Why Music Matters: Seattle resident Nathan Hotchkiss ‒ With Music, It Got Better

Seattle resident, Nathan Hotchkiss grew up in a tough situation. His parents forbid him from listening to anything but Christian music or Classical because of their religion. And on top of that, in his early teens he realized he is gay, even though his parent’s church called homosexuality an “abomination.” Nathan shares the story of his difficult upbringing, and how it got better.


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KEXP’s most recent “Big Gay Podcast” celebrating Gay Pride Month (June).

“It Gets Better” is a project created by Seattle’s own Dan Savage as a response to suicides by bullied gay students. It’s a way for supporters to encourage LGBT youth in hard situations to hang in there, and LGBT youth to hear the real life stories of people who’ve been through what they experience now.

Music used in this piece: “Ode to my family” and “Zombie” by The Cranberries, “Perfect” by Alanis Morisette.

There are more stories like this in the Why Music Matters series! Listen all you want.

Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, AIR’s Live Interactive Resident for Fall 2010. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering help by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

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