ROB HALFORD – “I Was Never Into That Leather Lifestyle”
Rob Halford was interviewed at San Diego Gay and Lesbian website. Here is a one of the questions asked of him:
SDGLN: Now it seems to me that your rock ‘n’ roll style is very reminiscent of the leather community. Can you shed some light on that?
HALFORD: Yeah, that is the irony, if you want to call it ironic, that there is a portion of the gay and lesbian community that lives that type of lifestyle, and I never was. I never was into that leather lifestyle. I just chose that kind of look because heavy metal for many, many years didn’t really have the visual connections and their power connected to the music. So, I just kind of experimented and felt that particular image was more sensible and worked. So, that is something that is only an assumption. So, what I am trying to say is first that is the irony, and it is also a little bit disrespectful to look at somebody like that and there is an assumption that “oh they must be gay.” Personally I think it is disrespectful, not from you, but from people who are stating it that way. I think that that is all about stereotyping. And what we try to do consistently in the gay community is break away the stereotypical imagery of how we are perceived to be by straight culture. So it’s kind of an irony tinged with stereotypical assumption. But there I was you know, and suddenly some straight people were saying, “We should have got that all along, because look at what he’s dressed like.” I think that is very insulting and very narrow-minded. But that is all just part of the equation, of who I am and what I do.
You can read the entire interview at: Q&A with Rob Halford: Heavy metal star talks about being openly gay, his new CD and his San Diego gig