Read Fiona Apple's Letter to a Young Gay TeenS

Following a concert in 2000, 16 year-old Bill Magee had the briefest of meetings with Fiona Apple at which he was able to pass her note requesting that she write a few sentences of support for his school's Gay Straight Alliance. A half a week later, he received the sweetest letter from Apple:

Read Fiona Apple's Letter to a Young Gay TeenS

Hello Bill,
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I've had to sit down and write (it's my day off)
Of course, I'd love to help - sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here's what I've got - I hope it's OK:
It's hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue - I'm so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I'm lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another - to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness' sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
-Fiona Apple


Glad to have back to the limelight, Fiona.

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