Openly gay country singer Steve Grand has responded to negative comments he received after posting a photo on Instagram in which he posed in a skimpy pair of swimming trunks.
Although many of his followers praised him (‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it’), others accused him of being ‘immodest’ or wearing an item of clothing that was ‘stereotypically gay’.
Grand responded to the haters in a conversation with Underwear News Briefs.
‘I try not to pay too much attention. At some point in life it’s important to realize that no matter what you do, people are going to have something to say about it so you may as well do/wear what makes you happy.
‘I’ve seen a small number of gay men criticize my choice of swimwear for being immodest and ‘stereotypically gay.’
‘People are entitled to feel however they feel, but again, I wear what I wear for me and not for them; because it makes me feel good. I’m not looking for everyone’s approval all of the time.
‘There is a time and place for modesty, but, for me at least, a hot summer day in Chicago, on a boat with a bunch of other gay dudes is not one of them.
‘And frankly I don’t care what some may consider to be a gay stereotype or not, and anyone using that as some kind of jab is probably grappling with their own internalized homophobia. I wear what makes me happy.’
The original Instagram posting is below.
A photo posted by Steve Grand (@stevegrandmusic) on