This took me back to my childhood. I clung to any media representation of other gay and lesbian people when I was coming to terms with my own sexuality. The one song that soothed my churning soul was "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Queer recording artists who have been singing out loud before any major media outlet would have celebrated it, and who write about the wide range of issues that plague the LGBTQ community, truly represent the rawness of our diverse community.
"Same Love" has become a cultural measuring stick, a way of testing acceptance of gays and lesbians in any environment. Can you play it at work? Does it play on your radio station? Can your teacher play it at school? It's the perfect thermometer for the chilly LGBT climate.