July 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay country singer Steve Grand sends video viral
Steve Grand, All American Boy, Country Music, Gay News, Washington Blade

‘All-American Boy’ by Steve Grand features a gay man who skinny-dips with his straight friend. (Screen capture via Youtube)

CHICAGO—A gay country singer’s first music video has received more than 840,000 views since he posted it to YouTube on July 2.

The video for “All-American Boy” by Steve Grand features a gay man who skinny-dips with his straight friend while they are on a camping trip. The two men briefly kiss, but the straight man playfully rejects his advance.

Grand told ABC News on July 9 his song is “about that longing for someone” as opposed to “about being gay.”

“I wrote it from the most [pure] genuine place of my soul,” he said.

Some gay rights advocates have criticized Grand’s video for depicting a scenario they say could prompt anti-gay violence.

“Maybe Grand figures that his fellow gays will be too distracted by the video’s lascivious preoccupation with his pouty lips and sculpted abs to notice that,” Mark S. King wrote on the Bilerico Project on July 8. “As portrayed here, he is one false move away from some serious gay bashing.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

  • http://www.lgbtworld.info Bill King

    Some gay rights advocates Need to get a life. I found this video very inspirational and wiil not tell anyone to go back into the closet because of fear. Yes I have a set of big one’s and I’m not afraid to let people know it.

  • Andrew

    The media has pegged Grand a country singer, but he sings all sorts of songs. Here’s a cover he made last year that no place seems to have picked up on yet.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_hZPo7LEA8

  • Skeeter Sanders

    Having watched this video, I have to say that Mark S. King is WAY off base.

    In the first place, it’s pretty obvious that the straight guy knows that his friend is gay. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have reacted as positively as he did. If the straight guy was homophobic, they obviously would not be friends, would they?

    This is 2013, not 1983. An entire generation of Americans has grown up knowing at least one person close to them who is gay — either a close friend or a member of their own family. It’s the primary reason why support for marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is so overwhelming among Americans under the age of 40.

    That said, I was nonetheless bothered by the liberal consumption of alcohol — not beer, but hard whisky — in this video. People under the influence of hard whisky often do things that they wouldn’t consider doing while sober.

    • Skeeter Sanders

      P.S.: It will be VERY interesting to see if this video gets airplay on Country Music Television (CMT) or Great American Country (GAC).

  • Michael Bedwell

    A gay columnist at Slate put it best: “What the video also suggests is that gays are still hovering on the periphery of straight parties and couplings, yearning for a chance to get in on the action—instead of finding love and happiness among our increasingly legally protected selves. It’s just that now, rather than getting a bloody nose when the ruse falls apart, our hero will merely be left alone. Tolerance, in other words, is the best we can hope for. Forgive me, but I find that a little less than revolutionary.”

  • http://ethnologystudy.blogspot.com/ Mike Jones

    To learn more: The Twitter username for Jason Knade, the director of AAB, with Digital Skylight, is @JasonKnade. The Twitter username for Nicholas Alan or ‘Taylor’ is @DocTayTay. You can locate their tweets relating to Steve’s video with the hashtag of #allamericanboy.

    Jason’s bio is at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4200952/bio

    Mini Biography
    Jason has won a dozen film festival awards; had 50+ festival screenings in cities like Amsterdam, Torino, Mumbai, Milan, Dublin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York; and been named the “Best Filmmaker” in Chicago by the Chicago Reader, as part of its annual “Best of Chicago” issue. He was also nominated for the Iris Prize, the most important award in the world for LGBT short films. Commercially, he’s worked with The Joffrey Ballet, Subway, Anglo American Optical, Nutrition Direct, and a dozen other companies.

    Personal Quotes
    Documentary filmmaking is the pursuit of truth; narrative filmmaking is the pursuit of Truth.

  • http://ethnologystudy.blogspot.com/ Mike Jones

    Nicholas Alan was the actor portraying the straight male, unrequited love interest of Steve Grand, in the music video, All-American Boy produced by Digital Skylight. This is the caption for Nick Alan’s video. His video was put up on July 14th:

    “The All American boy makes his debut at GayHoopla. Don’t let debut fake you out, because this All American Boy is no stranger to the camera. After leaving the Steve Grand’s set, he came straight here to shake it and jerk it for the masses. Check out this stud as he is so eager to show.”

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