Openly gay singer Steve Grand's YouTube video for the ballad "All-American Boy" has gone viral, according to a KansasCity.com item. The video has garnered more than half a million videosconsidered impressive for a complete unknown whose only promotion has been Internet buzz.
The video portrays a young gay man (Grand) who misreads signals from an apparently straight "all-American" male friend. Grand, a 23-year-old who is from Chicago, said he has no idea where the YouTube success may take him, though he admitted he's "not much of a singer" and more of a songwriter.
Grand has said his own life inspired the video. "I was a 13-year-old boy [at camp]," he said. "One of my counselors was warm and strong and he took an interest in menot sexually, but as a friend, and it really moved me. I remember leaving with a horrible ache in my heart."
The video is on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch .