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'Queen', a Ballad in Honor of the Victims of Anti-LGBT Violence: VIDEO


In a new video, two-time Tony-nominee Robin De Jesus performs "Queen", a song written by Blake Pfeil (on keyboard) for 2013 New York City Pride in honor of the victims of anti-LGBT violence. Cellist Bobbie L. Crow, III of the iconiQ String Quartet, joins them.

Broadway World writes:

The video was recorded live at the Gibson Showroom in New York City on Thursday, June 20th, 2013. LA drag queen star Laganja Estranja and her alter ego, LA-based choreographer Jay Jackson, are the inspiration behind "Queen."

"I grew up scared of myself," says Pfeil. "After the recent amplified publicity regarding anti-LGBT violence in New York City and across the country, I woke up one morning and said, 'This is outrageous. Someone needs to say something, do something.' I have so many friends and colleagues who grew up and still are afraid of themselves. It's 2013 -- that's not right."

Pfeil cites Laganja Estranja and Jackson as his inspiration and role model on how to live a life unafraid. "I wrote this song about her, and about him [Jay], and for everyone out there who is afraid. Hatred and violence didn't stop those guys sitting in the Stonewall back in 1969 from fighting back, and it sure as hell shouldn't stop any of us now. I think that's part of the mentality we have to keep in focus."

The video was produced by produced and directed by filmmaker Ben Cadwallader.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Beautiful but the piano was too loud.

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Jun 25, 2013 1:22:13 PM

  2. glorious

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 25, 2013 1:35:27 PM

  3. I don't really see anything that gay men with a normal masculine demeanor have to be afraid of.

    And recording songs will do nothing to make effeminate, woman-idolizing behavior acceptable among men, anywhere. In fact, nothing will....and such behavior will continue to be met with the kind of reaction it has always been met with.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 25, 2013 1:56:56 PM

  4. yes. and that reaction is love and cheering, as evidenced by the throngs of people who aren't Bigotty Nitwits and line the Pride Parade routes with love and joy in their hearts :-)

    the song isn't called "Self-hating Closet Case Who Hates Effeminate Men Because He Has No Balls of His Own"

    the world is changing. you hate effeminate men and use that as your excuse to be a grown adult who won't come out.

    thankfully, the men you've been conditioned to hate don't live with that kind of cowardly fear. this coming week, in many cities, they'll be as Out and Proud as usual, only with the song of Pride in their hearts and ears :D

    all those effeminate gay men out having a blast, and all the "effeminacy-haters" sitting at home, alone, miserably being jealous that they're not secure enough to join in.

    happy pride, rick!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 25, 2013 2:04:21 PM

  5. Thanks for posting, Towleroad. Have a safe and happy Pride.


    xo Blake (guy who wrote the song)

    Posted by: Blake | Jun 25, 2013 2:19:29 PM

  6. good song ... is it professionally recorded anywhere?

    Posted by: Reality | Jun 26, 2013 1:05:31 AM

  7. Gorgeous, Blake! Thank you, thank you, thank you....

    Posted by: Marc | Jun 26, 2013 4:44:22 AM

  8. And Robin de Jesus performing.... stunning!

    Posted by: Marc | Jun 26, 2013 4:54:56 AM

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