Photography by Hayley Young for Out
Macklemore wants to write a song about gay rights, marriage equality, and homophobia in hip-hop, but doesn't know how to do it. Ryan Lewis urges him to use a personal story. "My dad’s best friend was gay. My barber was gay. My uncles owned this restaurant that was a huge magnet for the gay community. My whole upbringing was around gay people,” Macklemore explains. He grows up Catholic, but starts questioning his sexuality by the third grade. His mother reassures him that he is straight, but that period of confusion has stays with him.