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Logic's Video for '1-800-273-8255' Features Young Gay Man's Powerful Story


The video touches on coming out, bullying, and suicide prevention. 

Rapper Logic has released a moving video for his song "1-800-273-8255," which features a young gay man coming to terms with his sexuality while faced with bullying and initial pushback from his family. Nickelodeon star Coy Stewart plays the young man who meets and falls for another boy played by Modern Family's Nolan Gould while Oscar nominee Don Cheadle and Matthew Modine play the boys' dads. Luis Guzman plays the boy's supportive coach.

The video follows a structure similar to that of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, which focused on three stages of its protagonist's life. The video for Logic's song, which is the actual National Suicide Prevention Hotline number, depicts Cheadle as the dad holding his infant son before centering mostly on the child's teen years that include falling for a boy, being bullied, and contemplating suicide. Finally, it closes on a flash-forward to when the boy is fully grown, has been accepted by his family, and accepts himself.

While Logic has not commented on this powerful video, which also features Alessia Cara and Khalid, one of his reps said, "It speaks for itself," according to Variety.

The song includes the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, but it's also important to note that The Trevor Project is a wonderful resource for struggling LGBT youth.

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