Steve Grand on his Attraction for Straights
Steve Grand’s music video ‘All-American Boy’ has exploded on YouTube generating more than 2.3 million views since it was launched in July – but it hasn’t been free of criticism.
In ‘All American Boy’ we see a handsome guy fall in love with his straight best friend. Some critics have viewed the part of the video where Steve is rejected by his straight best friend as controversial, tagging this as just a “gay boy chasing a straight boy” like “gay boys do” — which could cast gay men in a negative light.
Out.com asked Grand why he didn’t just make a video about a gay guy not loving him back.
“Because this was my experience growing up. Many times. I grew up in a predominantly heterosexual world. Most of the crushes I had were straight men. Gay men were not visible. I wanted to tell a story that had been burning inside me.”
He also answered question about conversion therapy if it had scarred him for life, “I want to make it clear that it’s been misrepresented that I went through what most people know as conversion therapy. I saw a Christian therapist who, among many other beliefs, believed I’d be happier in a straight life,” Grand says. “He didn’t shame me for being gay. Most of the focus, we weren’t even talking about my sexuality. But certainly his belief that I’d be living a happier life as a heterosexual was indeed harmful. In no way, shape, or form—I can’t even believe I have to clarify this—do I condone ex-gay therapy. I think it’s a horrible practice. There’s no scientific basis for it. A person’s sexuality is a part of who they are. And I certainly suffered for not having my sexuality affirmed.”