Today’s Gay Pride Video is from Tevin Campbell who came out after being arrested for soliciting an undercover policeman in the late 90s. A lot of people try to shame Tevin Campbell for that when his name comes up, but that’s real life. He grew up singing gospel music in the church, had been in the public eye since his early teens, and had a lot on his shoulders. He couldn’t very well meet a nice guy out and about and ask him on a date, and many gay men in that kind of situation reach for any sort of connection they can find, even if that means hooking up in the bushes. Stories like Tevin’s are especially important because that’s what gay pride is all about, our right to live openly and pursue happiness the same as anyone else. Tevin wouldn’t’ve needed to look for affection in dark corners if society hadn’t made him feel there was something wrong with being gay in the first place.
Aside from all that….Tevin could SANG couldn’t he?! I also wonder if he had any input in picking his leading lady because homegirl is really wearing that short hair. I mean, I know baggy clothes were the thing back in the early 90s, but y’all know I’ve been seen lolling around behind a hot butch lesbian a time or two. Not saying that was Tevin’s goal, but I did raise an eyebrow.
Edit: It has been brought to my attention that Tevin did not actually come out and when asked about his sexuality, he goes all around the mulberry bush to avoid answering it. (x)
I guess being comfortably & openly gay still has a ways to go.
This is still one of my favorite songs of the 80s, mostly because Helen Terry is a primary reason why Colour By Numbers was so amazing. Can you imagine this song or “Victims” or “It’s a Miracle” without her on backgrounds? It would be like TLC without Debra Killings.
The 80s were such a magical decade. Everything was flamboyant, brightly colored, and outrageous for no reason. Boy George wasn’t officially out — but who didn’t know? By now we all know that many of Culture Club’s songs were about his relationship with drummer Jon Moss, but back then he was just the androgynous lead singer of America’s favorite British New Wave band and everybody was cool with it.
Considering the conservative nature of the Reagan years, it was a pretty special time for music.
Gay pride weekend is almost here in NYC, so I’m gonna post a video by a gay artist every day this week. Melissa Etheridge is first because, even though Conservative America likes to only take images from pride parades of men gyrating almost-naked, lesbians exist too.
Melissa came out publicly in January 1993, and “Come to My Window” was her first big test on whether she could still be a rockstar and an out lesbian. This song became one of her signature hits, earning her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Plus, it’s a really good song to sing in the shower, especially when your roommate is away on vacation, and I took full advantage this morning.