I’ve resisted the temptation to post anything on this blog regarding Greyson’s sharing his sexuality with his fans and with the world. So much has already been said and no one probably gives a shit what I have to say about it, least of all Greyson. But seeing some of the comments that have been posted over the last few days and having had some private conversations with other fans, compels me to throw my hat in the ring.
Part of my marginally-healthy-obsession of following Greyson’s career for the past seven years comes from a fascination with the impact that social media is (rapidly) having on the homogenization of world culture. Greyson’s generation is really the first to have had the ability, from an early age, to communicate with people from other nations, cultures, and religions in real time. This phenomenon, perhaps too idealistically, gives me hope that there really can be “peace on earth” in the not-too-distant-future. “Imagine all the people living life in peace, Yoo Hoo ooh ooh ooh”.
Greyson’s announcement this past Wednesday regarding his sexuality, for the first time in my experience in the “fan club”, brought to light some of the deep divisions that still exist among the world’s cultures and religions.
One’s sexuality is a deeply personal and intimate part of their lives. Even western cultures are still in their infancy of coming to grips with the full range of human nature and human sexuality. Homosexuality is just now becoming understood and accepted in these cultures. The very fact that a gay person must struggle with their “coming out” bears this out. After all, when was the last time you heard of someone “coming out” as “straight”?. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Greyson to come to grips with this part of his life over the last four years given the other challenges he was meeting.
Other cultures and religions around the world are not yet ready to accept homosexuality as a phenomenon that occurs naturally in humans (as well as other species). In these cultures, it is seen as a violation of the laws of God and nature. But religious beliefs and cultural customs are also deeply personal and intimate. They deserve the respect of those of us who believe ourselves to be more “enlightened”. Surely Greyson must have considered these cultural differences in his decision to come out publicly. Especially given that much of his fan base is in Asian countries with devout Muslim and Catholic populations.
Besides religious and cultural beliefs, some people believe that being gay is a “choice”. I’m sure there is a small number of people (very small) that do in fact experiment with alternate sexual lifestyles because they believe it to be fashionable or simply because they are curious. I’ve always judged Greyson to be a person of strong character. As such, I don’t believe he would “choose” to be gay as a fashion statement. Greyson, I believe, is among that portion of the population that was born gay. With each passing generation and new scientific research, I believe all of the world will eventually welcome and fully accept our LGBT Brothers and Sisters as full and complete members of the ‘Human Club”.
However you feel about Greyson’s sexuality, we should ALL respect the legitimacy of those that have different beliefs than our own and be unified in extending Greyson the respect and support he deserves from ALL of his fans. Sexuality is, after all, only a small part of what defines us as persons. As for me, I admire Greyson’s decision to come out publicly and I’ll continue following his career in music and whatever other parts of his, ever more well-rounded, life that he chooses to share with us.