In a short piece in Washington, DC’s METROWEEKLY magazine, Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend, Johnny Cash, comments on her own involvement in supporting the gay community and calls on straight people to be allies, too:
“I wrote a song about a gay couple,” says Rosanne Cash. “It’s called ‘Jim and George.'” The song was a donation to the gay Church of St. Luke in the Fields, with all proceeds from its sales benefiting the Greenwich Village parish’s LGBT and HIV/AIDS outreach programs. On the church’s website, Cash notes, “Love is Love, and love doesn’t contain itself within arbitrary borders of gender, orientation, race, nationality, creed or age.”
Indeed, the 58-year-old star has an extremely positive outlook toward gay and lesbian rights and the role of the straight world in helping to advance those. “You know who John Stuart Mill was?” she asks. “He was one of the only 19th century men who stood up for women’s rights, who thought that women should vote. He was vocal about it, and he was ridiculed and abused for it, yet he didn’t stop. I’ve always thought that straight people were morally bound to do that for gay and lesbians and for their rights. … I think it’s necessary.”
I hope this message falls on the ears of the country music industry of today.