It’s sort of an exploration of music and spirituality, music and social change.We go into academic settings, community settings, churches, or places of worship, and we do these programs and talk about that.” (I had no vocabulary for what I was feeling inside.) The other part was this pride that there is a place for somebody like me, and this is a celebration, and it was very stirring and encouraging to have people who were all out loud about it.I was quite young, and I remember it was as clear as day…I was about 17 or 18.
If you’re a fan of the iconic musical duo, Indigo Girls, then like me, you have a version of yourself that you can’t help but launch straight back to the very second you hear the first note of one of their vintage songs.So once I stepped out of my fear, it was actually not a problem at all. KW: Amy said you just opened up, and she was so surprised and thought, “Where is this coming from? But when they do, it’s kind of like “the truth will set you free.” There was no fear after that. I do believe that if you can find ways to help your courage, it helps everybody for people to come out. It is better for everyone when people come out, but I totally respect the struggle.Amy never had any issues with it, and I just had to work through some fears, and then it was just like “Oh, ok, here we go,” and it wasn’t even a big deal. ” ES: Now that you’re mentioning it, the vague memory is coming clearer. KW: Do you have any advice for GLBT people that are struggling to come out? I was fortunate to have a family that didn’t disown me, and I went to a progressive church…I would say to seek out as much support as you can. It was easier for me than it was for a lot of people.All those things, those differences from the very beginning, have worked to our advantage and kept it interesting for us and I think for our fans as well. For me, it’s like I get to live this whole other musical life. It’s not as natural (though I would like it to be more so) for me to write a rock song as it is for Amy. KW: Speaking of different personalities, in our past interview with Amy, she said that you two struggled with the decision to come out until you suddenly opened up in a press conference around 1991 with some college press. My fear was that there would be a stigma, we would be marginalized, and of course all that was true.KW: Did you ever have a moment where you thought, “We’re just too different. So when I sing her songs, I get to live that musical life. But it just became obviously more important—we had such a large support from the lesbian community and the gay community before we were signed, when we were a bar band—it became much more important to become part of the movement, the evolution of civil rights of queer people.