Sufjan Stevens' music has always been considered part of the queer music canon—but what about the artist himself?
Listeners have wondered for years if Stevens was singing about God or being gay, and while the Illinois singer has never formally come out, he did just release a new EP for Pride month, along with a Pride shirt he designed.
"In celebration of Pride Month, Sufjan Stevens is releasing two new songs on the topic of love: 'Love Yourself' and 'With My Whole Heart,' available on limited-edition 7” vinyl in late June and on all digital platforms May 29, 2019," reads Stevens' new"Love Yourself" website.
"'Love Yourself' is based on a sketch Sufjan wrote 20 years ago. The original 4-track demo he recorded in 1996 is included as well as a short instrumental reprise. 'With My Whole Heart' is a completely new song that Sufjan wrote as a personal challenge to 'write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety, or self-deprecation.'"
Stevens also designed a super cute new Pride t-shirt that says his name in different rainbow colors—but act quickly because only 800 shirts are available, and they won't ship until mid-July.
*adds to cart*
A portion of the proceeds from the EP and t-shirt will support two organizations that help homeless queer youth: the Ali Forney Center in New York and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit.
Stevens also contributed songs to the soundtrack for Call Me by Your Name, which garnered him an Oscar nomination in 2018.
Contributing music to the Call Me by Your Name soundtrack and dropping a new Pride EP? Is evidence pointing toward Stevens coming out?
Whatever the case, we're still buying that t-shirt.