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Jen Foster: National Coming Out Day

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October 11 is National Coming Out Day.  This year, with the recent wave of teen suicides and the spotlight on the struggles of young people who are only just beginning their own processes of self-discovery, the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Project seems more important than ever. We must use our voices to reach into the hearts and minds of those in need of encouragement and comfort, and to offer hope to those who find themselves in despair because they are unable to live their lives openly and freely, without the worry that they will be ridiculed, excluded, or even harmed.  With this in mind, award-winning singer/songwriter Jen Foster is offering a free download of her brand-new song, “This Is Me,” via her website at www.jenfoster.com and on her social networking sites.  This song has been embraced by the HRC for this year’s National Coming Out Project, and will be featured on Jen’s upcoming album due out early next year. Originally, the download was to be posted beginning October 11 in recognition of National Coming Out Day; however, because of the current media attention on this topic, we feel that it is crucial to make the song available immediately to maximize the reach of its very important message.

We must stand up together and let it be known that we support every individual in embracing the extraordinary person that they are becoming and that abuse, intolerance, and hate will not deter us from living our lives fully, openly, and with pride!

THIS IS ME
Words & Music by Jen Foster


You and I have come this far
I guess it’s time I tell the truth
‘Cause I have known for a while, but I never wanted to bring shame on this family
‘Cause you asked me not to

But if this God to whom you pray
Is the same God I was raised to believe in
You’d better take it up with him

This is me, here we are
I know I may not be everything you wanted
But this is all I’ve got
This is me, talk to God
He’s the one you really ought to ask these questions
‘Cause I am all his fault
This is me

Why, you ask, would I ever put you and Dad through this
When it’s only just a phase
Well, who’s to say what’s to come
And who are you to judge my love?  Yes, I am different, but my heart works just the same

And I could lie to your face
But you taught me that’s no way to live my life
So I’m taking your advice

This is me, here we are
I know I may not be everything you wanted
But this is all I’ve got
This is me, talk to God
He’s the one you really ought to ask these questions
‘Cause I am all his fault
This is me
This is me

Talk to God
You said he speaks to us when we listen
So listen

This is me
I’m nobody’s fault
Listen to your heart
Talk to God
This is me…

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