" Tom Branson).

It cannot be said that Rami didn't channel Freddie's personality.

The actor and the movie itself did a great job as portraying Freddie as the legend he truly was. It walked us through a brief mention of Freddie's humble upbringing as Farrokh Bulsara and the very beginnings of Queen, to the Live Aid concert at the Wembley Stadium in London six years before his passing. Watching the movie, you feel all of the emotion, the confusion, the love, the eccentric personality of Mercury, and the sense of family the band really had despite disagreements they had throughout their career.

Of course, I wasn't even born when Queen was performing, so in a way, I feel it might not have affected me emotionally quite as much as the way it affected many others in the theater. With laughter, tears, and even clapping, we were all engulfed in the life and career of Freddie Mercury.

Although some things may have been a little more dramatized or even underplayed, such as Freddie's sexuality, relationships, and the other band members' lives it was a great movie. In my opinion, even without those aspects, you could still relate and feel what Freddie was feeling, it did touch on a few relationships, however, this was not the focus of the movie and I don't feel it needed to be.

While the "Tomatometer" on Rotten Tomatoes only gave the movie a 60%, the "Audience Score," shows that 94% rated the movie with a score of 3.5 stars or higher. Some people who left reviews on IMDB felt the movie should have shown more of Freddie's life after Live Aid, and another review of only 3/10 stars claimed, "This move comes off like a LIFETIME film and not a serious Queen or Freddy Mercury Biopic for the big screen." Despite reviews such as this where people claimed to be disappointed, from the 55,071 user ratings, the movie earned an 8.4/10.

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