Rob Halford of Judas Priest Sends Message to Greta Van Fleet Singer Who Just Came Out Publicly

Greta Van Fleet frontman Josh Kiszka openly came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community late Tuesday (June 20) in a social media post against proposed laws that would harm the rights of individuals in the community in his new home state of Tennessee. Following his emotional plea, other members of the rock world expressed their support for the musician on social media, including Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, who responded to Kiszka’s thoughts and declaration with four words. Halford, who made news when he came out publicly in 1998, wrote the singer a supportive message with the words “I love you Josh,” along with a series of emojis that included metal horns, a microphone, a speaker with soundwaves, clapping hands, and a lightning bolt. Judas Priest were trending on Twitter on Wednesday morning (June 21), with Halford’s elegant response playing a role. “Dude, Judas Priest commenting on Josh’s coming out post has me sobbing,” one fan remarked. Kiszka’s Instagram post, in which he disclosed he’s been in “a loving same-sex relationship with my partner for the past 8 years,” drew comments of support from Dirty Honey, The Struts, and Crown Lands.

What Message Did Josh Kiszka Send? Beyond Kiszka’s coming out announcement, the Greta Van Fleet singer’s message was intended to shed focus on the ongoing debate in Tennessee over legislation affecting members of the LGBTQ+ community. “In Tennessee, where I’ve made a home, legislators are proposing bills that threaten the freedom to love.” It is critical that I speak my truth not only for me, but also in the hopes of changing hearts, minds, and laws in Tennessee and abroad. Because I’ve been in a loving, same-sex relationship with my partner for the past 8 years, these problems are extremely important to my heart. “Those close to me are well aware, but it’s important to me to share publicly,” the vocalist explained. “Over the years, there has been an outpouring of love for the LGBTQ+ community, but there is still work to be done for LGBTQ+ rights in Tennessee, the nation, and the world.” In response to the overwhelming response to my previous post, I wanted to highlight how we can all continue to campaign for this worthy cause. “Here are some organizations doing great work,” Kiszka said, before congratulating the following social media accounts: @hrc_nash, @inclusiontn, @oasiscenternashville, @aclu_tennessee, @nashvillepridefestival, @humanrightscampaign, @trevorproject, and @aclu_nationwide.
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“The LGBTQ+ community is a cultural pillar, constantly championing positivity and acceptance through art, music, literature, film, and, most importantly, legislation,” he went on to say. Our capacity to love is the greatest mortal gift of all, and as we move through time, may our better awareness of the matter around and within us teach us to love ever deeper.” According to the Washington Post, Tennessee presented 27 measures this year that would limit LGBTQ+ rights, two of which were enacted, rendering members of the LGBTQ+ community more vulnerable to discrimination because they would no longer be covered by state nondiscrimination legislation. A federal judge stopped one of the bills, signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, that would have restricted drag shows.

“This is the year that things came crashing down in Tennessee,” Human Rights Campaign director Sarah Warbelow said. “In previous years, we’ve seen a number of anti-LGBTQ bills, but this year they were introduced earlier than ever, are more extreme, and have increased in number.” According to the Washington Post, Tennessee presented 27 measures this year that would limit LGBTQ+ rights, two of which were enacted, rendering members of the LGBTQ+ community more vulnerable to discrimination because they would no longer be covered by state nondiscrimination legislation. A federal judge stopped one of the bills, signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, that would have restricted drag shows. “This is the year that things came crashing down in Tennessee,” Human Rights Campaign director Sarah Warbelow said. “In previous years, we’ve seen a number of anti-LGBTQ bills, but this year they were introduced earlier than ever, are more extreme, and have increased in number.”

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