Voice for Equality: Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. He has recorded six albums of original music, EPs, and tracks on compilations and film soundtracks, including the soundtrack for the film Moulin Rouge. In addition to his recording career, he has also worked extensively in film, television, theatre and live concerts. In June 2007, Wainwright was a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour, which traveled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada. The tour, sponsored by the Logo channel, began on June 8, 2007. Hosted by comedian Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper, the tour included Debbie Harry, The Gossip, the Indigo Girls, The Dresden Dolls, The MisShapes, and Erasure. Profits went to the Human Rights Campaign. In August 2007, Wainwright said that he considered it a "great honor" to perform on the gay rights tour. Learn more here.

On April 2, 2010, it was reported by starpulse.com that Wainwright, out since his teens, supported the legalization of the freedom to marry in the United States. This was a change from his previous belief that "government should not encroach on what goes on in the bedroom at all," but that he himself was not interested in getting married. He explained the reason for his change of perspective:

"The singer has credited German theatre producer Jorn with inspiring him to speak out for gay rights, insisting he never wanted to settle down before meeting his partner.

"However, Wainwright is frustrated by laws that keep the couple from sealing their union.

"He says, 'I have been with Jorn for five years and he's the light of my life. He's my inspiration, support and he's good in the sack, too! But I am very aware of living in the U.S., of the conundrum that you can't marry your gay partner and give him citizenship. He has to apply for a green card and he may or may not get accepted, which is annoying when you're in a committed relationship. If we were straight, we could get married and he'd get his American passport and it would make a lot of sense.' "

" 'I wasn't a huge gay marriage supporter before I met Jorn because I love the whole old-school promiscuous Oscar Wilde freak show of what 'being gay' once was. But since meeting Jorn that all changed.' " [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes Rufus Wainwright as a Voice for Equality, especially where bi-national couples' rights are concerned.

If Mr. Wainwright's support inspires you, take action by signing the Freedom to Marry Pledge!