Olly Alexander goes beyond his singing, as one of the biggest influencers for this generation of LGBTQ+ people.
As an artist, he was always out of the closet, never hiding his sexual orientation from the music/film industry. In fact, he uses the industry to make a voice for the LGBTQ+ society.
Olly started his acting career when he was 16, and later on, he became a member of a band called Years and Years, begun in 2010 and goes till now. The group grow inside the pop industry even got nominated for the BRITS awards.
The Communion ( 2015) album, Years and Years first album, doesn’t come as LGBTQ+ LP, but looking deeper he end ups talking about Alexander life, romances and how he was dished by another man. It was flows during the album as an under noted subject without identifying a gender one example is the song Take Shelter “Just tell me what I have to do/To keep myself apart from you/ All your colours start to burn /I know I wanted far too much,/Then I thought that wouldn’t be enough /All this talk is closing you.” Using the same technic as the XX use in their lyrics of not identifying a gender.
Besides of all, he’s still an activist, as he said to the Gay Times “I care about LGBT issues. I care about social change,”. He as a part of the community and he always had a message to share, like he did in Glastonbury “As a queer person, as queer people, we know what it’s like to be scared, and we know what’s it like to live in fear as part of our every day. But tonight, at Glastonbury, I would like to ask you to join me on Pride weekend and say, ‘no thank you fear. Bye fear bye.’”
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) June 26, 2016
Even that he’s not directly associated with any LGBTQ+ front, he continues the fight for equality. He defends that there is a lot of work to be done inside the community as an LGBTQ+ person in a Vogue interview, “We still mainly have male, white artists who are representing an incredibly diverse community. When we have most of the successful LGBTQ artists being white men, we tend to prioritise that narrative over trans people of colour or bisexual women or men or lesbian women.”
Even when people say that there are enough LGBTQ+ people in the music industry, Olly defends that is not enough if you just have two artists. He defends that even inside the community they should be more diverse, not just gay males representing the LGBTQ+ community as he explains in the Vogue interview
Now Olly Alexander is writing and producing the successor of his hit album Communion, but he’s still an activist for the LGBTQ+ community, being a part speeches, and movements for the community.