Influencer Mark Bryan, 62, has made a name for himself by posting gender-non-conforming clothes – usually heels and skirts – but said in a recent viral clip that he’s not “fighting” the LGBTQIA+ community, instead saying they’re actually They made it “worse” for him as a cis, heterosexual man.
In a short exchange that was lifted from the German docu chain “Beyond Fashion,” Brian distanced himself from the LGBTQIA+ community.
“I try to separate myself from the LGB community because of the gay community who wore skirts and high heels before I did,” he told Queer Eye: Germany beauty expert Avi Jacobs. “I feel like they actually made it worse for me, because I’m straight, because now I’m supposed to be gay…I want to wear a skirt and high heels without being labeled as sexual.”
Jacobs told Brian that she saw him in an article and thought “this guy is fighting with us,” but Brian clarified, “I don’t really think I’m fighting with you, but I’m not fighting with you either.”
The model, who defines himself as a “straight man, CIS” who “loves to wear high heels and skirts every day“, appeared on photo shoots for Interview Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, garnered more than 647,000 followers on Instagram, and recently walked in Paris. Fashion Week. He’s also a father, robotics engineer, and soccer coach, and in an October 2020 interview with Paper Magazine, he credited his move to Germany, where he said people are more tolerant about “this kind of thing”, as part of why he feels comfortable displaying his “hybrid style” in public places.
“I think they made it hard for themselves,” Brian told Jacobs, referring to the LGBTQ+ community. When asked how, he explained, “Just be a little more sparkly. I think it’s just so awful and so glowing.”
“I’m so sorry we made things worse for you,” Jacobs replied.
On November 7, Brian posted an apology for his Instagram stories after the interview caused a stir online.
“My message is that what I wear does not define my sexuality or my gender. I understand that what I said is misleading and may not really have been the best choice of words,” he said in part, adding, “And for that, I’m really sorry it came wrong.”
“I mentioned that I want to be separate from the LGBTQ+ community. Not because I’m homophobic, or because I have a problem with the community. I just have…with what I’m wearing and that’s what I wanted to express, but it did poorly with the words it was chosen — The same is true of what I meant when I said it made it more difficult for me. I was simply referring to the fact that sometimes I feel it is difficult to make my point with my message that fashion should not determine your sexual orientation.”
“I’m not anti-homophobic…why would a homophobic person wear a skirt and high heels?” He said. Brian’s representatives did not immediately respond to request for comment.
“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt…” she said, according to a translation of Pink News: “However, you cannot separate your desire to be a straight cis man in skirts and heels from the fact that gay people fought for it to be acceptable. in the first place “.
“Blaming gay people for homophobia — while reaping the rewards of their fight — is a very good example of the importance of knowing your history,” Jacobs said.