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.
“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.