Sherri Gray, a 72-year-old grandmother of eight, says that her song “(What If We Are) Just Like You?/Shannon and Lisa’s Song,” in honour of her niece’s engagement to a woman, is the product of “divine intervention.” The divinity is a little too mushy for my taste, but Gray’s voice is as sweet as her message.
"I’m not an activist, but I get goddamn mad by narrow-mindedness and prejudice and crazy stuff,” Gray told Gay Star News. “My belief is who are we to say what is a soul? What color, what gender, what nationality is a soul? How can we put a label on anybody? I’m not a religious nut but I think the universe, God, someone said ‘OK here you go kiddo, here’s another song.’ It just came to me. [The song] is not just for all LGBT people, as there are a heck of a lot of people who love folks who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We’re not all crazy, we’re not all nutjobs, and we don’t hate all LGBT people."
Gray’s niece and her fiancée called the song “the best wedding gift ever” and asked Gray to perform it at their reception.
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