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Viral “All-American Boy” sensation Steve Grand comes out and comes of age

Gay country singer to play during Pride’s opening ceremonies

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Last month, Grand released his second single and video, “Stay,” in which he finally gets the guy, albeit a different one, who also happens to be very attractive. The sex-symbol tag is another one that Grand doesn’t seem too uncomfortable with. He did a stint as an underwear model, photos of which a number of gay websites were quick to dredge up.

“I’m fine with people finding me attractive,” he says. “I grew up and I had long hair and I looked weird and I would wear the same Paul McCartney concert T-shirt from my dad from 1990. I was just kind of in my own world.”

But the awkward kid is now an overnight gay sensation. With that position comes the criticism of not just homophobic heterosexuals, but also those within the LGBT ranks.

“I think that [gay people], especially generations beyond me, have this impression that ‘Oh, here’s an artist that’s selling himself as a gay artist, and I don’t like it. I don’t like what it represents.’ Well, quite frankly, I’m not seeking everyone’s approval,” he says. “There’s just as much diversity within our community as there is outside. By honoring that truth, hopefully our trailblazers that came generations before us can smile at that. It’s a mark of progress, acknowledging our own diversity.”

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