Singer Troye Sivan politely rejects the term gay icon for himself

first_imgThe 22-year-old Australian singer opened up to Wonderland magazine about his identity and place within the community. He appears on their spring cover.For him, he rejects the term because of his privilege and empathy.‘I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of colour growing up. What can I do as an empathetic person? How can I help? That’s why I politely reject the term “gay icon”. I would never wanna put that on myself.’Sivan on the cover of Wonderland. | Photo: Instagram @troyesivan So who are gay icons?However, he does have some gay icons himself. And he recognizes the limitations.‘When I think about the songs that I grew up listening to that made me feel… gay, it was mostly straight women: Cher, Madonna, Miley, Robyn, Lady Gaga,’ he said. ‘Those are my gay icons, which is a bit strange. I would have loved to have had more queer music growing up. That would have been nice.’But thanks to artists like Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko and Janelle Monáe, fans have queer artists to love now.Sivan is currently working on his second album, which will feature a collaboration with Ariana Grande.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Sivan has already gained major popularity. | Photo: YouTube/TroyeSivanVEVO eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Troye Sivan isn’t sure the term ‘gay icon’ is right for him. GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

US Housing Starts Dip in November

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Production on new homes slowed in November, falling off from an upward revision to October groundbreakings.According to a report released Tuesday from the Commerce Department, homebuilders began construction on new houses in November at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million, down 1.6 percent month-over-month and 7 percent year-over-year.Month to month, single-family housing starts were down 5.4 percent to an adjusted estimated rate of 677,000, the government reported. Multifamily production rose 6.7 percent to a rate of 351,000 units, meanwhile.Despite the retreat in housing starts, there were a few pieces of good news in Tuesday’s report. For one thing, November marked the third straight month in which starts came in at a rate above 1 million. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the three-month moving averages for both total and single-family starts are now the strongest they’ve been since the Great Recession.”These numbers are in line with our latest surveys, which show that single-family builders are confident that the market is gradually recovering,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly.In a report released Monday, NAHB recorded a one-point drop in its monthly gauge of builder sentiment, putting the measure at a reading of 57. An index level above 50 indicates a market viewed more positively than negatively.Further good news came in the form of October’s revised estimate, which climbed to 1.05 million from an originally reported 1.01 million.On the other hand, November also saw a decline in permit issuance for new home construction. According to the Commerce Department, housing permits were issued at a seasonally adjusted yearly rate of 1.04 million last month, a drop of 5.2 percent from October and 0.2 percent from a year ago.Permits were down for both single- and multifamily projects, declining 1.2 percent to a rate of 639,000 and 11 percent to a rate of 396,000, respectively. December 16, 2014 442 Views Commerce Department Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts National Association of Home Builders 2014-12-16 Tory Barringercenter_img Share U.S. Housing Starts Dip in Novemberlast_img read more