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Friday, June 01, 2007


Gay and Lesbian Pride Audio Post: She's That Kind of Woman

June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and we kick off the month with a 1967 tune entitled "She's That Kind of Woman." A love song, it's not the most political gay-themed song in my collection, but it is perhaps the most beautiful, and the one that has gotten the most frequent play over the years. I dedicate it to my many lesbian and gay friends, relatives, and readers.

The artists, Jade and Sarsaparilla (Janet Hood and Linda Langford), are so obscure they don't even have a Wikipedia entry (now that's obscure these days!); this site selling old albums was one of the few references to them on the entire Internet (the others were playlists from lesbian radio shows). Their collaborator, who wrote or co-wrote many of the songs on their album (including "She's That Kind of Woman"), was Bill Russell. He has had a longer and more illustrious career, including Tony nominations and being the writer of the "official anthem of the Gay Games."

I was lucky enough to hear Jade and Sarsaparilla perform live on Cape Cod (where they were based) back in '67, which is presumably where I bought the album (their only album). Here's your chance to enjoy it.

And for bonus political content, we note that just yesterday, New Hampshire became the fourth state in the U.S. to allow same-sex civil unions. As the article notes, it was only in 1987, certainly not that long ago, that the same state legislature had outlawed same-sex marriages. Things can and do change.

Update: And in today's news, California has just changed its regulations (in response to a lawsuit) and become the first state to allow conjugal visits for gay and lesbian prisoners (registered domestic partners only).


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