So back to this little folk song (Jesus was a Fag) recently performed in Vancouver. I have to admit that I am still not very fond of people using the word FAG. I know we're reclaiming it for our community and using it in a way that's meant to 'empower,' but I just don't like the word. Simple as that. But after watching her sing a few times and then reading the lyrics, I understand why she uses it and the point she's hoping to make.
My favourite lyrics are these:
(This is supposed to be God speaking to some Christian parents with a gay son)
"Yunnow, once you know a gay person, the whole idea of homosexuality
becomes much less of this big, scary, unknown thing,
that steals your women, and corrupts your children,
and much more of an 'oh, that explains a little more about you'
and 'I'm glad you're discovering what makes you happy.'"
I like and appreciate that sentiment. It's completely honest and true.
Maybe calling Jesus a fag is a bit jarring, and maybe a lot of people will be pissed at me for even choosing to write about this and bring some attention to this artist and her song. But if there's one thing I've learned in my few years here on this planet it's that if people don't pay attention, don't care and don't talk about things that make them uncomfortable, then we'll never have the opportunity to change and grow. I believe that's what Jaimie Kendal-Ward was thinking when she wrote the song and I hope that many more people get to hear it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions...just be nice. I'm feeling a bit fragile with these new rainy winter days.
*The song was written and recorded by Jaimie, at home, and is not affiliated with Cafe Deux Soleils.