Bil Browning

Gloria Gaynor wants you to meet her friend, Jesus Christ

Filed By Bil Browning | July 16, 2007 4:21 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: Christian beliefs, evangelical Christian, Gloria Gaynor, religion

g-gaynor3.jpgNot Gloria Gaynor! She even has gay in her name! While she's real good people, I will not survive if even Gloria has hopped on the homophobe disco train. I'm goin' out of my head, Gloria, suddenly thinking you don't want to say, "I am what I am." And let me tell you, I never can say goodbye, so this is hard for me to say... Stop, in the name of love! (or I'll turn you off my iPod!)

Yes, it seems the gay icon isn't willing to say whether or not she thinks being gay is wrong, only that it has become her job to lead us to the promised land. And, no, I don't think she imagines heaven as a celestial Studio 54...

See after the jump for a clip from radio interview with England's Radio 4.

When asked by presenter Jane Little how she feels about being a gay icon, she replied:

"I feel good about it because I feel it is a platform for my purpose, which is to bring the love of Christ to all of my fans.

"Because they trust me, I think."

Ms Little asked: "So you see it as an evangelistic thing. Do you have a religious opposition to homosexuality?"

GG: "I want to lead them to Christ and what he has for them. I want to lead them to him, I want to lead them to truth."

JL: "Do you see homosexuality as something sinful?"

GG: "I want to lead them to Christ, simply, and whatever he has for them."

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Seems like she is being a bit vague about her comments. It does depend on what her thoughts really are about the gay issue. You can be Christian and Gay. You can be a Gay Christian. For those that don't think you can read, "What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality" and "The Children Are Free". I will wait to burn my CD's and erase my MP3 files till I know more.

A. J. Lopp | July 16, 2007 9:15 PM

Well, let's be careful here ... If she privately believes that homosexuality is sinful, then obviously it is not her mission to emphasize that message. If she was out to attack or condemn the gay world, that radio interview would have been the perfect opportunity for her to do so.

She also may be trying to avoid creating a P/R disaster for herself. If she says it's wrong, her gay following will jump on her. If she says it's OK, then many in her gospel following will jump on her. The lady has a right to be able to mention her faith, and still sell her records --- all her records. That's my take on it.

Even though 15 years ago I heard it first time around, I recently re-discovered "I Am What I Am" --- it's on my iPod, and I play it to lift myself up whenever I feel like the theo-Nazi's have me in their cross-hairs.

Zach Adamson | July 17, 2007 7:55 AM

Sigh........ she'll wake up eventually too just like Donna Summer did.. You all remember that?? She came out and said some nasty things about the only people still buying her albums. Ive never seen such a fast turn around in all my life. Once she realizes she cant pay her bar tab with prayers, she'll come back to us. And we'll forgive her.. As it says in the Bible...

That's who I thought of immediately, Zach - Donna Summer.

I'll hold off judgement on Gloria. She didn't say she thought gays were going to hell or anything. It just makes me wary whenever a Christian wants to bring me to Christ and won't say "There's nothing wrong with being gay."

The Donna Summer rumors were just that.

The claims that Summer made anti-gay AIDS-related comments were *never* substantiated. There is no evidence of any interview or any concert appearance where the infamous quotes took place, and trust me, as a Donna Summer fan for the last 32 years, I *have* tried to find proof.

In the early 80's Summer successfully sued a newspaper for repeating those rumors in a review. Since the advent of HIV, Summer has played numerous AIDS benefits and donated her performing fee back to the events.

I don't know where this Gloria Gaynor thing may go, but comparisons to the debunked Donna Summer rumors are not apt.

Zach Adamson | July 18, 2007 9:06 AM

The Donna Summer issue, rumor or not.. was finally resolved with a major press release and apology from Ms Summer. The apology was half hearted, it seemed to me, and seemed to be directly related to the failing record sales which should have been foreseen.
It was a while back, so I dont remember what she said exactly, but I do remember it being very nasty, and several interviews with her after the fact did nothing to discredit the "rumors". She never denied saying it, only that she was sorry for having said it.
Which is all I wanted, so I started listening to her music again.

Sorry, Zach. You are misremembering. Summer never said she was sorry for saying something that she never said, she said that she was sorry to have been the subject of such vicious rumors. If you can find any documentation to the contrary, I'd be interested in seeing it.