Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., Piers Morgan welcomes rock singer and songwriter Melissa Etheridge for a candid and revealing conversation on love and music, as well as politics and activism.
Nearly two decades since officially coming out, the 51-year-old has been an iconic leader in the gay and lesbian community and admits to being encouraged by recent progress, though she wishes things were on a faster track:
"I was hoping in 10 years it would all be - we’d all feel comfortable about it," she tells the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "But this deep-seated fear that comes, you know, religion and all kinds of things involved. So this change, this change of paradigm of understanding, love, relationship, family, society, takes time. Are we moving in that direction? Absolutely."
A two-time Grammy award winner, the 51-year-old says that despite recent support from Barack Obama, the movement towards total equality still has a few hurdles to clear before it's enacted on the federal level. In the meantime, Etheridge takes issue with terminology:
"Tolerance, you know, I don’t even like to use the word tolerance ... because it sounds like, you know, I’m doing something that you have to tolerate," she suggests. Instead, the woman behind such classic hits as "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One" points to a handful of other options:
"Diversity, recognizing that there is no us and them, that everybody - you can divide us up any way between anything, sexually, color, religion, we’re all different."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as Etheridge talks politics and reviews performing at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO.
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