Happy birthday to K.D. Lang! The
incredibly influential musician and iconic lesbian cultural icon turns
As an out and vocal butch lesbian, K.D. Lang has stood out in the world of country music for over two decades (x).
Kathryn Dawn Lang was born on
November 2, 1961 in in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. When she was still a baby,
the family moved to the rural town of Consort, Alberta. It was there where she
and her siblings were raised by a single mother after their father left the
family when they were young. While attending Red Deer College, K.D. became
fascinated with the life and work of country singer Patsy Cline and became
determined to pursue music herself. After graduating, she moved to Edmonton and
started a Patsy Cline cover band called The Reclines. Travelling around Canada,
K.D. began to make a name and an image for herself as a “cowboy punk”
She first became an international
star after performing as “The Alberta Rose” at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Her
career received another boost after she was chosen to record a duet with Roy
Orbison on a re-record of his hit song “Crying,” which won a Grammy Award
for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1989. As of 2017, she has won 4
Grammy’s in total and has even starred in over 13 films and television shows.
K.D. became a lesbian icon after coming out in an interview with the magazine
The Advocate in 1992. Ever since coming out, she has become a huge activist for
the LGBT community as well as animal rights.