“We stand with you, we support you, and we urge you to ‘keep holding on, my friend.” – Johnathan|Christian
Throughout history, LGBTQ+ communities have endured profound challenges, from systemic discrimination and stark underrepresentation to harrowing health disparities and brutal hate crimes. Beyond these palpable threats, they have navigated the treacherous waters of legislative hindrances, barriers to healthcare, and deep-rooted societal prejudices. Particularly alarming is the state of mental health among LGBTQ+ youth, where the specter of suicide looms larger than in their non-LGBTQ+ peers.
Emerging from this backdrop in 1998, The Trevor Project shines as a beacon of hope. Offering LGBTQ+ youth vital counseling. It breaks the barriers of loneliness, fostering connections that underscore the limitless potential inherent in each young individual, regardless of their identity. This laudable endeavor offers more than immediate relief; it’s a clarion call of care and understanding, where every call is met with compassion. But their mission goes further, reaching out to parents and educators, advocating for spaces of warmth, acceptance, and inclusivity both at home and in schools.
Crossing the Atlantic’s vast expanse, the dark musical pairing of Johnathan|Christian unveils their poignant new single, “Résistance, Mon Amie.” Rapidly capturing attention for both their musical artistry and unwavering commitment to social causes, Johnathan|Christian has dedicated all proceeds from this single to The Trevor Project. This generous gesture aligns seamlessly with National Suicide Prevention Week, furthering their commitment to advocacy and meaningful change.
“This past summer was appalling for the gay community globally,” says Johnathan. “EVERYONE has the right to be free! What right do the most hypocritical sinners of all think they THEY have the right to judge anyone, invoking their ‘godliness’, while spewing their hatred.”
In a stirring visual narrative, the video, directed by Nick van Dyk of Purple Tree Studio, delves into the heart of adversity while simultaneously extending a hand of hope. Present-day footages of protests, marches, and detentions are seamlessly interwoven with scenes from the iconic Burt Lancaster film, Elmer Gantry. This cinematic juxtaposition serves as a poignant commentary, drawing parallels between a corrupt preacher’s venomous dogma and the present-day manifestations of hate.
“In the face of ongoing violence against the LGBTQ+ community, there’s a glimmer of hope through the power of music and visuals,” says Van Dyk. “Creating specific visuals for the track is a fantastic way to unite and amplify the LGBTQ+ movement’s message, redirecting energy away from violence. In a world marred by hate crimes and discrimination, music’s universal language and the storytelling capacity of music videos become vital tools to inspire change, fostering empathy and hope.”
Watch the video for “Résistance, Mon Amie.”
Johnathan Mooney currently resides in Los Angeles and Christian Granquist in Stockholm, Sweden. In a quaint studio nestled somewhere in the middle within Redbank, New Jersey, Christian and Johnathan crafted Résistance Mon Amie, with the deft touch of Tony Lewis on production, the composition finds its roots in tradition while embracing the pulse of contemporary sentiments.
To expand its resonance, the single has been reinterpreted in two distinct remixes. The “Neon Nights Mix” is a creation by Lee Meadows, recognized by his intriguing pseudonym, Code Name: Lola, and revered as the founder of World Goth Day. The other, the Official Martin Atkins Mix, highlights Atkins’ storied affiliations with renowned acts such as Public Image Ltd, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface, and Killing Joke.
With a spirit of inclusivity and solidarity, Johnathan|Christian encourages all to support the LGBTQ+ community. They have made the song available below for as little as $2.00 for all three mixes and streaming globally. jchristianmusic.com