Back in 2000 – as the world refused to shut down for Y2K – a singer named Fiona Apple topped the pop charts.
One day, after a concert, a fan named Bill Magee approached Fiona and handed her a letter. The letter was about his school’s gay-straight alliance and asked Fiona if she would mind replying with a sentence or two of encouragement or support of the group.
Keep in mind that this was before Lady Gaga – and other name-brand celebrities – made it trendy to support the LGBT community.
The next week, Fiona sent Bill an amazingly beautiful letter.
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know is I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a Good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
P.S. Right on for doing this, Bill
What a graceful definition of love.
If you have a tendency to skim over extended quotes – as I do – let me re-emphasize part of Fiona’s letter. She said, “…goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it.”
That’ll preach. In fact, it once did…
Jesus taught us that “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
Dear friends, let us therefore love one another in the full freedom that comes from knowing our homosexuality can also be holy sexuality.