The Subversive Joy of Lil Nas X’s Gay Pop Stardom

A peek into his hot boy summer.

"This is the difference between the Nas of 'Old Town Road' and the one heard now, both in musical approach and in self-depiction: The new one is really, really gay." Jazmine Hughes writes in our cover story this week, in her profile of the 22-year-old pop star.

Lil Nas X wants to be not just a pop star but a visibly gay one — founded on a genuine pride and comfort. After years of hiding himself, there is now no mistaking it: He is trying to be, all at once, a hitmaker, a huge pop star, an out gay man and a sexual being.


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