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Neon Space Men and their «Things»

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«Things» (The ballad of Adam and Steve ) is the morality of two gay men in a world that still doesn't naturally have equal rights.

Like the electronic pop music that Neon Space Men represent, gay and lesbian oppression was ubiquitous in the 1980s, peaking in Britain in 1988.

Clause 28 was enacted by the Thatcher government in 1988 and prohibited the «promotion of homosexuality by local authorities», which meant that only inaccurate information about homosexuality could be reported in any sphere of public life. Jimmy Somerville, Boy George, and Chumbawamba were just a few of the bands and musicians who vehemently opposed the cruel laws. However, Clause 28 was only repealed in 2003, which was 20 years ago.

When there were protests against Clause 28, the «pink triangle» became established. The «pink triangle» appeared as a protest emblem in the 1980s and was inspired by the discrimination against gay men in Nazi concentration camps during the Third Reich.

Neon Space Men use the «pink triangle» on the cover to produce a poster-like effect that serves as a reminder and illustration that homosexuality still lacks the level of social acceptance for which it has long been struggled.

«Things» was release on June 28th, 2023, on the54th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on Christopher Street in New York. The largest emancipation movement of the LGBTQ movement began on this day. The goal has not yet been reached.

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