Lil Nas X: The Music Industry Wants Him To “Be Gay Without Being Gay”
As reported by Music News, Lil Nas X told CBS Sunday Morning that the music industry “sanitises” music made by LGBTQ+ artists. The “Montero” singer has been openly gay since June 2019. He says the industry consistently censors “anything sexual” written by a queer artist.
Music News says the 22-year-old spoke on CBS Sunday Morning on how “It’s always been, ‘Okay, if you’re gay, this needs to be sanitised. Let’s not include anything sexual.’ It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay. We don’t wanna know what happens behind closed doors, or we don’t want you to express that.’”
Previously, Lil Nas X expressed his fear in coming out to the world for the first time. But, he knew he needed to face his fear, for the sake of the LGBTQ+ youth who looked on.
Music News quoted him saying, “I was afraid because I knew the world was watching, and all I ever saw for boys like me was judgment and ridicule. But it was because the world was watching, that I knew I had to stand in my truth.”
The singer is hopeful that the day will come when success for an LGBTQ+ artist like himself is “no longer ground-breaking”(Music News).
Lil Nas X released his first full album “Montero” in summer of 2021. The wild success of this album led to Lil Nas X being featured as one of America’s favorite pop stars of 2021.