Meet The First Openly Gay Male Country Star

“Holding nothing back. Time to be brave. Time to free my spirit and live my American dream.”

1. Meet Steve Grand.

Photo by Joem Bayawa / Via Facebook: SteveGrandArtist

2. Steve’s kinda just your all-American country boy.

3. He’s got a great pair of suspenders, and a pretty killer look.

4. And oh yeah… he might just be the first gay male country star.

5. He released his first music video and song, “All-American Boy,” to his Facebook page with this emotional message:

He writes: “time to be brave. the world does not see change until it sees honesty. I am taking a risk here in many ways, but really there is no choice but to be brave. To not tell this story is to let my soul die. It is all I believe in. It is all I hold dear. We have all longed for someone we can never have… we all have felt that ache for our ‎#allamericanboy

first original song and music video. I gave everything for this. If my story makes even a couple people feel less alone in their aching, all the blood, sweat, tears, and soul I put into this project makes it worth it. Thanks for watching.”

8. The video follows Steve’s character, who meets a handsome all-American guy around a fire.

9. They have a few drinks together.

10. And Steve’s character is totally hooked.

11. Singing all about his all-American guy.

12. They go swimming together.

13. And Steve’s character is totally in love.

14. And even though they kiss…

15. His all-American boy wants to stay just friends.

16. It turns out to be a sad story of unrequited gay-straight attraction, but Steve’s story touched a nerve among viewers so far.

17. Steve writes of his decision to make the video: “I fought with who I was for most of my life. In every way a young person can fight with himself. But starting today… I’m laying it out there. I’m done playing it safe.”

18. “I don’t have a manager or a label or any sort of funding other than the tip money I make playing piano…”

19. “I feel like music industry people wouldn’t like the idea of me “pigeonholing” myself by telling this story as I have. But I don’t believe the world sees change until it sees honesty. So I went in on my own.”

20. “I went all in. There is no Plan B. I’m nervous/excited/horrified/anxious about the implications […] the choices I am making (and have made throughout my journey of discovering myself as a man and as an artist) will have on my future.”

21. “But then I remind myself I never really had a choice. This is the story I’ve been aching to tell […] most of my life… it is what I hold dearest to me.”

22. A downloadable version of “All-American Boy” is available here.

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