Blogging Because We Are Family!

I was a young girl of 8 when the Pittsburgh Pirates adopted the song “We Are Family” during their 2013familydaydrive to win the World Series in 1979.  As a grown woman of 42 living in Pittsburgh, the song is permanently fused in my head as both an LGBTQ and sports champion anthem. Perhaps that’s fitting in a year when athletes are coming out and sports culture is starting to get tough on homophobia. Or that the Pittsburgh Pirates were the only Pgh team to make a video for “It Gets Better” in which they actually used the words lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. 

Or perhaps it is just fitting for a blog written by a lesbian based in Pittsburgh? Regardless, I’m gonna put that earworm in your head as you continue browsing the posts today! I’m blogging because We Are Family!



*We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up, everybody, and sing


Everyone can see we’re together
As we walk on by
(FLY!) And we fly just like birds of a feather
I won’t tell no lie
(ALL!) All of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We’re givin’ love in a family dose

(*repeat 2 times)

Livin’ life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of this world’s delights
(HIGH!) High hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight
(WE!) No we don’t get depressed
Here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong, oh no
This is our family jewel

(*repeat with following)

Sing it to me

**Get up, get up(get up)
And sing it to me
Oh, I can’t hear you now(y’all)
Have faith in you and the things you do
Get up, get up y’all
I got my sisters with me
Everybody, hey hey hey…
Get up, get up and sing it to me
We’re havin’ fun
Life, life has just begun for me, me

(** repeat)

Me and my family
Get up, get up and sing it
Sing it, sing it, sing it, sing it to me
Yeah, we flock together
Like birds of a feather
Get up, come on, Joni

(*repeat to end)

Our previous posts:

2012 – Being an Advocate

2011- Don’t Devalue the Aunties

2010 – Pittsburgh LGBTQ Families

2009 – Blogging for LGBT Families in Pennsylvania

Much thanks to Mombian and Family Equality Council for sponsoring this wonderful project.


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