Watch: Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean Dances in Drag for Trans Tribute 'Love Song Love' Vid

by Brendan Walker

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday May 1, 2021
Originally published on April 23, 2021

AJ McLean in his video "Love Song Love"
AJ McLean in his video "Love Song Love"  

In the video for his solo single "Love Song Love," the Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean made a bold statement of trans-allyship by appearing in drag next to multiple trans performers for his companion visual.

Premiering this week on Variety, the music video features a drag-clad McLean prancing around a large-scale doll house with transgender models Nahla Wyld and Carmen Carrera, decked out in feather boas and flowers.

The video was directed by ex-Janet Jackson collaborator Rene Elizondo and McLean himself, and it is intended as a statement in line with his longtime LGBTQ activism and allyship.

"Now, more than ever, my trans and non-binary fans' rights and very existence are being attacked in politics and in the streets," McLean told Variety. "What's happening is unacceptable. I'm an ally and this song, to me, screams 'love no matter what.' It's about loving and respecting one another."

AJ McLean, Nahla Wyld and Carmen Carrera in McLean's video  

McLean also spoke about how current events and the atmosphere surrounding the trans community act as a reminder of the work still needing to be done.

"The transgender community has been getting pushback for years," McLean said. "Things are starting to change and with the new administration, there's more open-mindedness, which is how it should've always been because it really doesn't matter if you were born a boy, but have always been a girl. But there's a long way to go."

McLean spoke positively of the current generation's outspoken nature on these issues, though, saying that they're "using their platforms to speak out about negativity, judgment, racism and hostile acts towards minorities and the trans community."

"It gives me hope for my kids' generation," he said.

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