Thirty years ago a pop duo called Bronski Beat released a song called Smalltown Boy about a gay man having to leave his home town because he is gay and isn’t accepted. Sadly thirty years on it’s still relevant despite the enormous gains the LGBTQ community has made. When I was growing up in denial about my sexuality gay marriage wasn’t even something that I thought about. In my mind it was like the Berlin Wall coming down or Apartheid ending in South Africa. It just wasn’t ever going to happen. Now look at the world. Unfortunately lots of kids don’t even see acceptance from their family as a possibility. That’s why Jimmy Somerville’s reprise of the song this year, a very haunting version is still so meaningful. Above is the new version and below is the original version.