By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com October 17 2013 12:51 PM ET
Dance floor divas JC Cassis and Rony G, otherwise known as the megapop music duo Xelle, aren’t just wearing purple in support of LGBT folks today, they’re raising a “Red Flag” as well.
The duo’s latest music video, “Red Flag,” was released today and is a dance-inducing addition to the soundtrack for equality. The track is a call to action, meant to inspire fans to take a stand against the antigay sentiment occurring domestically and growing abroad. “What’s happening in Russia with the anti-LGBT crackdown is reminiscent of Germany before World War II,” declares Cassis. “If we don’t stop the hatred now, it will grow, spread, and become more severe, leading to violence and death for thousands or even millions of people. We can’t stand by and do nothing. We must raise our voices and let Russia know these laws are unacceptable to the international community. Ultimately, if we all work together, respect and equality will win.”
Since the duo’s debut in 2010, Xelle has worked closely with the LGBT community, not only performing frequently in gay clubs and on Pride stages but also writing songs such as “Red Flag” with their LGBT fans in mind. “We want to be the role models we didn’t have growing up,” says Rony G. “We aim to inspire our fans to do what they want to do in their lives no matter what society says about it.”
Take a look at the video below and get ready to raise a “Red Flag.”