Ron "Ran" Waite Wing

In Concert: Gina Young

In Concert: Gina Young
by Ran

  It is trés special when people give of themselves for a cause in which they believe.  So it is with OUT musician Gina Young.  She's a singer/songwriter, actress/activist, who displays a fierce passion for queer causes and organizations, especially when they relate to youth.  But I was surprised when I found out that she was going to play at the Acceptance Coalition (Axco) Benefit 2006, on March 24th, at Jamesville-DeWitt High School .  She was just one of the many acts performing at this amalgamated "talent show."  I met Gina before the show and she told me that she had performed at this show for the past five or six years.  Despite the fact that she had recently moved to Seattle , WA , she had figured out a way to incorporate this show into her busy schedule.

   Gina has released two Cds: "Intractable" (2002) and "She's So Androgynous" (2005), while her sound has been described as a combination of queer politics, punk and folk all in her own personal style.  Some of her tunes are "mature" in nature, so I was interested in what she might play at this venue.  She culled some great songs from her two albums and put on one heck of a performance.  She has a beautiful voice, which she displayed while playing the guitar. 

  She started with a song, in which the chorus says "everyone loves a winner and you are."  The composition actually doesn't have a title yet, but it was the perfect choice to start with.  The students listened intently to the lyrics and they really appreciated her message.  She also played other original tunes like "So-Called Str8 Grrl," "Skyline," "Prom Queen," "The Obligatory Lesbian Folk Song," and "My Generation." 

  At one point she looked at the audience and said, "I have a bad cold, but I feel like I should apologize."  No apologies were necessary--she still sounded great to me.  She praised the students for the work that the Acceptance Coalition does.  "I think that you're amazing, just the way you are.  If you're OUT in high school, then you're very brave."  She told the students about her experience in Catholic School , her first girlfriend in high school and even her philosophy about high school.  To her, high school is being around people that one wouldn't ordinarily be around, but what one can learn is how to be oneself.  On "Dirt," she sang the song exactly as she had written it, which included the "F" word.  As she sang it, she stopped, looked up, asked if she would get detention for saying that, and then kept on singing.  This made the audience giggle.

  She definitely related to this group, she made them laugh, sing along on "Prom Queen," and even think. She may not be much older than this audience, but she honestly cared for all of them.  At the end of her set, she called out, "thank you guys so much."  She's a gracious person, she posed for pictures with students, talked to them and made them feel special.  I can see why they keep asking her back.  We all enjoyed her show a lot.  You can find this vivacious entertainer online at

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