Is Tom Robinson Gay? Early Life, Career and Everything You Need to Know!

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Thomas Giles Robinson (born June 1, 1950) is a British singer-songwriter, bassist, radio host, and long-time LGBT rights activist best known for his Tom Robinson Band’s singles “Glad to Be Gay,” “2-4-6-8 Motorway,” and “Don’t Take No for an Answer.” With his solo single “War Baby,” he reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Early Years

On June 1, 1950, tom robinson was born into a middle-class Cambridge family. Between 1961 through 1967, he attended Friends’ Institution, Saffron Walden, a co-ed, privately funded Quaker school. At school, he was a member of The Inquisition, a guitar trio. Robinson has a sister, Sophy, and two brothers, Matthew (a former BBC executive producer) and George.

Robinson discovered he was gay at the age of 13 when he fell in love with another kid at school. Male homosexual behaviour was a crime in England until 1967, and it was punishable by imprisonment. At the age of 16, he had a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide.

He was relocated to Finchden Manor, a therapeutic community in Kent for teens with emotional problems, by a head teacher, where he spent the next six years. Robinson was inspired at the community by John Peel’s The Perfumed Garden on pirate Radio London, as well as a visit from Alexis Korner.

Using only his voice and an acoustic guitar, the famed bluesman and broadcaster mesmerized an audience. Robinson’s entire life and career path became crystal plain to him all of a sudden.

Tom Robinson Is He Gay?

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Despite identifying as gay, Robinson has had previous relationships with women and claims to have always said that he enjoyed both men and women. He now considers himself bisexual, but in the past he used the term ‘gay,’ which is interchangeable with ‘queer,’ to refer to the broader LGBT population. He considered the term “bisexual” to be a cop-out.

Robinson met Sue Brearley, the woman with whom he would eventually live and have two children, and subsequently marry, at a 1982 benefit party for London’s Gay Switchboard help-line.

When Robinson became a father in the mid-1990s, the tabloids aired articles about what they perceived to be a sexual orientation shift, with headlines like “Britain’s Number One Gay in Love with Girl Biker!” (The Sunday People).

Robinson maintained his gay identity, telling The Guardian’s interviewer, “I have far more sympathy with bisexuals now, but I am certainly not one.” “Our adversaries do not distinguish between gay and bisexual,” he added.

Robinson stated in a 1994 interview with The Boston Globe newspaper: “For the past 20 years, we’ve been battling for tolerance, and I’ve advocated for individuals to be able to love whomever they want.

That is what we are discussing: tolerance, liberty, and freedom—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So, if someone refuses to grant me the same tolerance I’ve been fighting for them, well, that’s their problem, not mine.”

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Professional Career of Tom Robinson

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In 1973, Robinson traveled to London and joined the acoustic group Café Society.

Ray Davies of The Kinks was so taken with them that he signed them to his Konk label and produced their debut album. According to Robinson, Davies’ other commitments slowed down the recording process, and he left the band after only 600 copies of the album were sold.

At London’s Nashville Rooms, the Tom Robinson Band was performing when Davies entered and cruelly sang The Kinks’ song “Tired of Waiting for You.” The nasty Kinks song “Prince of the Punks” was Davies’ response to Robinson.

In 1982, Robinson penned the song “War Baby” on the divisions between East and West Germany for his debut solo album North by Northwest, which he co-produced with producer Richard Mazda.

His career was restarted when “War Baby” reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart and lasted three weeks at the top of the UK Indie Chart.

His second single, “Listen to the Radio: Atmospherics,” which he co-wrote with Peter Gabriel, debuted at No. 39 on the UK Singles Chart and was recorded by Pukka Orchestra in 1984, bringing him more money. The Pukkas’ version, “Listen to the Radio,” reached the top 20 in Canada.

He released “Only The Now” in October 2015, his first new album in two decades. Billy Bragg, Ian McKellen, and Lee Forsyth Griffiths were among the cast members.

It was co-written by Gerry Diver, a multi-instrumentalist and award-winning producer, and released on his own Castaway Northwest Recordings.

Tom promoted the album by appearing at a number of festivals during the summer, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Wickham, and Green Man. In September, he headlined a gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, which was followed by a 15-city tour in October and November.

Robinson received a BASCA Gold Badge that same month. It was given to him in honour of his outstanding contribution to British music.

In late 2018 and early 2019, Robinson filled in for Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker on his Sunday show Sounds of the Seventies.

Robinson will embark on a 22-date UK “70th Birthday Tour” with a five-piece band in 2020 after a four-night solo acoustic tour.

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