Steve Grand and his priest spoke with the Huffington Post on Aug. 8 to defend his involvement with the Catholic Church at the same time he is attempting to launch a career as a gay internet celebrity. Steve Grand scored his fifteen minutes of fame back in July with his song “All-American Boy.” The singer also worked as the music director for his local Catholic parish in Lemont, Ill. until August.
Father Steve Boras told the Huffington Post that, "I've never seen this before. It's opened up conversations with me that are unbelievable, really. A lot of folks have come to me and said, 'I have a gay daughter, a gay son.' This young man [Steve Grand] has really opened up some conversations that maybe I would never have had as a pastor and they're coming and saying, 'Can we talk to you?’”
The unanswered question there is what are these people being told when they go to talk to Father Boras? The Catholic Church is dedicated in Ill. and across the globe to stalling basic civil rights for members of the LGBT community. The Catholic Church is officially against gay marriage, gay adoptions, and employment nondiscrimination laws applying to gay people.
Boras goes on to state, “He said, 'Who am I [Pope Francis] to judge?' and that one statement, I'm telling you, has opened up conversations for me as a pastor that I could never have imagined before. It's a new kind of era."
This interpretation of Francis’ comments has been denounced by both the Vatican and anyone who listened to the pope’s entire statement. The pope said he would not judge celibate gay priests. That is who the pope was referring to. Pope Francis has never said he does not judge actively LGBT common people. Pope Francis has not stopped the Catholic Church from being the leading source of funds for anti-gay lobbying in both the United States and the world-at-large.
So, while "All-American Boy" Steve Grand’s local church might have had a sudden and very late change of heart towards the LGBT community that does not change the simple fact that any such changes are both against the official views of the Catholic Church and regarded by many as heresy within their religion. These changes are anecdotal at best and do not reflect the modern reality of the Catholic Church’s ongoing battle against the worldwide gay rights movement.
Steve Grand added, "A lot of people have criticized me for playing at Catholic churches, where I made a lot of money, and I was shocked by that. In my mind, I think it could only be a good thing. Ten years ago, I was sitting in those same pews, and if I'd seen an openly gay musician leading the songs of worship in church, that could have really changed my life and saved me many years of feeling that I was somehow wrong."
Steve Grand’s defense of his employment decisions shows his lack of comprehension about why many LGBT people have a problem with him. Grand’s last line about a gay kid finding hope in seeing him play ignores a key issue. Why are parents with a gay kid forcing that child to go to an anti-gay church? This harkens back to the singer refusing to denounce his former conversion doctor or his parents who tried to turn him straight. This “All-American Boy” is in love with the people who have essentially tortured him in his past and who caused all of these horrible feelings he had about his sexual identity. Steve Grand did not feel he was wrong because of a lack of gay role models. He felt wrong because his abusive parents told him he was wrong and forced him to go to a church that told him he was inferior.
Grand also seems shocked that any person would find anything wrong about him selling out the LGBT community to make in his words, “a lot of money.” Yes Steve, some people do value morals and ethics over money.