Out artist Troye Sivan told Larry King
this week that he credits the Internet and media for increasing
support of LGBT rights.
The 20-year-old is best known in the
United States for his portrayal of young James Howlett in the X-Men
film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He released his debut studio
album, Blue Neighborhood, on December 4.
Sivan, who is also a YouTuber, came out
gay in 2013 in a YouTube video.
Appearing on Larry King Now to
promote his album and upcoming tour, Sivan said his album was about
“You say the album is all about
boys?” King asked.
“Pretty much,” Sivan
answered. “I mean, there's a lot of stuff in there about boys.
But there's also stuff about family, friends and home.”
When asked about the speed of change in
LGBT acceptance, Sivan credited the Internet and media.
“I attribute it to the internet. I
think in the past, a kid being raised by homophobic parents had no
way to learn any other alternative. Now with the internet, they can
have the most homophobic parents in the world, [and] they can go
online and see a gay YouTuber, or watch some TV even. I think it's
representation on the media that's really opening people's minds at a
much quicker rate than has ever happened before,” he explained.