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posted Friday, March 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 10
'Hooray, You're Gay' - Local musicians pen Gay anthem
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'Hooray, You're Gay' - Local musicians pen Gay anthem

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Lady Gaga isn't the only one with a Gay music anthem. Seattle's fierce and fabulous all-woman rock band The Juliettes have got a lot to say, and they want you to listen. The band's new single, 'Hooray, You're Gay' is an ode to Gay pride and 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to organizations that fight to battle LGBT youth suicide.

Julie Mains, lead singer for The Juliettes, told Seattle Gay News the band has no qualms with making a political statement. 'We are pro-equality, pro-peace, pro-compassion, pro-education, pro-mother earth, and pro-rock 'n' roll,' she said. 'We are anti-hate, anti-poverty, anti-war, anti-greed, and anti-willful ignorance.'

The Juliettes are professional career musicians. 'We have an amazing dynamic because we have a lot of love and trust and we all love the music we are making,' said Julie. 'We want the people of earth to know that women only get better, smarter, and sexier as they get older. The experience, wisdom, and professional expertise gives us an edge and that our age is an advantage - we are relevant, we have a voice, and if you listen, you will really enjoy what we have to say and how we are saying it.'

Liz Aday (guitar, vocals), Lissa Ramaglia (bass), and Eva Dizon (drums) along with Julie make up the local vivacious band aiming to make a difference.

'These women are some of the finest musicians I have ever worked with, and are truly incredible people,' Julie told SGN. 'I am honored to know them. We are in this band because it's fun, and fun is the best thing to have!'

In Seattle, words like 'progressive' and 'straight ally' get thrown around quite often. But those are titles that the women of The Juliettes gladly accept. 'None of us identify as Lesbian,' says Julie. 'We are, however, women who love women.'

'Hooray, You're Gay' is The Juliettes' first big undertaking as a band fundraiser, although Julie says that each band member has been heavily involved with community fundraisers individually.

'The single is intended to be a big, fat offering of love, and as such, proceeds will be donated to the It Gets Better project and The Trevor Project,' she said. 'We are trying to make the 'ask' fun and catchy, so we are launching it with a small request to help us get the word out called '1, 2, 3, Go!'

The 'ask' works like this:
o 1) Download the song.
o 2) Update your Facebook status alerting all of your contacts about the existence of the single.
o 3) Tweet about 'Hooray, You're Gay.'

'We want to raise a giant pile of money and change the tone of the dialogue across the country and beyond,' said Julie. The song is catchy and very Gay. The chorus says, 'Hooray, you're Gay / and Gay is never gonna go away / you're absolutely fabulous and absolutely here to stay / hey, hello, hell yeah, hooray, you're Gay.'

The Juliettes have released the song on their website www.thejuliettes.bandzoogle.com and will shoot the music video at the end of the month. They told SGN that everyone is invited. If you would like to be a part of the fun, e-mail the band at hoorayyouregay@gmail.com for more information.

The Juliettes are hopeful that they will be asked to perform the song at various Pride events around town.

'It is so important for the Queer community to have Gay-friendly bands for a number of reasons,' said Julie. 'Music is the world's true religion. It is the thing that touches all of our souls and one of the most amazing ways to express an infinite number of thoughts and feelings. It binds us as a species.'

'Queer artists break barriers and have the ability to reach more people - even the most extreme bigots,' she continued. 'Today's Queer artists have the opportunity to launch themselves already out, like Adam Lambert did. When the media reported that he had come out, he said, 'I didn't know I was in.' There is more acceptance in artists communities and more opportunities to shine. I was raised in theater, where not only was being Gay not a big deal - it was normal.'

Julie said the band is proud to live in a city that embraces the LGBT community. 'We want you to know that just as it is the obligation of good men to fight for women's rights, it is the obligation of straight people to fight for LGBT equality. The song 'Hooray, You're Gay' is our way of fighting that fight.'

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