From today's vantage point, you won't miss how gay they are, but I had managed to miss them all. A gay college student named Matthew Shepard had recently been beaten, tied to a Wyoming fence, and left to die. Follow Email More articles. He once did this and once won thisbut he also once crashed his bike into a parked car while on his way to a staff meeting, never mind thisso… His website, which probably hasn't been updated in a while, is www. Stephin Merritt has a deep, fetchingly weary voice, and lyrics at once intellectual and hot. Take "Andy's Chest" or any number of other Lou Reed songs.
I knew what Merritt was talking about.
The First Gay Pop Song I Ever Heard
They were gay, and at the same time they were universal—which was an incredibly tough-minded and optimistic statement to make in On side two of that album: Everyone gets it ridiculously, terribly wrong sometimes. Follow Email More articles. I had never heard anything like Merritt's songs before—or, at least, I'd never realized that I had.
It would be five years before gay marriage was legal in any US state. I graduated from college in New York, came back home to Seattle, began letting people know I was gay, and listened to a lot of music by the Magnetic Fields. When I listen today, I realize Merritt was also trying to warn me of something difficult and true: Merritt's music helped me get there. F irst, understand that the year was This Week's Issue Print Archives. He once did this and once won thisbut he also once crashed his bike into a parked car while on his way to a staff meeting, never mind thisso… His website, which probably hasn't been updated in a while, is www.