R.E.M. have a new album coming out. The
boys old men grace the cover of the new issue of Spin magazine, and frontman Michael Stipe spends some time talking about his own coming out.
On His Sexuality:
├óΓé¼┼ôIt was super complicated for me in the ├óΓé¼Γäó80s. I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious.├óΓé¼┬¥
Going public was a little easier when he realized it might inspire people to change their views about homosexuality:
├óΓé¼┼ôI didn├óΓé¼Γäót always see that. But I see now, of course that├óΓé¼Γäós the case, of course that├óΓé¼Γäós needed. I├óΓé¼Γäód just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, ├óΓé¼╦£Yeah, he├óΓé¼Γäós my boyfriend, that is what it is.├óΓé¼Γäó Now I recognize that to have public figures be very open about their sexuality helps some kid somewhere out there.├óΓé¼┬¥
On his songwriting:
├óΓé¼┼ôThere are songs I wrote in the past that were gender-specific. ├óΓé¼╦£7 Chinese Brothers├óΓé¼Γäó was about me breaking up a couple├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥and then dating both of them, a man and a woman, which is a terrible thing to do, but I was young and stupid├óΓé¼┬ª.At the time I was writing about what I knew, and what I knew was myself. I found out I├óΓé¼Γäóm not that kind of writer. I think I├óΓé¼Γäóm better when I write about things that are not me.”