Target: Country singer Steve Grand
Goal: Commend gay country singer for publicly expressing his sexual orientation
As the struggle for gay rights continues, many LGBT celebrities have come out of the closet to boost support for the cause and to be authentic. There are not many gay country artists because sometimes it can be seen as a more conservative field of music. Recently, a new gay country star emerged. He has no record label, and yet just came out with a new song called ‘All-American Boy.’
Steve Grand posted a music video onto Youtube and soon it became extremely popular, with more than 400,000 views. The song ‘All-American Boy’ is about a man who has feelings for another man, but in the end cannot be with him because the man is with a woman. Grand stated, “It’s not about being gay; it’s about that longing for someone.” The story in the song was inspired by events in Grand’s own life.
Steve Grand is open about his sexual orientation, and even admitted to trying ‘gay conversion’ therapy in the past. He came out in eighth grade, and when his parents found out they made him try ‘ex-gay’ therapy. He said that after he came out to his parents, he tried this type of therapy only because they suggested it and he did not want to disappoint them. He tried this for five years, and then quit his freshmen year of college because he realized it was not working. Eventually he became comfortable with his sexual orientation.
Grand has been getting a lot of support from new fans, and he has said it has made such a difference in his life. Grand is one of the few openly gay country singers, and at the same time he is new to country. Applaud Steve Grand for his bravery by signing the petition below.
Dear Steve Grand,
It is rare to find an openly gay country star, especially one who is a new artist. Your openness with your sexual orientation has brought more diversity to the genre. You have surprised many with this new video. Some will be inspired by it and others will find it wrong. Either way, the video touched many people.
You put a music video on Youtube, which focused on love between two men, with one man eventually having his heart broken in the end. The video was very emotional and many LGBT people can relate to it. That was inspired by something that happened in your life, and it was very courageous of you to make this story public.
Telling the story of your past struggles with your sexual orientation was also very courageous. Admitting that you have tried ‘ex-gay’ therapy is difficult because many people are so strongly against it. Thankfully, you were able to overcome the therapy and be true to yourself. Now you have many supporters who you have inspired.
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