For centuries, the Black Church has been ingrained in the very fabric of African American culture. It is no secret that the church has lamented and shunned what they refer to as the “gay lifestyle,” which so many young black men and women embrace in their experiences. Many of these young adults grow up feeling ashamed, afraid and live their lives in secret for fear of being outed or shunned by their families and friends.
A product of Brooklyn, New York and the son of Caribbean and South American parents, Kid Lit Music grew up as a young black queer individual in church.
A product of Brooklyn, New York and the son of Caribbean and South American parents, Kid Lit Music grew up as a young black queer individual in church. He recalls, “I was very young when I first started experiencing feelings of attraction for the same sex. I went to church because my mother went to church. I did not feel support to talk about my sexuality or feelings because homosexuality was spoken of as a sin. Funny enough, as a kid I always knew the members of church who were closeted gays, many of them in leadership roles.”
Gospel music tends to have a flair for the grandiose. Some denominations lean toward the more conservative side; however, it is undeniable that black queer minds and voices have contributed a great deal to what we now know as modern gospel music. When gospel artists have come out or hinted at being gay, the Black church has generally distanced themselves from these members. Kid Lit Music embraces his sexuality and wishes that more artists could feel the support behind them to do the same.
Faith is an important thing to hold fast to. Kid Lit music says, “For many years I felt conflicted about my faith. I wondered; did God still love me? Is there a place for me in heaven?” Kid Lit Music has held on to his belief in God and expresses his faith through spirituality. He doesn’t believe you have to be affiliated with a specific religious body in order to ascend to the heights of spirituality.
Kid Lit Music’s faith has served him well. In December 2021, he released “Birthday in Brazil,” with Brazilian artist Sincero. The track displays reverberating rhythms and melodic mixes that enchant the listener. It has been well received all over Brazil and throughout the United States. “Birthday in Brazil” can be streamed byclicking here.
Our experiences in faith and sexuality truly inform the kind of person we become. Such is the case for Kid Lit Music. You can hear his experiences through the catchy lyrics and highly danceable tunes that people easily recognize in clubs and parties. Kid Lit Music continues to successfully build his brand and has not lost sight of his vision, “to affect a world of change regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality.”
As he looks forward to the next phase in his music career, Kid Lit Music has a lot on his plate. He was recently interviewed by the Queen of Shade. You can find thatfull interview here. Additionally, he will be hosting an event on March 18th in New York City at Boxers Lounge. Check out the event byclicking here. He will also be one of the headliner acts for the Foolonia Fashion Experience coming Sunday April 10th. RSVP to Foolonia byclicking here.
Kid Lit Music (@kidlitmusic) is a social media influencer, musician and advocate. You can find more information on his endeavors and listen to his new music by clicking the following link to his website:Click Here.