Mary Lambert became the voice of a equality when last year, leading up to the moment when The United States Of America approved same sex marriage, Macklemore and Mary Lambert’s “Same Love” topped the charts. The song, featuring Mary’s heartwarming lyrics, became the soundtrack of change, a change so long longed for and a change that finally came.
Since then the self-proclaimed femme lesbian and body positive 24-year-old has become a great inspiration to people all over the world and it was with great admiration that I interviewed Mary Lambert for Climax Online.
“Same Love” won an MTV VMA Award for “Best Video with a Social Message”. How do you feel about being part of a song that in a way became the soundtrack to a huge win for equal rights in America?
It’s an honour. It will be an honour for the rest of my life. There are no words to explain. The amount of emails I receive about having changed people’s lives is so incredibly moving and has lit this amazing fire underneath me to want to do more.
There has been debate around certain artists tweeting about straight musicians essentially benefiting from songs about LGBT issues. How did you feel about recording a single about gay rights together with a straight man?
While I understand the point nay-sayers are trying to make, it does make me feel a little bummed out. Am I not gay enough to even be acknowledged that I wrote a major part of the song? Macklemore is an ally. His verses are written from his experience and his understanding of being an ally. While I think we still have a long way to go, it’s important to celebrate what steps are being taken. AND the fact a song about gay rights is nominated for a Grammy. A GRAMMY. That says less about us, and more about who we are, socially.
Where does your passion for writing and singing come from? What inspires you?
I have a lot of feelings and I need to get them out or else I’ll explode. I’m also really hungry for human connection, and I think music is the ultimate connector.
You’re a self-proclaimed femme lesbian. How important do you think it is to be out as musicians?
I know that being an out musician is right for me, but I more value the notion of being “out” in general. It’s interesting to talk to homophobic people for that reason- they think they don’t know any gay people. I believe that being out is the most effective way to rally against homophobia. For a public figure or someone that’s in the spotlight, I imagine it’s a more difficult journey. I am pretty biased, since my break-out song is about gay marriage. I’m just about living life honestly, whether it’s in my career or otherwise.
To read the rest of my interview with the wonderful Mary head to ClimaxOnline.co.uk…