From the recording Pushing the Envelope

Pushing the Envelope is the first 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

Pushing the Envelope - Kate Reid May 2017
The same old question runs around in my mindShould I speak or should I just keep quiet?As though I owe them some kind of disclosure or explanationEvery single time and in every single situation Some people don’t even have think about itThey don’t look beyond their own realitiesHow can we make sense of ourselves in this absence that’s present everyday?It’s like we’re fighting something bigger than we can nameChorus:One day we won’t need to bePushing the envelopeWe won’t be represented by   Permission slips homeAnd it won’t be trendy To advertise our familiesAnd we won’t be legitimized By posters on a wall
I don’t see myself amongst these pages The people I love are nowhere to be found Will someone please explain all this controversy around the word “family”?Because I know that love and community create kinship, too
Anytime you bend the gender rules folks tend to noticeThey always want to put you back in the boxWhat would it mean to live without the fear of being interrogatedTo be free to articulate our bodies any way we want?Chorus:One day we won’t need to bePushing the envelope        We won’t be represented by   Permission slips home  And it won’t be trendy To advertise our familiesAnd we won’t be legitimized By posters on a wall
Bridge: And I still feel this tension between Wanting to be acceptedAnd wanting to let my freak flag flyBut I’m not a character in their narrativeAnd I won’t rehearse their lines for them I’m writing a new script for you and me About the beauty Of non-conformityWe weave ourselves into the fabric of this worldDisrupting constructions of “boy” and “girl” and “boy-meets-girl”Changing language and policy  Celebrating families, loves ones, and identitiesIf we raise our voices strong, we shall overcome 
Chorus: One day we won’t need to bePushing the envelope        We won’t be represented by   Permission slips home  And it won’t be trendy To advertise our familiesAnd we won’t be legitimized By posters on a wall