this song was written a year ago about my relationship and the frustration of being stuck in a stalemate. we were both refusing to be vulnerable. nobody wanted to be the first to put down the proverbial gun. over time, we’ve learned how to create a safe space for ourselves and each other, and now we can talk about so many more scary and triggering feelings than we ever could before because we are seeing each other and hearing each other authentically. it’s powerful. and that is no different than where we are as a country and as a society.
the attack in orlando was an act of terror and hatred against gay people, and it was also an attack on freedom and authenticity. it’s not about guns per se, but guns represent protection. we feel like we need to be protective because we don’t feel safe. we don’t feel safe because we don’t understand. and we don’t understand because we aren’t communicating honestly and vulnerably. having interactions and conversations with people who are different than we are is the way we challenge ourselves to grow. it’s how we discover new things. it’s how we change. that’s what we need more of in our government, and that’s what we need more of in this country among our people.
that being said, as a gay person, it’s wonderful to see all of us rising up in our beautiful skins, just as we are, living openly and bravely. I’m encouraged by the strength and love I’ve seen in the wake of this tragedy, and I hope this song will help to empower and encourage others in moving forward from here.