Meyer has found acceptance in a surprising place: church
Early on in his journey, he started out trying to get funding to support himself. Companies didn't want to sponsor him, though, whether it was because he was gay or because he didn't have an established social media following, he says, and crowdfunding returned far less money than he expected -- no matter how many times major news outlets did stories on him or local newspapers put him on their front page. One former boss gave him an idea: sing for your supper.
Meyer has sung professionally with the National Cathedral's choir in Washington, DC, and his father was a Lutheran pastor, so it's a logical fit. He passes through towns on his travels and frequently stops by their churches to tell his story, sing for their congregations, and receive donations if the faithful feel charitable. Remarkably, it doesn't stop there, either.
"I started doing that, and all the churches started asking me to preach," he says. "As this pastor's kid who swore he'd never become a pastor, I now find myself every Sunday -- literally -- in a pulpit preaching."
In that forum, he talks about how he struggled with that his belief -- well into his mid-20s -- that he'd go to hell for being something he didn't choose, growing up gay and Christian generally, and specifically the intricacies of growing up gay as the son of a major religious figure in his region. If representation is a thorny issue in the popular media, it becomes exponentially more dire when it comes to religious groups who don't accept gay people for who they are. Meyer's mission is to teach that acceptance.
He also can't help laugh while talking about it. It's not only become another way to educate and inspire people interested in his trip, but also a weekly reminder of why he's doing it in the first place. It makes him think about his father constantly.
"I know my dad is in heaven laughing so hard," he says. "Because he's like: Gotcha!"