International dance music DJ/producer Spencer Brown has come out as gay in an essay published in Billboard.
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This Pride, I will no longer live in fear. For the first time, I open up about coming out and battling my mental health. It was extremely heavy to be this publicly vulnerable, but I am hoping it will help just one person who is struggling, wherever you are in the world. Happy Pride 🏳️🌈! I’m surely proud to be gay. Thanks to @Billboard @billboarddance for the opportunity to share my story. Link in bio.
“Imagine waking up daily with unshakable self-hate without knowing why,” Brown began. “School starts in an hour; crippling anxiety keeps you under your sheets. You stumble into the bathroom and look in the mirror; you see a person you don’t understand. You drive to school; you drown your thoughts with the loudest music you own. You try to suppress your natural feelings and emotions; you tell yourself that love is an idiotic fairytale. This was my, and many others’, reality for over a decade, but I’ve learned that mornings don’t have to be that way.”
“I am gay,” he continued. “It’s so much easier to say today than it was even a few years ago. While I have never publicly denied this part of me, I have also never spoken out about it. I will no longer live in fear.”
Read Brown’s full essay here.
Brown released his second album in January, titled Stream of Consciousness.