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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 06:32 PM
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18. I've got a right to wear heels!
Edited on Sat Jul-17-04 06:46 PM by Bertha Venation
I came out at twenty three
and this surprised my friends
"they can't be gay," they'd say
"you wear your hair too long
and you like dresses and makeup
and you polish your nails
-- and you don't even like sports"

but I am a lesbian, dammit!
so, I cut, cut, cut my hair
and I bought myself a new pair of blue jeans
I cut, cut, cut my nails
and I learned how to play a mean game of softball
-- shortstop!

and then, one day: I had a revelation!

~snip~

Well, shit. I wish I could remember the rest of the song. It's a duet for women called "I've Got A Right To Wear Heels," and was written by -- Christ, I can't even remember the guy's name. Steve someone. Anyway, you get the gist of it: we lesbians aren't supposed to be femmy. Well, bullshit!

The words were taken from the coming-out story of a member of the South Coast Chorale, as were all of the words for all of the songs in a show written for us called "OUT!" It was my second-favorite show in seven years with that chorus.

Of course, we couldn't have done this song without adding a little extra camp: near the end, one of the guys breaks out of the chorus and splits up the duet and sings, "Listen, sister, I know how it feels: I've got a right to wear heels!"

What wonderful memories.

Anyway, thanks for letting me use your thread to share a memory.

What's my take on heels? Screw anyone who deigns to tell you what you're "supposed to" wear! Dress for yourself and no one else.

edited -- got some of the words wrong
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