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Singer-Songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs: 'I am Super Gay'


Singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs came out of the closet in a blog post today.

Said Owen Youngs:

I’m writing to tell you, among other things, that I am super gay. This may or may not come as a surprise to you. If it does: Surprise! If it does not: You were right all along! Either way: Hooray!

I didn’t want to come out. I don’t want coming out to be a thing that anyone has to do.

A short list of things I’d rather be doing than “thinking about being gay” includes (but is not limited to) writing a song, reading a book, climbing a tree, dancing a jig, and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the zillionth time. Don’t get me wrong - I think it is in the best interest of everyone to strive for a greater understanding of the self. I just wish that being gay (or transgender, or asexual, or fill-in-the-blank here) was as unremarkable to the masses as being left-handed or blonde.

In a perfect world, nobody would have to experience any of the negative side-effects of figuring out that you’re gay, which can include feeling confused, shameful, afraid, lost, or alone. In a perfect world, everyone could just like who they like, and get on with it.

Spoiler alert: We do not live in a perfect world.

Owen Youngs also announced she's marrying her girlfriend Kristin Russo.

Watch Owen Youngs video, "F**k Was I", AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "Super Gay"? Does this mean she fights evil homosexuals? Perez Hilton better watch his @$$.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 12, 2013 11:35:11 AM

  2. "I just wish that being gay (or transgender, or asexual, or fill-in-the-blank here) was as unremarkable to the masses as being left-handed or blonde."

    Okay, it's great she's out. But I am tired of LGBT people, freshly out or not, hoping for the day when queerness becomes unremarkable. African Americans, Latino people, and others, don't predicate an entire equal-rights movement on the notion that they are unremarkable and that a perfect world their identity would melt away as a distinctive characteristic. Why should queer people default to that notion? As politically useful as it is, I feel that we when we promulgate this attitude--and we all do it--we need to look hard at our motives.

    Posted by: David Groff | Jun 12, 2013 11:38:44 AM

  3. And what would, what coud our motives be David? In fact it's not about motives at all, but merely a sensible wish to be, in this case, left alone about our sexuality.
    It may be too much to ask now, but that won't always be the case. In the meantime she sounds a little too cavilear about it for our time yet even that may be a kind of progress, perhaps even leadership.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 12, 2013 12:04:16 PM

  4. Super gay...is that one better than gay?

    Posted by: danswon | Jun 12, 2013 12:11:05 PM

  5. Man, I wish I was super gay instead of the plain 'ol regular gay.

    How do I get an upgrade?

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 12, 2013 12:27:36 PM

  6. Who is this? Is being gay a talent now???

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 12, 2013 12:32:21 PM

  7. Who is Alan Brickman? Does getting attention for one alias warrant coming up with five others to spew the same trolling crap?

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 12, 2013 12:52:52 PM

  8. If we were lesbians would we have a clue who this is...

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jun 12, 2013 2:37:22 PM

  9. Love her!

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 12, 2013 4:39:33 PM

  10. Jenny, I <3 you! You just gained a new fan.

    And to all you catty b*tches.... eff off, darlings. You are tired, uninteresting and have no relevance to this conversation. Have a lovely day. :-)

    Posted by: Marc | Jun 13, 2013 6:27:42 AM

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