Lang is also known for being an animal rights , gay rights , and Tibetan human rights activist. She is a tantric practitioner of the old school of Tibetan Buddhism. Previously, she had performed at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.
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‘I’ll Never Be Billie Holiday’
Twenty-five years ago the idea that an openly gay and very butch woman could become a pop idol was seismic. Now she can just make her music. Lang at her home. By Penelope Green. And she still performs barefoot, a habit acquired because she was tired of the plastic Payless boots she used to favor in deference to her vegan beliefs.
As it reached the chorus, I mimed along. The Grammy award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling album became a cultural milestone — it hoisted LGBT issues firmly into the mainstream, and subverted country music, which was then the preserve of a far smaller, more conservative audience. Each note of the record is as clean and brilliant as polished marble; each instrument is given room to breathe; the lyrics are clear, so there is no misunderstanding of her message. But its momentous success nearly was not to be.