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Cynic’s Paul Masvidal & Sean Reinert Speak Publically For The First Time On Being Gay


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Cynic vocalist/guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert‘s sexuality has long been an open secret but both members recently chose to publically address it for the first time. The pair discuss their lifestyle in a genre not often welcoming to homosexuals and their reluctance to publically come out of the closet in a new piece over at the latimes.com. An excerpt from that read can be found below:

“On Cynic‘s first big national tour in the early ’90s, opening for the superstar death metal band Cannibal Corpse, the pair sometimes worried they’d get thrown offstage — or worse. Even if they weren’t publicly out, they still challenged audiences with an anti-macho stage presence.

“That tour was really traumatic for us,” Masvidal said, recalling anti-gay epithets being yelled at them. “We were wearing Indian garb and we had a girl keyboardist, and we were playing to this Paleolithic crowd throwing bottles and yelling ‘Get off the stage…’ It was our first big tour and all we could think was, ‘We don’t belong here.'”

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