The day after the Orlando shooting, k.d lang tweeted that she was sad beyond words after hearing news about the massacre.

Now two weeks later, the singer-songwriter – whose music career spans four decades – says the reaction to the shooting doesn’t seem like enough.

“I think that it’s so frequent now, and the gun lobbies are so strong here,” she tells the Star Observer.

“It feels so daunting but I really believe that the momentum, it will happen… That there will be a wave of people fighting the gun lobby and the NRA and eventually it will overcome. I really pray that it’s the case but it’s a long way to go.”

Since Lang came out in 1992, LGBTI rights in America and across the globe have been achieved in a lot of ways.

But Lang says she doesn’t believe the fight will ever truly be over.

“Obviously there’s still hate crimes, and I mean there’s still hate crimes against women and that struggle has been (since) the beginning of time,” she says.

“There’s always going to be hatred, that’s always going to be a struggle. I think really it’s about teaching individuals to have confidence and pride, and that’s the only thing we can do.”

While Lang has always been a vocal supporter of LGBTI and women’s rights, she says not to expect any songs about the issues on future records.

“I try to keep politics out of my music – I try to focus on love in a transcending way, I think that’s the most important topic,” she says.

“That love transcends all politics and gender issues, and I think love is the pith of our existence.”

Pick up our August issue on July 21 to read our full interview with K.D Lang about her new album, Case/Lang/Veirs, with Neko Case and Laura Veirs.

The album is available for purchase from music outlets and iTunes.

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