Electronic artist Griz has come out for the first time publicly as gay in his newest Op-Ed for Huffington Post. Explaining that while he grew up in a relatively liberal upbringing, many social factors forced him to hide his true sexuality until college.
He also details his anxiety and his failing mental health during this time, including his year using Prozac. High school is difficult for anyone, but for those struggling to fit in while also hiding a major part of their identity is sure to have been an exhausting process for the now popular musical artist.
He ends his piece by explaining:
"If at this point you are telling yourself this sounds even mildly familiar, and you have so perfectly and with great pain kept your secret to yourself, I have one thing to tell you. It gets better...It won’t always be easy, but the battle is worth it. Never ever give up on yourself. It might not be cool to love Britney Spears, study AP physics or play saxophone but, it’s totally cool to be gay."
We hope that his pain and journey can help anyone out there struggling with similar issues, and it's a strong reminder that the music community will always be a safe haven for those feeling marginalized.
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