Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you have been having a beary safe and great week so far. It has been a very busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me in Washington, DC meeting with our elected officials about the Ryan White Care Act.
Recently, I met a newly out American country/western star named Steve Grand. He has just come out of the closet on social media. The following was his message to everyone: "Time to be brave. The world does not see change until it sees honesty. I am taking a risk here in many ways, but really there is no choice but to be brave. To not tell this story is to let my soul die. It is all I believe in. It is all I hold dear. We have all longed for someone we can never have... we all have felt that ache for our All-American boy.
This is my first original song and music video. I gave everything for this. If my story makes even a couple people feel less alone in their aching, all the blood, sweat, tears, and soul I put into this project makes it worth it.
Thanks for watching.
Now you can watch his fantastic but sad video:
Hope you enjoyed his video as much as I did. Steve doesn't have a record label yet so his music isn't available on Itunes or Amazon. You can download a MP3 of All-American Boy at: http://stevegrand.bandcamp.com/ and help support this brave young man.
Steve wrote the following in response to the outpouring of love he has received from so many people: "Guys I am so overwhelmed right now I don't even know what to say... reading your comments and messages about how this song/video has brought back memories or tugged at something inside of you has moved me deeply. I'm doing my best to respond to as many as I can. Forgive me if I am late or miss over something since I am going at this alone. Keep sharing the video if you are inspired. Lets let our story be known by the whole world! and keep hashtagging #allamericanboy!!! I cannot thank you enough for supporting me... I've dreamed about this all of my life.
Here's to Steve for not only living his truth but for being a role model for LGBT youth!
Hope you have a beary safe and great Wednesday!
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.