LGBT stamp year

Issued on 7/31/14, this Canadian stamp featuring k.d. lang (in a series honoring Candian country-music artists — also Shania Twain, Tommy Hunter, Renee Martel, and Hank Snow):


lang follows gay artist Tom of Finland (on Finnish stamps, covered here) and American gay political activist Harvey Milk (US stamp issued 5/22/14):


On lang, from Wikipedia:

Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), known by her stage name k.d. lang [note the lower case], is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress.

Lang was born in Edmonton, Alberta, the daughter of Audrey and Adam Frederick Lang. She is of English, Irish, Scottish, German, Russian Jewish, Icelandic, and Sioux ancestry. When Lang was nine months old, her family moved to Consort, Alberta, where she grew up with two sisters and one brother on the Canadian prairie.

… After secondary school, Lang attended Red Deer College, where she became fascinated with the life and music of Patsy Cline and ultimately determined to pursue a career as a professional singer.

… In 1997, Drag, an album of cover tunes dedicated to ‘smoke’ (specifically cigarette smoking) was released, although the album cover and booklet photographs show Lang in a man’s suit, referring to crossdressing as another possible meaning of the word ‘drag’.

… Lang, who came out as a lesbian in a June 1992 article of the LGBT news magazine The Advocate, has championed gay rights causes. [also an activist for HIV/AIDS care and research, animal rights, and human rights in Tibet]

In the case of the Milk stamp, the rabidly anti-gay American Family Association advised people to:

  1. Refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by your local post office. Instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag.
  2. Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp. Simply write “Return to Sender” on the envelope and tell your postman you won’t accept it.

(according to a HuffPo story). I see no sign of a similar protest about the Lang stamp, but then that’s Canada.

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