New country sensation Steve Grand says his past wasn’t as picturesque as the scenes in “All American Boy”.
Grand told ABC that he has endured ex-gay or reparative therapy after coming out to his family. He said the program was designed to turn him straight.
“I felt like I really was a shame to my parents,” Grand said. “I felt like there was no way I could ever make them proud and I felt like I was a constant disappointment.”
Grand says song “American Boy” is testament to how the feelings about his sexuality have grown. He needed to tell his story and went into debt to do so. The effort payed off. Grand’s video went viral on YouTube racking up 650,000 views in just six days.
(Published in About.com July 10, 2013)