From the recording Let Love be the Way

Let Love bet the Way is the second song I composed for Out at School, an arts-based research project I'm involved with at OISE, University of Toronto. Out at School a multi-media verbatim monologue theatre production based on interviews conducted with LGBTQ+ families and youth about their experiences in Ontario public schools. You can find more about Out at School and the LGBTQ Families Speak Out project here: www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca 

Lyrics

Let Love be the Way - Kate ReidMay 2018Hey there, hello, you don’t know meAnd I don’t know youBut I have a question or twoThought I’d turn the tables On youWhat's it like to walk down the street with your partner And never wonder “what if”?To know that wherever you go togetherYou’re safe because your love blends in?
Could you imagine being unexpected, unforeseenIn the grand scheme of things? Then have to reveal yourself, describe and define your loveYour children, your family?Chorus:What would it take to let love be the wayCould you listen to people and raise them up? Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”Be inspired instead of afraid? How would it feel to live two separate livesTo hide your true self away? To have to conform to someone else’s arbitrary rulesAnd always be asked to explain?Have you ever had to carve out a space for yourselfBecause there was no room for you?Imagine there were only five choices to line up at schoolLGBT and Q?
Chorus:What would it take to let love be the wayCould you listen to people and raise them up? Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”Be inspired instead of afraid?
Have you ever had to try and justify your bodyTo people you’ve never metOr tried to translate yourself into someone else’s languageTo make yourself legible?Do you have to defend which public bathroom you use? Have you ever thought about that? And felt them attempt to decipher your intentionsWhile you’re standing there washing your hands?Have you ever been told that you don’t know who you areYour pronouns are wrong, they don’t match, they’re grammatically incorrect, Your name is wrong, your clothes are wrong, your hair is wrongYour feelings are wrong, your love is wrongYou are wrong? Chorus:What would it take to let love be the wayCould you listen to people and raise them up? Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”Be inspired instead of afraid? What would it take to let love be the wayCould you listen to people and raise them up? Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”Be inspired, could you be brave? Has someone with good intentions worked to accommodate youAnd tried to fit you inHave you ever considered how accommodating someoneDoesn’t really change anything?
 

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