Lady Gaga's hotly anticipated single "Born This Way" finally debuted today, and whether you love it or hate it or feel pretty sure you already heard it in 1989 when it was released as Madonna's "Express Yourself," the song is not only burning up the airwaves, it's generating a lot of discussion about what it means to the gay community.
With lyrics like "Don't be a drag, just be a queen," "God makes no mistakes," and "No matter gay, straight, or bi/Lesbian, transgendered life/I'm on the right track, baby," Gaga's created a very clever piece of music that speaks to universal diversity and acceptance—while neatly stepping into a position of being declared this generation's most powerful gay anthem.
(Vogue's already done this, by the way, describing the song as "destined to be the anthem of every gay-pride event for the next 100 years.")
Standing firmly behind Lady Gaga's message is the Born This Way blog, a website that combines childhood photos with first-person essays on being gay. According to the site, it's a place for "gay adults (male and female) to submit pictures from their childhood (roughly ages 2 to 12) -- with snapshots that capture them, innocently, showing the beginnings of their innate LGBT selves."
I love the concept of this site, and had a lot of fun surfing through the entries. To me it seems a lot more powerful and interesting than the "princess boy" or "my son is gay" stories because here we have people revisiting their own childhood to share their stories—stories that benefit from the wisdom and experience they've gained from adulthood.
What do you think of the Born This Way blog?
Image via Lady Gaga