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Digital Subscriptions > Gay Times > Issue 495: Sounds Like Queer Spirit > MISS BENNY.


The 20-year-old singer-songwriter on defying gender norms and his groundbreaking new TV series, Glamorous.
Photography Derrick Freske

We’re only four months into the year, yet Miss Benny has already claimed 2019 as his own. The 20-year-old actor, singer-songwriter, YouTuber and self-described “eyebrow activist” debuted in the entertainment industry nine years ago, but it feels like he’s - as cliché as it is to say, but we’re gonna do it anyway - officially arrived, and honey, he’s taking no prisoners (especially those with bad brows). Earlier this year, the star - real name Ben J. Pierce - launched a full assault on the charts with glittery dance-pop anthem Rendezvous, the video of which provided a massive ‘FUCK YOU’ to gender norms and heteronormative culture. The criticallyacclaimed bop was succeeded earlier this month by Every Boy, a mid-tempo synthpop number that sees Ben express his desire to kiss every guy in the world. A breath? Of fresh air? Abso-fuckinglutely. Growing up, Ben - like most of us queers - didn’t have someone like his current self to look up to, someone who embraced their sexuality without fear of rejection, someone who subverted perceptions of a male popstar… someone who used male pronouns in their songs. Now, Ben is ready to be the openly-gay, femme-presenting performer mainstream media have had trouble embracing.

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Celebrating the LGBTQ affinity with music, each voice in this special issue of Gay Times Magazine is committed to advancing the journey of queer people across the globe, while also giving us plenty of bops to get emotional to, identify with, but most importantly, play loudly and proudly in celebration. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Gay Times Magazine, as so many of our favourite pop stars, has been on a rollercoaster of evolution, and tomorrow we too will enter a new era. With our 500th consecutive issue just around the corner, every single step of the Gay Times Magazine production process has been upgraded. From paper stock to set design, typography to couture - we're truly able to offer a premium product, in the vibrant quality that our community deserves. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In this issue: Pabllo Vittar, Lauren Jauregui, MARINA, Will Young, Girli, Allie X, Violet Chachki, Aaron Porter, Sateen, Miss Benny, Greyson Chance, ARUN plus fashion, travel and opinion pieces from all over the world!