Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet publicly came out via a recent Instagram post and revealed that he had been involved in a long-term same-sex relationship with his partner of 8 years.
The singer expressed that he decided to speak out following recently proposed bills in Tennessee that limit the rights of the LGBTQ+ community:
“Where I’ve settled a home in Tennessee, legislators are proposing bills that threaten the freedom of love. It’s imperative that I speak my truth for not only myself but in hopes to change hearts, minds, and laws in Tennessee and beyond.”
He then disclosed that those close to him were already aware of his relationship, but he believed it was the proper moment to share the news publicly:
“These issues are especially close to my heart as I’ve been in a loving, same-sex relationship with my partner for the past eight years. Those close to me are well aware, but it’s important to me to share publicly.”
In the rest of his message, the vocalist also suggested some organizations that support LGBTQ+ rights:
“Over the years, the outpouring of love for the LGBTQ+ community has been resounding, but there is still work to be done for LGBTQ+ rights in TN, the nation, and the world. In response to the exceptional support from my last post, I wanted to share how we can all continue to advocate for this valiant cause.
Here are some organizations doing great work: Human Rights Campaign Nashville, Inclusion Tennessee, Oasis Center, ACLU of Tennessee, Nashville Pride Festival, Human Rights Campaign, the Trevor Project, and the ACLU Foundation. Bravo!”
Kiszka lastly added:
“The LGBTQ+ community is a cultural pillar, constantly championing positivity and acceptance through art, music, literature, film, and most importantly, legislation. The greatest mortal gift of all is our capacity to love, and as we travel through time, may our greater understanding of the matter around and within us teach us to love ever deeper.”
The rocker received supportive messages from several musicians and bands, including Rob Halford, Luke Spiller, Dirty Honey, and Mac Saturn. Halford wrote:
“I love you, Josh.”
In other news, Great Van Fleet’s third studio album, ‘Starcatcher,’ will hit the shelves on July 21. The record’s release will be followed by a tour that begins on July 24 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and wraps up on September 23 in Cleveland.
You can check out Josh’s Instagram posts below.
Photo Credit: Josh Kiszka – Instagram