2013 seemed like the Year of Laverne Cox and, so far, 2014 appears to be heading in the same awesome direction. The actress, producer, reality star, and writer has been on the scene for a number of years, but skyrocketed to new heights of fame last summer when the world fell in love with Orange is the New Black and her trans character on the series, Sophia. Just as her role broadened dialogue about trans women of color’s experiences, Laverne is dedicated to rendering cultural change by uniquely uniting her mainstream visibility with hard-hitting social insights. Among the many contributions to trans equality she’s made, the most recent include standing closely by CeCe McDonald. Laverne brought attention to CeCe’s story, joined her this week for an hour-long conversation with Democracy Now, and is co-producing the documentary “FREE CECE.” Laverne is as emotionally stirring and thought provoking on screen as she is in her advocacy.
We’re excited to announce that Friday we’ll be featuring Robyn Ochs and Darkmatter with DJ A_Nok and DJ Sol Nova as our Queer Prom DJs. Saturday morning Jes Tom will be performing with our keynote delivered by Jiz Lee and Tristan Taormino.
March 7th and 8th at Hampshire College! Free! Spread the word!
[Intro] Hi Mom I’m really scared right now, but I have to
[Verse 1] At age thirteen, my mom knew I wasn’t straight She didn’t understand, but she had so much to say She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face And said you’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS It’s funny now, but at thirteen it was pain To be almost sure of who you are and have it ripped away And I’m sorry if it’s too real for some of you to fathom But hate for who you love is not exactly what you’d imagine And I guess it was disastrous Because everything that happened afterwards was just madness Locked away for two years to keep me on the inside Because she’d rather see a part of me die than me thrive And it’s tougher when it’s something you can’t deny And ignorance teaches us it’s something you decide You’re driven by your choices, an optical illusion Here’s to understanding it’s not always confusion
[Hook] And I can’t change even if I tried, even if I wanted to And I can’t change even if I tried, even if I wanted to My love, my love, my love She keeps me warm, she keeps me warm She keeps me warm, she keeps me warm
[Verse 2] I’ve walked the halls of my school And I’ve seen kids hide behind walls and footballs and things like pride I’ve seen innocent children suffer beneath bruises Suffer beneath every single hand that chooses Ignorance, fuck your religion Fuck constitutions, fuck superstitions There are no lakes of fire; they’re here on earth And the only thing to do is put love first And so I stand for the boy who died by his hand To the sound of his father screaming “woman loves man” This is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve And I stand for the girl with the cuts up her sleeve And the heart in her hand and a chip on her shoulder And I stand for it all until ignorance is over This is for you, for knowing who you are For never letting your magic outside of your heart Be you, be brave and understand that things do change I accept you for you when I don’t understand And I love you for you cause this is who I am I accepted you for you when I didn’t understand Now love me for me cause this is who I am
[Verse 3] Here’s a message to the people who just don’t get it Love is love, there is no difference Not a medication to fix it There is no prescription No rehab to visit, it is not an addiction It’s love and it’s selfless It’s yours and everybody else’s So don’t badger and abuse the solemnly defenseless See us as yourself, there’s no equality in difference Until we all get it, we’ll be drowning in the same blood Despite orientation, we all feel the same love We’ll be drowning in the same blood Despite orientation, we all feel the same love
[verse 4] We are boxed in and labeled Before we’re ever able to speak who we believe we are Or who we dream we’ll become Like drum beats forever changing their rhythm I am living today as someone I had not yet become yesterday And tonight I’ll only borrow pieces of who I am today To carry with me to tomorrow No, I’m not gay No, I’m not straight And I sure as hell am not bisexual Damn it I am whoever I am when I am it Loving whoever you are when the stars shine And whoever you’ll be when the sun rises So here’s to being able Here’s to love Here’s to loving just because Here’s to acceptance Here’s to never fearing the fear of rejection Here’s to love and never neglecting who you feel you are Here’s to bullies because beatings cannot last forever Heres’ to the moment you realize things do get better Here’s to the parents who will get it when its too late Here’s to second chances Here’s to new fate Here’s to every single moment you’ve ever had to hide you Here’s to the single star shining bright inside you, asking you to guide you Here’s to who you’ll be when you figure it all out Here’s to momentary doubt Here’s to feeling, because we all feel it the same Here’s to the moment that things will change Because we all feel love, we all feel it the same Here’s to love, here’s to change