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Patterson has never shied from admitting his sexual preference for men.But inspiration for his latest tune, “Don’t Touch Me,” stems from the sexual abuse he suffered as a 6-year-old, which he controversially blames for setting the course of his homosexuality.(Proceeds from the song benefit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.) Below, EBONY: speaks with Rahsaan Patterson about the origins of his single. Rahsaan Patterson: The idea to record a song for the organization RAINN was proposed to me, and I thought it was necessary to do.
At this point in time, I don’t feel the need to go in detail about it.
But the acceptance that comes with that is very different for women than it is for men. RP: I think ultimately it may come down to the pride that men have, and the fears of exposing who they really are as opposed to the images that we have to live up to.
And the persona that we’re supposedly supposed to live up to.
RP: It can be, but I think the difference between the great ones is that thing that allows them to communicate truthfully and still present a reality that might be harsh.
There’s a way to shade it to where it’s palatable at the same time.
In 2008, BET J awarded the singer Underground Artist of the Year.