While singer Sufjan Stevens has never publicly come out, his music has often been fallen under the LGBTQ umbrella.
Just last year, he nabbed an Oscar nomination for songs he contributed to the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack.
Now, the 43-year-old singer has announced the release of a new EP for Pride month, along with a limited edition Pride shirt he designed himself.
“In celebration of Pride Month, Sufjan Stevens is releasing two new songs on the topic of love: ’Love Yourself’ and ’With My Whole Heart,’ available on limited-edition 7” vinyl in late June and on all digital platforms May 29, 2019,” Stevens announced on his new “Love Yourself” website.
The description continues: “‘Love Yourself’ is based on a sketch Sufjan wrote 20 years ago. The original 4-track demo he recorded in 1996 is included as well as a short instrumental reprise. ‘With My Whole Heart’ is a completely new song that Sufjan wrote as a personal challenge to ’write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety, or self-deprecation.’”
In addition to the new limited-edition vinyl, Stevens has also designed a limited edition Pride t-shirt.
The shirts are selling for $45 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center in New York and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, Michigan, two organizations that offer assistance to homeless queer youth.
Only 800 of the t-shirts are being printed, so get those orders in quick!
The whole thing has people wondering: Is this Stephens’ way of coming out? Or is he just really proud to be an ally?
Whatever the case, we want one of those t-shirts.