at this point not to know,” she says.
Much like Miami, Los Angeles is an active battlefield for
achieving LGBT equality. To this end, Myers has
participated in the No H8 Campaign, a response to the
passing of proposition 8 last year. In addition, Myers
performed at the first National Equality March just a few
months ago in Washington D.C.
She says, “I wouldn’t call myself an activist. That titles falls to people such as Cleve
Jones, Barbara Gittings, David Mixner, Judy Shepard, Diane Abbitt. Equality is the goal
and I hope I can be of some use helping that along, whether it is fundraising, petition
signing, marching or speaking out.”
Myers’ modesty is exemplary. To push for things that are not self-serving is a difficult
one in the entertainment industry. Still, Myers’ desire is to somehow make a dent in the
process with the help of friends and others who believe that equality is a
comprehensive right, not a selective one.
Moving forward, Myers highlights two critical humps the LGBT community must
surmount. Much like many equality groups around the nation have pointed out, there
exists a covert discrimination of heterosexism. If this is not addressed, then “our”
message will continue to “be lost in translation.” Furthermore, Myers pushes for a
strong realization that Christianity has set the parameters for equality and must be
Many times, the music industry pushes artists to think
about their own success, rather than championing
causes that are bigger for an entire community. Artists
like Myers have been able to take their success and
passion not only to achieve their personal goals, but
also push for causes that will change the lives of
thousands over time.
In the end, that is the ultimate power of the arts
– particularly music – to motivate and move
folks into reacting, feeling, or acting. Most of
the time this is done in personal seclusion, but
few times, as is the case with Myers, this
movement is expansive and far more public.
With a large LGBT audience, Myers’ music will
continue to be respected and honored both for
her talents and the juxtaposition of a
movement we hope can change the face of
civil rights for everyone, everywhere.
For more information about Billie Myers or her
discography, please visit www.billiemyers.com
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BILLIE MYERS | A Musician Without Labels
by Vanessa Brito
Billie Myers is a Los Angeles based musician whose work has sparked the interest of
the LGBT community across the nation. One of her most popular songs, “Kiss the
Rain,” is moving and indicative of a woman whose voice is meant to move people.
While Myers’ audience is strongly supported by the LGBT community, her music is
broadly consuming – capturing the support of second generation folks who are looking
for something a little less mainstream and with a bit more emotion.
Her first album “Growing Pains” is a natural representation of Myers first leap into the
recording world. This album was the gateway for Myers’ following two records – the
most recent, Tea & Sympathy (released September 2009).
By name, “Tea & Sympathy” also pushes this unconventional approach to music,
something that for most of us is refreshing in lieu of many of the cliché titles we have
seen pop up in the last few years.
Interestingly, “Tea & Sympathy” rose out of disappointment with a past lover. As is the
case with most romantic let downs, greater things always blossom. For Myers, “Tea &
Sympathy” was it.
Though Myers is not fond of labels – except
record labels, I’m sure – she is openly bisexual
and a champion for LGBT equality in her own
way. Still, for Myers, “it doesn’t really matter…
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I sing and write music,
so the impact [her]
sexuality has in the real
world is minimal.”
With Myers there is no
life-changing coming out
story. It just happened,
really. From dating a
man one day to dating a
woman the other, Myers
never announced her
sexuality – nor did she
hide it. The entire thing
seemed like a very
natural transgression –
not thinking twice about
what anyone would think
or how anyone would
“As it regards my family,
they have never brought it
up and neither have I, but
they would have to be
blind, deal, and dumb