Steve Grand’s debut album, All-American Boy, is out this week but he’s talking about more than music.
The singer who came to fame as a YouTube sensation is an openly gay man who is also mindful of the issues and challenges facing the trans community.
"…We can’t forget about the T in LGBT,’ he tells The Daily Beast. ‘I think now it’s our trans brothers and sisters that we really need to allow to take the lead. We need to listen to them and support them the way they have supported us all these years.’
‘I feel like they’ve put their needs, they’ve taken a backseat, to really help marriage equality come through and help people accept gay people better but that doesn’t necessarily help trans people,’ he adds. ‘I think we need to be there to support them now.
‘There’s a lot of issues that community faces that gay and lesbian people don’t have to face. There’s issues of what bathrooms they can go to and there’s blatant discrimination against them and even the way society thinks of gender is problematic for the way they see themselves and want to be seen by society.
‘We have a long way to go. We’re really just beginning now so we really need to allow trans people to take the lead.’