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The ABC thinks this Yes video is fantastic - and doesn't need a political message rider like the Fathers Day one



An Adelaide musician has posted a song in support of same-sex marriage on social media, saying he wants to ensure young Australians caught up in the debate over gay rights feel empowered and know there is nothing wrong with them.

Josh Belperio enlisted the support of friends to record the song and film the performance.

"[It is] my open letter to the Prime Minister of Australia about a subject very close to my heart," the cabaret and classical music artist said.

Belperio said he saw music as a way to foster empathy.

"I believe that music is the most powerful tool that we have to recognise both our own humanity and our shared humanity," he said.

His social media posts of his Dear Malcolm Turnbull song were viewed by more than 100,000 Instagram followers and 160,000 Facebook users within the first day, and drew overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Greens MP Tammy Franks described the performance and its message as fabulous.

"They should take this under consideration in the High Court," she said of the current argument about the planned postal survey of Australians.

Belperio responded: "I would consider becoming a barrister, if only they let you wheel on a piano when you address the court."

Message 'embodies Aussie spirit'

A Facebook user, Barry Freedman, said: "You're a legend and hero with the best of Aussie spirit."

Belperio responded: "Thanks, Barry! I'm glad you think this message embodies the Aussie spirit — I'd never thought of it like that but, now that you mention it, I'd have to agree with you."

Some compared Belperio's online message with the recent effort posted by comedian and musician Tim Minchin, who reworked the lyrics to I Still Call Australia Home to urge people to support same-sex marriage.

Belperio had a sold-out season of his show Scarred For Life at the recent Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, basing the show around the time he survived hurtling over his bike's handlebars, rupturing his spleen and bleeding heavily.

A couple of years earlier, he was among a small number of young composers who won a contest to create new fanfares for use at the Sydney Opera House.

As for his latest effort, Belperio said the song would be available to download and a charity supporting LGBTQI Australians would get the proceeds.