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Growing up in conservative West Michigan, I watched lesbian and gay friends and family members struggle to be accepted and be treated equally. There are gains and losses in this fight every day, and it is vital for LGBT individuals and their straight allies to stand up and to pay attention.

28 March 2011

Lady GaGa's "Born This Way": A New Gay Anthem?

On several occasions I have fallen victim to the deliciously catchy "Born This Way," Lady GaGa's latest single. 

Many are calling "Born This Way" the new gay anthem, and that it might be. I love that there is a definite LGBTQ theme in a number one single, in the United States, no less. It shows that there has been some progress, at least (see the bottom of this post for her "Born This Way" music video).




Check out these lyrics:


I'm beautiful in my way

'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way
Don't hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way

...

Don't be a drag, just be a queen

Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to survive



Lady GaGa's Born This Way (Audio Only)




Lady GaGA  has used her position in the world to influence this policy quite a bit, and it could be argued that she has made a big difference.

I haven't heard any other major pop hit discuss sexuality in this way. I think more songs like this--more songs embracing gender ambiguity and alternate sexualities--should be integrated into popular music, and therefore into people' every day life. I've heard it numerous times that the laws, the legal issues, must be solved before acceptance can ever be achieved.

While the laws must be changed, we shouldn't have to wait for all the states to come around before we start demanding acceptance. 


Lady GaGa screamed for this issue. Will you?

What do you think? 


Lady GaGa at the National Equality March in DC


Lady GaGa's Odd--But Characteristic--"Born This Way" Music Video

Follow this link to witness GaGa's VERY interesting, inter-galactic, birth-of-a-new-race, unicorn-laden music video performance:




1 comment:

  1. I finally heard this song for the first time very recently. I am impressed that she has been so inclusive with her lyrics, that she has been outspoken about her beliefs in equality, and I appreciate that.
    The music video is crazy, haha.

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