Most of us came to know Keiynan Lonsdale as a result of his role as Blue in the blockbuster hit Love, Simon. There he captured teen hearts (and ours) as the email writing love interest of the lead character Simon. But since the movie’s debut, Lonsdale has been focusing his talents on another aspect of his career outside of acting — though he did appear on Love, Victor. Earlier this year he dropped his debut album Rainbow Boy and now, he’s finished his first-ever headline performance.

In October, Lonsdale performed for Billboard Live At-Home Pride Edition. The event itself benefited Black Youth Project 100 and Black Rainbow, two queer, Black-led organizations that fight for social justice within their own communities. 

Given that Australia has practically eradicated the ongoing pandemic, Lonsdale was able to gather a crew of dancers, execute a series of costume chancers, and even incorporate a sax player into the set. Performing his own tracks — “Gay Street Fighter,” “White Noise,” and “Chocolate” — he charts an intersectional narrative arc. The performance is certainly encouraging for the burgeoning artist, and we’re interested to see what comes next. To see that he has no intents on shying away from his sexuality — and is instead leaning into it unabashedly on tracks like “Gay Street Fighter” — and that he’s quite the dancer has us eagerly anticipating his future growth. 


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