In his new video, “Gay Christmas,” out singer-songwriter Tom Goss is spreading some goodwill and cheer to the LGBT people who need it most.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about the countless numbers of gay men and women who feel alienated from their family this holiday season,” Goss writes on Instagram. “I’ve been thinking about those that can’t go home and those that go home yet have become accustomed to being silent about who they really are in order to assimilate.”
Directed by Nathaniël Siri, the “Gay Christmas” video follows a sullen group of lonely souls who ultimately find a chosen family in one another to celebrate the holidays.
Goss, 36, who currently lives in L.A. with his husband, grew up in Wisconsin. “Gay Christmas” was inspired by his own decision to not return home for the holidays.
“This year was the hardest year,” he sings. “’Cause I stopped giving a shit and you faded away.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about the countless numbers of gay men and women who feel alienated from their family this holiday season. I’ve been thinking about those that can’t go home and those that go home yet have become accustomed to being silent about who they really are in order to assimilate. If you don’t feel welcome at home this holiday season, I hope you spend time with those who love you for all that you are. Love, Tom. This is a still image from ‘Gay Christmas,’ my new music video. ‘Gay Christmas’ releases tomorrow, Tuesday, December 19. Photo: @nathcreation . . . . . #music #gay #christmas #holidays #gaychristmas #carol #christmascarol #beach #santamonica #californiachristmas #holiday #holidayseason #tistheseason #indie #music #musicvideo #indiemusicvideo #tomgossmusic #hiimtom #beyou #beauthentic #neversettleforless
“Too many of us have had to learn to accept less from our families when it comes to fully embracing us for who we are,” Goss tells HuffPost.
The singer says he felt a “sense of betrayal” when learning that certain family members and close friends back home had voted for Trump.
“Yet we are expected to be the ones to forgive, to ‘move on’ and pretend everything is okay,” he continues, “even as the current administration and GOP keep supporting anti-gay politicians and policies.”
“This video is for those who have felt like an outsider on what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year,” Goss writes on YouTube. “If you don’t feel at home this holiday season, I hope you can spend time with those that love you for all that you are.”
Have yourself a “Gay Christmas” below.