Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Mary Mary has a new album out. I have heard many of the black gays are rocking their new song "God In Me" and someone recently told me they heard the song in the club. The gospel duo are great singers -- I sure can be a sucker for good voices. However, all you gays getting your praise on to Mary Mary should remember that almost two years ago I did an interview with them for Vibe.com. They outwardly don't approve of you and even hope you will "align" yourself with the Bible after hearing their music.
    In case you forgot:

    I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but you have a large gay following. How do you feel about homosexuality and having a gay following?

    Erica: We are aware. Um... how do I feel about homosexuality? I feel how God feels about it, um… but I still love them. You know what I mean? I don't agree with the lifestyle, but I love them. They can come to the concert; I'm going to hug them just like I hug everybody else. They have issues and need somebody to encourage them like everybody else - just like the murderer, just like the one full of pride, just like the prostitute, everybody needs God. What your struggle is may not be what my struggle is, but we all need Him. So, that's what our music is about: giving and God. Not to condone the lifestyle or to say, Oh it's okay, but not to bash - but just to give them God. I mean, I'm appreciative of all of our supporters and fans. Hopefully what their hearing and saying in our music is my love for God.

    Tina: You know, I think the fact that our music is very, very upbeat and works well in clubs - you know, I think that's something that makes more people gravitate to it. Like Erica said, we don't necessarily agree with the lifestyle, but we don't pride ourselves on bashing. Everyone has things in their life that they need to correct, everybody has struggles. Even though that's the way we feel, we don't bash, and we embrace everybody who enjoys our music. Hopefully our music is impacting them in a way that, if they see there's some things in their life that's not quite right and doesn't align themselves with what the Bible says - hopefully our music impacts them in a way that makes them want to change it.

    One thing I've always found peculiar is that many of us will support artists, churches, and organizations that are damning us to hell. Unknowingly, we teach the younger generation of LGBT people that it’s okay to tolerate this ignorance. The abuse of religion is murdering the lives of LGBT people. Let Liza, Barbara Streisand, or Madonna say anything negative about gays -- they would vanish from gay land instantly. Now, I understand some people just don’t care, it's just music. Well, I guess if you're getting the monster mash on your back with married men, tragically closeted, and still believe gay is “temporary” -- although you’re wacking your tacky to Nubian101 -- this might not be an issue for you. Seriously, Mary Mary is allowed to feel the way they feel. I just hope some of us can do a lil' something by not supporting their music in our clubs and especially our home.

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