May 17, 2012

Donna Summer has passed away.

I was talking with friends, most party to the conversation were my age and so had some experience with Disco, but one was 10 or 15 years younger. I commented that “Disco Sucks!” always struck me as coming from a racist place. But my younger friend said: “John you’ve got it wrong; it was homophobic.” His comment prompted slightly uncomfortable chuckles. Disco was empowering in its own way, and the notion that we’re grand and fabulous scares most of us. Anyhow, the point is Donna Summer showed lots of people of a generation the courage to be but beautiful.

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