Brian May says the legendary band Queen would be forced to add a trans musician, a colored musician or a musician of a different gender if they joined today. He added that people should be able to “be separate and different.”

May’s comments came amid praise for the BRIT Awards for removing gender-specific award categories.

“Freddie [Mercury] came from Zanzibar, he was not British, he was not white as such – no one cares, no one has ever discussed it, “May told The Mirror. “He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother. We did not have to stop and think, ‘Oh, now, should we work with him? Does he have the right color? Is he the right sexual inclination?’ ‘ It did not happen, and now I think it’s scary to have to be so calculating on everything.

Brian May, Queen
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He continued: “We would be forced to have people of different color and gender and we would have to have a trans [person]. You know that life does not have to be that way. We can be separate and different. “

Going forward, the BRIT Awards will replace Best Male Solo Artist, Best Female Solo Artist, Best International Male Solo Artist and Best International Female Solo Artist with Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year.

Queen continues their Rhapsody tour on May 27, 2022.