Indie band member discussed coming out to public in 2009 as part of National Coming Out Day
Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij has discussed the moment he decided to tell the public he is gay to mark National Coming Out Day, which took place on Sunday (October 11).
Batmanglij first talked about his sexual orientation in a Rolling Stone feature during 2009. He says that his courage to do so was bolstered by the actions of Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste, who had long been ‘out’.
Uploading a photograph of himself and Droste from 2009, Batmanglij wrote in a caption: “I met Ed when our bands were both playing a festival somewhere in Europe earlier that year. At that point I was out to friends and family but not out yet in press.”
“Ed was someone who had always been out… Having him as a friend bolstered my courage to come out in press – something I had always intended to do.”
He added: “Looking back on things, it felt so important to have ‘reasons’ to come out. But in fact, what I’d really like to do is to work towards living in a world where people don’t feel they need ‘reasons’ to come out. And I think in the last six years I’ve felt this change in the world around me and I hope to feel more of it.”
See the Instagram post below.