Trey Pearson knows how to party.
Formerly the lead vocalist of the Christian rock band Everyday Sunday, the gay artist has released the music video for “Love Is Love,” the title track off of his new debut solo pop album. It shows Pearson going out and hitting some gay clubs with an affectionate group of friends and lovers.
“Gay bars and queer spaces have been a refuge for me over this last year, and it is where I have been able rebuild my life after losing so much when I came out,” says Pearson in a statement. “I’m overjoyed to be able to make a video about a gay love song that takes pride in these spaces that mean so much for our community.”
The video ends with a quote from LGBT activist Eliel Cruz: “I find it rejuvenating to be around queer people uninhibited and joyful. This is what makes it sacred for queer people. It’s a self created space where we find and celebrate each other. I find the strength I need to face the day in queer nightlife.”
“I grew up in a Christian home and church where I was taught that God hated homosexuality and I could choose to be straight,” he said on the talk show. “And I tried for a really long time. And I don’t think I was ever trying to lie to anyone. I was trying to convince myself that I could be something I wasn’t.”
After Pearson came out, he and his band were barred from performing at Joshua Fest, a popular Christian music festival.
Pearson describes “Love Is Love” as “the first song where I felt like I had turned the corner to feeling complete joy, and able to write about love from a place I had never been before. The song is deeply connected to my story, but I believe it’s also about your story, and it’s about our story. It’s about the human story! It’s about you being able to overcome everything in life to receive love.”
Pearson cites his coming out as the inspiration for Love Is Love, his first album since leaving the Christian music scene.
“When I came out to myself and my family, it was a journey of accepting the pain I had from suppressing this part of myself my entire life,” he says. “Eventually I started to feel deep down joy and freedom that I had never experienced in my life. This album is about that journey.”
Watch the “Love Is Love” video below.