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National Equality March Song Competition Finalists: Vote Now!

September 24, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Community Outreach, Featured, LGBT Action Alerts

NEmThe National Equality March is fast approaching.  Organizers launched the National Equality March Song Contest weeks ago and four finalists have been chosen and I must say the finalists are as diverse as our community.  In them you’ll here the influence of show tunes, blues, jazz and new age.

Here’s your chance to vote for your favorite. Voting will end at 5:00 p.m. PST on October 1, 2009.  You may vote via YouTube or Facebook simply by rating the song on YouTube or giving it a thumbs up/thumbs down on Facebook.

Congratulations to all finalists.  Great songs!

“Stand for Love” by Toby Madigan:

“Courage of Our Convictions” by Julie Cox:

“Equality” by Todd Fernandez:

“Our Time Has Come” by Sean Chapin:

Songs of Hope and Laughter for LGBTQ People

December 12, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

I spend a lot of time on this blog focusing on the horrible things people say about homosexuals and the hateful and spiteful acts against homosexuals happening throughout the nation and the world. Sometimes, I have to take a break and look for signs of hope. In so doing, I came across a few videos I would like to share.

Sean Chapin’s Original Song “United We Love” – an anthem for the equal rights movement born from the passage of gay-marriage bans in the United States during the 2008 election. Should I ever be given the right to marry the man I have loved for the past 11 years, this will be my wedding song. I’ve watched this video about 5 times in the last 24 hours. It both makes me sad and happy – but most importantly, it reminds me that I am hopeful for a brighter tomorrow.

United We Love, by Sean Chapin:

Mandy Steckleberg Hates Everyone , but she Loves the Gays. Her song, “I Love the Gays” takes a much more lighthearted look (she is a comedian after all) at the gay marriage issue than Sean Chapin’s song (above). This song was released before American’s decided other American’s weren’t good enough.

My favorite thing about this video is its ability to stereotype homosexuals and still make me laugh myself silly while simultaneously wondering if I can get the hot guy’s phone number.

I Love the Gays, by Mandy Steckleberg:

Oded Gross uses satire to confront the argument that gay marriage would destroy the sanctity of marriage in this song titled “It’s All Because (The Gays Are Getting Married)”. The video is well put together and even has a heterosexual man slapping the ice cream out of a small child’s hands – the audacity! Yeah… I laughed, particularly at the “Dick” reference – as in Cheney. I also love the fact that the argument regarding the sanctity of marriage is so seemlessly satirized. Really??? Is the argument so bad that just by putting the argument into a song it takes on a satirical sort of whine?

It’s All Because (The Gays Are Getting Married), by Oded Gross: