The recent revelations of Cynic members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert that they’re gay went over as I hoped they would: People, by and large, applauded the pair, and even more of us (I hope) thought, “Fuck…what a weird-ass, backwards fucking world we live in when this is actual news!”
Being gay, as far as I am concerned, should not matter, if you catch me. But, of course, it does still.
It kind of blows me away, and I look forward to a day when both gay marriage and recreational marijuana use are legal in all 50 states…as it should be.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who came out years ago when it was still dangerous to, has come out again, this time in support of the Cynic dudes.
I guess he just found out…?
He tells Terrorizer:
“What a fucking great thing to do. It’s all chipping away. There’s homophobia in metal, there’s homophobia in all kinds of music, but for the most part metalheads accept each other because we know we’re given a lot of stick, people don’t like us, they don’t like our music, they don’t like the way we look. So for those two guys to make that statement, it’s absolutely brilliant.
“It’s shit that you have to worry about this in 2014, isn’t it? It’s rubbish. But that just shows you the stupidity that goes on in the world. So God bless them. I know what it’s like to come out of the closet. It’s the best feeling in the world. Be true to yourself, live your life, don’t hide. Nothing’s going to hurt you, you can only hurt yourself. The real people that love you will love you regardless.”
He added later on:
“I belong to a minority. In some countries they’d kill us for being gay. It’s pretty deep when you think about it. Just to keep chipping away at that is a wonderful thing, and the more people that have that power to step up and say it, it just helps the overall cause. It’s a great time to live now, in terms of acceptance and tolerance. I’ve got a place in Amsterdam, and the Dutch never talk about this. Everybody’s just everybody. There’s no layers or brands. You’re just who you are. I hope that day will come [elsewhere] eventually. For people who play the type of metal they play to do what they did, it’s very valuable. I can’t wait to meet them.”
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