Sebb Argo, left, and Dion Yorkie, right Source: Courtesy of Anderson PR

EDGE Interview: Newlyweds Dion Yorkie & Sebb Argo Talk Relationships, Pride & New Music

Timothy Rawles READ TIME: 6 MIN.

It would take almost a decade before Dion Yorkie and Sebb Argo would tie the knot. They met in 2015 and managed to make their long-distance relationship work. Sebb flew back and forth to Canada for a while until he transferred there for school. "We got married last October in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico'" he tells EDGE.

The couple has managed to become not only an example of a lasting gay relationship but making it happen while pursuing their individual careers. Granted they do make social media posts together and have become very good at it, accruing over three million fans in the process. Still, Dion is a musician trying to build a catalog.

Communication is key in making it work for them. Also not being self-centered to the point where the other's accomplishments becomes a bone of contention. "I think the best way we've made our relationship last is by treating each other with genuine care and respect," says Dion. "Instead of using our relationship as a tool to gain social capital, we put protecting our peace and love at the forefront of our priority list. This allows creating content and art to be a natural extension of ourselves so nothing feels forced, toxic or manipulative."

The couple have been traveling for their extended honeymoon. At the time of this interview, they were in Greece basking in the Mediterranean sun. It's a long way from home where Pride parades, parties, and other celebrations have just wrapped up. However just because they are out of the country doesn't mean they don't forget what it means.

"Pride to me is about claiming your space in this world," says Sebb via email. "It is about celebrating every single aspect of who you are without caring what anybody thinks. We live in an era where a lot of people give rules and regulations to queer people. They accept us but they expect us to align to what they think is socially acceptable. Pride is claiming the same respect and energy as every other human in the world. Claiming your own happiness and knowing you are valid just the way you are."

Dion mirrors those remarks about Pride being a middle finger to heteronormative norms but also thinks that prejudice isn't something practiced outside the community. He is passionate about the community recognizing its own judgments that frequently poison the waters of acceptance.

"I recognize the trauma and hardships I've had to face as a queer person but I see firsthand how others in my community judge the worth of LGBTQIA+ people based on how closely they fit heteronormative norms," says Dion. "It's a little disheartening to see the divide even within our own community. And I actively think it's important to question those conversations when they come up and challenge the toxic masculinity and binary ideals that pollute minds, and only work to divide a community that should be supporting one another and cheering each other on."

"Pride is claiming the same respect and energy as every other human in the world," Sebb adds. "Claiming your own happiness and knowing you are valid just the way you are."

Even as hard as we try to be tolerant of other's shortcomings, there are minor annoyances in every relationship that might not be as damaging as social hypocrisy, but still get under our skin. Dion and Sebb have their own pet peeves with each other which aren't necessarily bad habits as they are annoying routines.

"His vocal warmups!" Sebb laughs textually. "I know he has to do them every day but right now we are traveling lots and staying in small hotel rooms so every day at around nine or ten [in the morning] he starts doing his vocal warm-ups full volume. I'm a bit used to it now and I even join in sometimes. I'm kidding though, his dedication and commitment inspires me a lot."

by Timothy Rawles

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