I don’t think I’ve seen any mention of this song (Hozier - “Take Me To Church”) on my dashboard yet which I find sort of baffling. This might be one of the most powerful music videos I’ve ever seen.
(Warning: contains intense scenes of homophobia and violence)
As the song is from a male singer and references a woman it didn’t occur to me that it could be used in this context until I heard a snippet of an interview with him talking about it on the radio (where, on my local station of choice anyway, the song has been getting a lot of play lately). His comments on it (such as here) seem to suggest that the song is essentially meant to be about sex and the church’s history of shaming people for their sexual desires, and “about asserting yourself and reclaiming your humanity through an act of love.” From what I understand, as a straight man (inferred from his comments) he’s using his own relationship with a female lover as a personal example in the lyrics but through this video wanted to take an opportunity to make a broader point in the context of anti-LGBTQ violence happening in Russia.
I know in the past these sort of pro-LGBTQ efforts by non-LGBTQ musicians has gotten some backlash, often for being inelegantly handled, but I really like what this guy has to say. (“You have to recognize in yourself, and challenge yourself, that if you see racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that society, you should challenge it. You owe it to the betterment of society.”)
There is constantly a need for diversity within the representations. It’s just as limiting to say there’s only one kind of gay story, just as it’s limiting to say there’s only one kind of straight one. As for how much being gay is central to the character’s identity or story — as in life that totally depends on who the character is and what he or she is going through. …
I think it’s dangerous to talk about ‘Oh, that character just happens to be gay’ as some kind of goal for us and our literature. The important thing is to show as much of the spectrum as possible, and to continue to investigate it.
Waste no time: 129 same-sex couples got married in the first five and a half hours of legal marriage equality in Wisconsin yesterday. Special shout-outs to the police officers who showed up at the state courthouse with makeshift wedding cake. (via the SF Gate)
In the wake of a federal ruling declaring Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that the Courthouse would remain open late Friday night to allow for same-sex marriages.
Today was an Epic day for Wisconsin. They Overturned the Gay Marriage Ban! Which is awesome!
What’s even more awesome is that my dad (whose a Judge for Milwaukee County) immediately cleared the rest of his afternoon and drove from Children’s Court (where he currently is a judge) downtown to to the court house to help out with the first Same Sex Marriages! According to him He preformed the official 5th Wedding in the state today! And when I called him on my break at work to freak out (yes he got chocked up when I called.) he said that they currently at 50 couples waiting (it was 630 Milwaukee time) and they just got approval to stay there till 9pm, and we was going to stay till at lest then.
The amount of pride and happiness that all this brings me is just awesome. I’m getting misty just typing this now.
Congrats Wisconsin! I didn’t think you’d catch up to this century ever…
That’s so awesome that your dad got to be a part of it. Internet hugs all around! On Wisconsin!