Dire straights 

Long Story Short

Coming out to family and friends has never been the easiest of choices, especially for a high school student with a religious upbringing.

As she explains in our cover story (which begins here), Mary Lambert waited until the same month Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" was released.

Today, she's known for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' gay anthem "Same Love" and performing on this year's Grammy telecast.

There was a time, of course, when all this seemed unimaginable.

From Little Richard to Liberace, Freddie Mercury to Morrissey, countless celebrities have denied rumors of homosexuality. Even Tchaikovsky, more than a century after his death, remains controversial, with Russia's culture minister declaring last year that the composer was really just a lonely man.

Meanwhile, the transgender community is mostly treated as a novelty. Lambert's current tourmate Matt Nathanson makes a cross-dresser's revelation the surprise ending of his "Kinks Shirt" video, as did Neil Jordan's The Crying Game and the Kinks' "Lola" decades ago.

And bisexuals aren't much better off. As Jill Sobule, who had a hit called "I Kissed a Girl" in the mid-'90s, once told The Advocate, "Both gays and straights are prejudiced against us."

The less optimistic might be led to conclude that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Fortunately, that's not true. It's just that progress can take a really long time.

Readers also liked…


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Long Story Short

Popular Events

  • Microaggression Training (Get Involved)

    • Fri., Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m.
  • Public Meeting to Explore Topics Related to Areas Surrounding the USAFA @ Library 21c

    • Free, RSVP required
  • Protect Our Healthcare Rally @ Acacia Park

    • Sat., Feb. 25, 2-4 p.m.
  • Friends of Monument Valley Park Annual Meeting @ First Lutheran Church

  • Solarize the Springs Coffee Event @ Wild Goose Meeting House

Recent Comments

All content © Copyright 2017, The Colorado Springs Independent   |   Website powered by Foundation