John M. Becker

Heavy Metal Rockers Come Out as Gay

Filed By John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: coming out, Cynic, heavy metal, metal, music, Paul Masvidal, Sean Reinert, welcome out

cynic-metal-band.jpgPaul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, co-founders of the progressive metal band Cynic, came out as gay last week.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

[T]here's one thing that Masvidal and Reinert have stayed quiet about in their public lives, until now.

Both men are gay and stars in a music scene where bands can wear corpse-paint makeup and leather S&M garb while singing about Satan and dismemberment -- yet genuinely nonconforming sexuality hasn't always been welcome.

Though they've been comfortably out for years in their private lives, the two haven't yet spoken about their sexuality in the context of their music.

As artists, they've pushed the edges of heavy metal music for most of their lives. Now they're ready to challenge old stereotypes about sexuality in one of music's most aggressively masculine genres.

The men -- who, they stress, are just friends -- have been out to their families and social circles for many years. But the metal world just wasn't ready for openly gay stars during Cynic's heyday in the mid-'90s. In fact, there are still relatively few openly gay metal stars, and despite the rapid progress of LGBT rights, Masvidal and Reinert are still worried that their coming out will take the focus off their music and cause their careers in metal to take a hit.

But Reinert says honesty is worth the risk:

"Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been. It's taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, 'If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That's your problem, not mine.'"

Hear, hear. Welcome to the out and proud LGBT family, guys!

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