‘True Colors’ music tour comes to town to fight gay discrimination
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Affirmation and approval are at the heart of Cyndi Lauper’s 1986 hit “True Colors,” a song that’s since gone on to be an anthem of struggle for many in the gay community. Lauper formed the “True Colors Tour” in 2007 to help raise awareness of the discrimination faced by that group.
“It’s a great
step into the mainstream,” she said. “The tour got so
popular through word of mouth, and with Cyndi (Lauper) and Joan (Jett),
it’s a cool experience. It’s like being on Warped Tour,
but with a difference, of course.”
Girl in a Coma swim in
the emo side of the alternative pool, but pack plenty of radio-friendly
guitars and catchy hooks, courtesy of the band’s limber lead
singer, Nina Diaz. Girl in a Coma is a reference to a Smiths song,
which Diaz blames on a Morrissey fixation that only grew worse after
the group got a chance to tour with the singer, whom she said “turned
Although one of Jett’s new singles, a cover of the Sweet song “A.C.D.C.,” references a woman who plays both sides of the field, Diaz said her group’s songs don’t sport as obvious a link to the “True Colors” spirit.
“Nothing we sing has anything specifically to do with that,” she said. “But if someone listens to our music and it helps them get through some tough times, then that’s a good thing. As long as they are feeling something, then it will be like any other show. There might even be more passion since it is for a cause.”
“That was a big step, but it seems like it’s going in slow motion,” she said. “In America, it seems like we never finish what we start, and it’s going to be a long time before gays are recognized in a positive and regular way — regular in that two men can be walking down the street holding hands, and people see it as normal.”
Though Alva is happy to be doing something to advance the GLBTI cause, her foremost concern is building on the success of the band.
“I’m the lesbian of the group and I’m proud of that, but I just want to beknown as a musician,” she said. —Charles Martin