Interview with Out Singer Raphael Solo
|Written by Hotspots on October 10 2012|
Flying Solo: Raph Solo Takes Control of His Life and Music
In Honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11) and of California’s ban on Reparative therapy of LGBT Minors.
On paper – and in the pages of the many European magazines in which he frequently appears – Raph Solo seems to have it all: good looks, a successful recording career, and, oh yes, his killer body.
However, as an artist whose music often reflects his life’s journey, Solo has been open about his many struggles. He recently revealed how he underwent reparative therapy in an attempt to cure his homosexuality.
It was after he lost the man of his dreams. Solo says he felt hopeless and questioned if it was even possible for a man to find love with another man. He wondered if maybe it might be easier to find it with a woman.
He followed the reparative steps, first abstaining from sex for six months, then forcing himself to engage in intimacy with women.
Of course, it didn’t work. But it’s a road Solo says he had to travel and if nothing else, it eventually led him to discover his true self. He sings about it in his new single, Brand New Dime, out this month.
One would think someone like you - who obviously won the looks lottery - would love being gay.
Why did a break-up make you want to give up on men?
What made you think reparative therapy was the solution?
Why did reparative therapy not work for you?
Do you think reparative therapy can work for anyone?
What would you say to a gay man who wishes to try turning himself straight?
You are someone who likes to share and bare all.
Raph Solo’s FINALLY and “Brand New Dime” are available on iTunes. Follow Raph Solo on Twitter at twitter.com/RAPHSOLO.