YMCA collaborates with Boy George to sing a gay anthem again

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters) Singer Boy George of Culture Club performs at The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on August 21, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The YMCA is embracing the Village People anthem at long last inviting a gay music idol Boy George to join them this time.The Young Men’s Christian Association was famously unimpressed with the 1978 Village People hit ‘Y.M.C.A.’, taking exception to the gay undertones and threatening to sue the band for trademark infringement. However, nearly 40 years on from the release of the single, they’re finally embracing it. The Australian branch of the YMCA made a surprise announcement this week, revealing the re-recording and collaboration with the Culture Club leader. The new cover was released in support of the YMCA’s ‘Why Not?’ campaign, which aims to “shine a light on the issues that Australia’s youth are facing today”. In its release, the YMCA explains that marriage equality was ranked among the issues most important to Australia’s young people, next to youth unemployment and mental health. Boy George said: “The world can be a scary and overwhelming place, it’s easy to feel you’re not important and that your views don’t matter. When the YMCA invited me to be a part of this call to arms, I couldn’t say no – this message is too important. What if the answer to some of our biggest problems is in the mind of a young person who feels there’s no place in society for them? We need to give them a voice and start listening.”

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