Laurie Belgrave said gay artists like Olly Alexander have changed the music landscape.
The singer/songwriter – who performs under his surname now – started performing when he was just 14 after landing a place in South London’s BRIT School, which has pushed out stars including Amy Winehouse, Jessie J and Adele.
But he admitted when he was in a Stokes-inspired guitar band called Jenner’s End, there were conversations about how to address his sexuality.
In an exclusive interview in Attitude’s summer issue, the 27 year old said: “When I was in a band as a teenager, there were still conversations such as, ‘How should we approach the gay thing?’
“But now it’s changed, thanks to a number of artists, including Olly Alexander, who have changed the landscape.
“If nothing else, I owe that honesty to 15 and 16 year olds who are still working things out.
“I owe it to them to be real about the fact that I’m a gay guy, I go out with men and it’s great.”
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