GRiZ Pens Emotional Huffington Post OP-ED on Sexuality for LGBT Pride Month
As the month of June approaches its seventh day, the one-week marker in the month’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month, Grant Kwiecinski, better known by his stage name, GRiZ, has acknowledged the month’s significance by penning an intimate Huffington Post OP-ED piece that transcends the decks, painting an honest portrait of the human behind the funk alias.
The OP-ED is not exactly revelatory with respect to GRiZ’s sexuality; the “Good Times Roll” producer is known for his championing of the phrase “Show Love Spread Love,” using the phrase widely across his social media platforms, and additionally designing special edition T-shirts with the phrase emblazoned in scarlet on the shirt’s front.
The Huffington Post piece, titled “My Name is GRiZ and…” however, is the DJ’s most frontal expression of his sexuality to date. “I found myself laying in bed late every night depressed, stressing, losing sleep, praying to God. Why me? Is something wrong? Am I gay?” open the OP-ED, an introduction that foreshadows the deep and emotional qualities of the editorial, the OP-ED an exploration of GRiZ’s identification as a gay man in his youth, and duly, of the journey that ensued once the producer recognized his sexuality as such, what the DJ fondly calls his “leap of faith moment.”
GRiZ’s piece is not only timely, but especially relevant given the context of the piece’s release: not merely LGBT Pride Month, but the dance music genre and its corresponding culture. The house music atmosphere emerged as an underground scene frequented by not only black and Latino men who were barred from the mainstream societal standards in the 1980s, but black and Latino gay men who received comparable societal exclusion on account of their sexuality.
The nightclubs and dance clubs where house music and various other types of dance music—techno, for one—abounded soon cultivated reputations as sanctuaries, spaces where color and sexuality were not shied from, but openly embraced with enthusiasm. The dance clubs were platforms of liberty; attendees were free to dress how they wanted, dance with whom they wanted, act as they wished, without judgment passed by onlookers. A distinct community was consequently born, and as Ned Shepard hits on in the title of his article on the attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, “Dance Music Owes Everything to the LGBTQ Community…”
GRiZ’s OP-ED is a piece that seeks to move forward, to branch further, with its roots plunging into the past, marrying past, present, and future, rendering Kwiecinski both a member and an innovator of a community earnestly forged years prior. Read GRiZ’s OP-ED via the button below.