Musician Josh Kiszka, frontman for the rock band Greta Van Fleet and a Frankenmuth native, took to Instagram Tuesday to publicly come out as gay, posting about his eight-year relationship and why he decided the time was right to make the declaration.
Kiszka posted, “Where I’ve settled a home in Tennessee, legislators are proposing bills that threaten the freedom of love. It’s imperative that I speak my truth for not only myself, but in hopes to change hearts, minds, and laws in Tennessee and beyond.”
Tennessee made headlines earlier this year after legislators passed the first law in the country banning drag performances in public and in a separate bill, banned all care for transgender youth across the state. A federal judge recently ruled that the drag performance law is unconstitutional and the Department of Justice is mounting a legal challenge to the trans healthcare law.
“These issues are especially close to my heart as I’ve been in a loving, same-sex relationship with my partner for the past 8 years. Those close to me are well aware, but it’s important to me to share publicly,” Kiszka’s post continued.
“Over the years, the outpouring of love for the LGBTQ+ community has been resounding, but there is still work to be done for LGBTQ+ rights in TN, the nation, and the world. In response to the exceptional support from my last post, I wanted to share how we can all continue to advocate for this valiant cause. Here are some organizations doing great work: @hrc_nash, @inclusiont, @oasiscenternashville, @aclu_tennessee, @nashvillepridefestival, @humanrightscampaign, @trevorproject, @aclu_nationwide
The LGBTQ+ community is a cultural pillar, constantly championing positivity and acceptance through art, music, literature, film, and most importantly, legislation.”
Since Kiszka created the post, hundreds of mostly positive comments have poured in, including one from @isa4244, who wrote, “I support you 100% but I was already planning our wedding.”
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