Out musician Wrabel has released an emotional new music video for his heartfelt track “The Village,” which tells the story of a trans teen facing an unaccepting family.
Directed by Dano Cerny, the clip follows trans actor August Aiden as he throws out his feminine clothes and shaves his long hair, embracing his masculinity through self-expression and art. His family, meanwhile, struggles to understand him because of their own prejudices.
“The story told in the video hits very close to home,” Aiden, 24, told NewNowNext. “The personal struggle that the protagonist goes through throughout the video, was me. I was that closed-down kid in high school who wore big hoodies and hid behind their hair.”
He hopes the video helps viewers who identify with its themes, but also reaches those who don’t.
“I want people outside of the LGBTQ spectrum to see the internal struggle that some of us go through in order for us to feel ’normal,’ whatever normal means,” Aiden adds. “And in seeing that, I hope it changes someone’s mind–promotes understandings and empathy.”
In a statement, Wrabel explains he wrote the song the day after Donald Trump removed federal protections for trans students in public schools.
I just wanted to write a simple song letting anyone that feels like an outsider know that the problem isn’t you, it’s them. It’s the village. not in an aggressive “us vs. them” way, but just because you are the minority… just because people whisper “freak” when you walk down the hall. All of these things. it’s so hard out there, I know it is.
These things aren’t pointing towards something wrong with you, they’re pointing to a humongous problem with the majority—the “them.” There’s nothing wrong with you, there’s something wrong with the village.
Watch “The Village,” below.