R&B hotness Steph Jones creates a powerful new video that slams homophobia and intolerance. "I love the gays, I love the straights, I love the lesbians, I love the trans[genders]," says the independent artist and singer-songwriter who created a huge buzz with his single "Mr. Ordinary". " I just love people."
The singer participated in photographer Adam Bouska's striking "No H8" campaign and says the recent Prop 8 court decision inspired him to speak out again. "A lot of my friends said, 'Eeow,why do that? [Gay marriage] is not right.' Why would you take away someone's rights—especially after they fall in love? Do you know hard it is to find love? If you are a dude and fall in love with another dude and want to get married, what does that have to do with me? ... If you're straight and secure why do you care what two other people are doing?"
Steph chatted with R20 last night and discussed his motivation for the video. "I don't know what's it like to be gay," said the singer-songwriter and model. "But I know what's it like to be an underdog. And no one ever spoke up for me."
Bravo. The video is very powerful. The fact that it comes from a young straight ally—especially with a high profile in the music industry—makes it even more compelling.
Make sure you read the comments at YouTube. Not all are a supportive and it's interesting to watch Steph's young fans react and discuss gay rights.