Since today is National Coming Out Day, I especially wanted to blog about last week’s episode of Glee, which is one of my favorite shows. Chris Colfer was particularly wonderful in this episode, in which Kurt’s father has a heart attack and is left in a coma. While his father is in the hospital, Kurt sings The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in Glee Club:

This song is very affecting in this episode, but what I like most about it is its potential as a queer song. This song is all about longing and wanting to love another person in this really simple way: to hold their hand.

Ultimately, I think that’s what all gay rights issues are really about: we want to hold the hand of our beloved openly and fearlessly, to be able to acknowledge who we are and who we love and share our lives with. This song sums that up for me, especially with a gay actor singing it.

Colfer’s version of the song is so simply beautiful. After hearing it for the first time, I told PJ that someday, when we’re allowed to marry legally and have a ceremony, I want this version of the song to be sung at our wedding. I think it would be beautiful.

So, I’ve downloaded it from iTunes, and I’m dreaming of the day when I’ll get married to the man I love. I can’t wait.

Here are the lyrics:

Yeah I tell you something
I think you’ll understand
When I say that something
I wanna hold your hand

I wanna hold your hand (x2)

Oh please say to me
You’ll let me be your man
And please say to me
You’ll let me hold your hand

Now let me hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand

And when I touch you I feel happy inside
It’s such a feeling that my love, I can’t hide
I can’t hide, I can’t hide

Yeah you
You got that something
I think you’ll understand
When I feel that something
I wanna hold your hand

I wanna hold your hand …

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