I didn’t know any of the dudes in Cynic were gay, but then again, shit like that doesn’t matter much to me. I don’t care who you stick your dick into, so long as it isn’t a child, an animal, someone who is mentally handicapped, or a dead body.
But the Los Angeles Times spoke with ex-Death and current Cynic members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, who are both gay. It marks the first time they have spoken out about their sexuality in the context of their music.
Masvidal, 43, came out to friends and family in 1991, and later began exploring drag bars and gay nightclubs while on tour.
“It’s one thing to make out with your bandmates and just ‘play gay’ because it’s edgy. It’s another thing to actually live it.”
Reinert, 42, who took a bit longer to come out, said: “I knew that, secretly, I wanted to go to those clubs too. But back then, my stereotype of how to be gay was wearing dresses and tank tops. I didn’t have any masculine, metal role models who were gay.”
He added: “I went on a date with this one awful guy who blogged about it on his web site. So for years, if you typed my name into Google, the second thing that came up, after ‘Sean Reinert Drummer,’ was ‘Sean Reinert Gay.’”
Masvidal and Reinert admitted that they were nervous about coming out publicly. “There’s definitely going to be a reaction, but it’s important that we be truthful,” Masvidal said.
“Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been,” Reinert added. “It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine.’”
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