We miss Freddie Mercury now more than ever: His apologetic queer spark is just the kind of panacea we need in these infuriating times.
Latinx performer José Rivera Jr. feels the same way: He’s covered Queen’s “Somebody to Love” in a new music video, reimagining it as an anthem for the LGBT community.
The hilarious but poignant clip sees Rivera fighting his family’s attempts at “converting” him to heterosexuality.
He tells NewNowNext he was inspired to record the song after the recent presidential election.
“I love Queen, and one morning after the election, the song was stuck in my head,” he explains. “And then we lost George Michael, whose cover I heard constantly growing up—my mom is a huge George Michael fan.”
The election, Rivera says, made him think a lot about wanting to be able to love another man without feeling guilt and shame.
“Every day came another story about the Trump Administration being anti-LGBT—and I thought, Wow they are really trying to erase us,” he explains. “But instead of getting angry, I decided to use the amazing lyrics of this song to say, “I’m not going anywhere. You can’t erase me when all I want is love. All we do as a community is love. And none of us are going anywhere because of your petty intolerance and hate.”
Rivera is currently working on “LQQK, The Way I Look,” a visual EP featuring six original songs and choreography in a digital landscape. You can help bring his project to fruition by contributing to his Kickstarter campaign.