COURTNEY Act has released a new single ahead of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade this weekend.

Kaleidoscope, which was co-written with Sam Sparro and makes reference to the increasing presence of gender and sexual fluidity in Australian society, is also the official anthem of this year’s Mardi Gras festival.

The music video for Kaleidoscope features a feminine Act, who identifies as gender fluid, sparking a summer love with a girl along Sydney’s famous Bronte to Bondi walk.

Act said the story is about continuing to break down the binaries that shape conventional storytelling.

“I aim to confuse,” Act said.

“Having identified as a gay man most of my adult life, the last few years I have realised that both my sexuality and gender are fluid.”

For Act, whose real name is Shane Jenek, the message of the song is a call to anyone who feels constrained by the rigidity of gender binaries.

“I feel more comfortable existing in the grey area and I encourage anyone who feels like the status quo doesn’t represent them to join me,” Act said.

“You may feel broken or separate but when you look through a kaleidoscope suddenly all of those broken bits and pieces create a beautiful image.”

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