Some 20 years after he first came out publicly as a gay man, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford said in a new interview with Noisey that the struggle for true equality continues. Halford said he was encouraged over the years by the response he got from fans after coming out. Halford first proclaimed his sexuality in a 1998 interview with MTV, although it had been an open secret in the music industry for years. Halford and Priest are enjoying a renewed burst of recognition this year with the band’s nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the release of their 18th studio album, Firepower, their most acclaimed effort in years.