Openly gay country singer Steve Grand has warned that we “can’t forget about the T” in LGBTI.
The hunky singer told news website 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.
“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.”
Steve became an online sensation after the video for his debut single “All-American Boy” went viral in 2013.
He went on to raise more than $300,000 through a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, and the resulting album – also titled All American Boy – was released in the US on March 24.