During a recent conversation with 96.7 KCAL Rocks, Judas Priest’s frontman Rob Halford talked about his joining in the LGBTQ community and detailed how his sexual identity influenced the band’s products.

In an MTV interview in 1998, Rob announced that he was gay and defended gay rights since that day.

Here’s what Rob Halford told to KCAL Rocks:

“I urge people, LGBTQ, any of us that are still trying to find that moment to break down the door and step forward and say, ‘This is who I am’ and ‘I’m proud of who I am. I’m not going to be intimidated. I’m not going to live in fear. I’m not going to put everybody else before me.’

It’s an unusual thing because I think that one of the most beautiful things you can do in life is to share your life and give as much as you possibly can. You can’t really do that if you’re kind of locking yourself away in this thing we call the closet.”

Rob also thinks the best thing he’s ever done for himself is to declare his sexuality.

He continued:

“If you have the chance, please step forward because two things happen: First of all, you become extremely powerful because you’re in control; not that I think you can be in control in life, but you know what I mean. You claim your life for you and not for other people.

This is my life and I’m going to live my life on my terms. I’m not going to stop being this way or dress this way or talk this way for you. I’m going to be me. That’s incredibly self-empowering and takes a lot of strength.

And then you don’t have to lie anymore. You don’t have to hide. You take away the innuendo, the whispering. It’s all gone. It floats away. I tell you, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself and you. You live a much better life after you’ve stepped forward and proclaimed who you are.”

You can watch the full interview below.

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