I’ve had my first Frozen experience. I still haven’t seen the movie, but during my family’s recent reunion at Walt Disney World, we all saw the Frozen sing-a-long show at Hollywood Studios. There, I got to hear the song “Let It Go.”
How is this song not an LGBT anthem? It’s about a woman who’s been keeping a secret her entire life, until one day her secret becomes public and she decides she’s going to live openly, without guilt and shame. She sings “you can’t hold me back anymore,” and “I don’t care what they’re going to say.” This song is clearly a metaphor for coming out.
I’m disappointed I haven’t heard this song at a pride parade or gay bar yet.
Outside the film, Let It Go is also a coming-out anthem for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people: “Conceal don’t feel, don’t let them know/ Well now they know!” The lines “It’s funny how some distance/ Makes everything seem small/ And the fears that once controlled me/ Can’t get to me at all” could almost be from an It Gets Better video.
When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.
When I was growing up, there were no LGBT role models — certainly none in the world of business. Today, LGBT youth have a lot of people to look up to. And, as of today, there’s one more role model out there to inspire us all (footnote 1).
1. In response to Cook’s coming out, Texas Republican asshole Senator Ted Cruz said Cook’s sexual orientation was a personal choice. That’s why we need heroes like Cook to come out — to expose the bigots and sweep them into the ash heap of history.