Category: country music

Steve Grand Video Late; Steve Grand Nude Photos

Steve Grand Video Late

Steve Grand was the openly gay country/pop singer who took the Internet by storm. He started a kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $81,000 and so many people were willing to give him support he wound up with $326,593. It’s the most ever raised for a music campaign. I’ve been posting about him since he first hit cyberspace. If I recall correctly, the thing about his first song that hit so close to home for many was that he sang about a young gay man falling in love with a straight guy.

His new video about unrequited love for another man is moving, powerful and tender. The video is also brave and ground-breaking. Evidently it is based on a real life incident in Grand’s life. The video gives us a classic country western theme with a slight twist. More Here…

He had planned to release his first album sooner rather than later, but now says that it might be late summer…or even later than that.

He released a video and Facebook message for fans on Friday (16 May) saying that while he hopes for late summer, ‘at this point it is still hard to say.’

‘From day one, I have promised to only give you my best, most honest work, and I intend to uphold that promise even if it means delaying the release of the record to make sure I get it just right,’ he says.

More here…

It takes much longer to self-publish a book than it does to go through a publisher. I could write a novel in a month, submit it to a publisher, and move on to the next project. Not so with indie publishing: you’re on your own. So I would imagine it’s just as difficult with music.

In the meantime, Grand will be doing a mini-tour at various pride events all summer.

Steve Grand Nude Photos

I have eclectic taste in music, but I am actually a fan of most pop country music. The only music I’m not fond of are torch songs, cabaret, and show tunes. And anything Brittany Spears (or fangirl oriented) makes me want to gag. And I think that Grand has opened up a new world for gay men and music. Up until recently no one ever associated country/pop with gay people. But we’ve been here all along…just like football.  

Grand seems to know how to promote himself well, too. Here’s a link to the OMG blog where there are photos of Grand almost naked. I think they’re tasteful.

I’m not a huge country music fan, but Dolly Parton is great. That song “Jolene” really tips my back. Aside from Dolly, (and maybe a little Reba), there’s not much of a gay tone in country music.

Well, apparently out country singer Steve Grand is trying to change all that. Here he is in various magazines showing off his honky tonk.

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You can check out the photos above and there are plenty more images of nude male celebs.

There are a few more photos here at this web site, along with a music video of All American Boy. The boy in the video Grand is in love with is Nick Alan who used to be a “Fratman” model, Taylor. There’s also a NSFW link to the porn site. It might take you a while to sift through that link, but it will be well worth your time.

Steve Grand Slammed; Ben Cohen Strips for Gays

Steve Grand Slammed

Last summer when country/pop singer, Steve Grand, released  a music video I posted about him here. At the time he was so fresh there wasn’t much I could find about him anywhere. But the one thing that did stand out about his song was the fact that it was all about a young gay man falling in love with a straight men, and how the young gay man winds up with a broken heart.

With the blog hop for equal rights this weekend I thought it would be appropriate to post something about gay country music star, Steve Grand, because he’s making history, promoting equal rights, and breaking the stereotypes at the same time. I saw one post earlier today that linked to a Steve Grand post with a less than thrilling comment thread…pure garbage and filled with the kind of snark I don’t tolerate anymore.

Since I wrote that post, Grand has continued to make history and break stereotypes, which isn’t easy to do if you are gay because the same old sterotypes that have been following gay men around forever don’t seem to go away. And even worse, people who claim to support gay men often seem to be the same people who crave those sterotypes. Because Steve Grand didn’t just get heat from the comment thread I mentioned in the excerpt from the post above. He also got slammed for writing a song where a young gay man falls in love with a young straight man. Some seem to think Grand should have made the gay man fall in love with another gay man.

Here’s a quote where Steve Grand responded to all this:

‘Because this was my experience growing up. Many times,’ Grand says. ‘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.’

‘It’s a universal human story – unrequited love. Gay or straight, we’ve all been there. When I started writing music, I was always writing about that. I was always crushing on someone I couldn’t be with.’

I’d like to know what’s so difficult to understand about that? Grand isn’t writing an m/m romance. He’s writing about his own life experience and it’s coming from his heart, from his experience as a gay man. This isn’t fantasy with HEA. This is reality. And because most gay men…me included…grew up in heteronormative worlds, our first crushes were directed toward straight men. And I think the most important thing to understand here is that Steve Grand, as the gay man, gets the last word about what it’s like to be gay growing up in a straight world.

If all gay men had a normal puberty and they dated other gay men as YAs, I wouldn’t even be writing this post. But the fact remains that gay men don’t get a puberty like straight men and they usually wind up in impossible situations where unrequited love is inevitable.

You can read more here. The piece goes into more detail about what Steve Grand was like growing up.

Ben Cohen Strips for Gays


Speaking of breaking stereotypes and unrequited love, British rugby player and gay activist, Ben Cohen, is coming out with a new calendar where all proceeds will benefit his foundation that focuses on stopping homophobia and bullying in schools. And according the photos on this web site to which I’m linking, he’s going to raise a great deal of money and awareness. There’s a video, too.

This time he has invited us for a sneak peak into the shower and the locker room for a behind-the-scenes look.
 
Although Cohen is the perfect example of so many gay male fantasies, he is straight and he’s comfortable with his status as a gay icon, so to speak. This also makes sense to me. He’s a man. Gay men like men. And guess what, gay men like showers and locker rooms. I probably shouldn’t have let that secret out of the proverbial bag, but there you are.
 
Cohen created The Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation to Stop Homophobia and Bullying. You can check out the foundation’s web site here. It’s really a steller web site and I highly suggest looking at it.
 
In this article he talks about being on the reality TV show, Strictly Come Dancing, and states that he would be open to dancing with a man on TV. The reason I find that interesting is because I often watch the US show, Dancing with the Stars, and I always wonder why there are never two male contestants dancing in the competition. Too much for liberal left wing Hollywood to handle?
 
In any event, Cohen said this, in public: 
 
“I’ve no qualms dancing with a woman or a man,” Cohen is quoted by the Mirror as saying. “Kristina [Rihanoff] will be easier to pick up though.”
 

I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance.

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Gay Country Music Star Steve Grand

Gay Country Music Star Steve Grand

With the blog hop for equal rights this weekend I thought it would be appropriate to post something about gay country music star, Steve Grand, because he’s making history, promoting equal rights, and breaking the stereotypes at the same time. I saw one post earlier today that linked to a Steve Grand post with a less than thrilling comment thread…pure garbage and filled with the kind of snark I don’t tolerate anymore. But I did a simple search and found an article about Steve Grand, with this following excellent comment as well.

RYOT NOTE: We are so proud of our country as it continues to move towards equality and empowerment. The rights of the LGBTQ community are human rights and musicians like Steve Grand continue to keep that discussion on the table. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to doing the same. They believe in the day when all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, can feel comfortable in their homes, schools and workplaces.

You can read more here. 

The most interesting thing to note about Steve Grand is that so far from what I’ve read he doesn’t have a record label or a manager and he’s doing this alone like many of the LGBT indie authors I know in publishing. He wrote and produced a country song, All American Boy, and here’s what it’s about:

His new video about unrequited love for another man is moving, powerful and tender. The video is also brave and ground-breaking. Evidently it is based on a real life incident in Grand’s life. The video gives us a classic country western theme with a slight twist.

There are links to the video on both of the sites to which I just linked. I’ve seen it and I love it. I don’t think there are many gay men alive who can’t relate to the same brand of unrequited love. I’ve often posted about the fact that I am not a huge fan of Polkas, Broadway music, or torch songs. And I have mentioned that I do like/love rap music. But I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how much I enjoy country music, especially since country went through such a huge transition in the 1990’s. Trust me on this, I’ve left the suds in the bucket and the clothes hangin out on the line many times!!

This is his facebook page. Although there aren’t many likes yet, at least not compared to other CW stars, I did see a few familiar faces from the mm romance community. You might want to go there and support him.

This is from bandcamp.