Judy Garland would be 87 today.
As we prepare to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall, it seems fitting to stop for a moment and give thanks for Judy.
After all, it was grief and anger following her funeral that many think caused the drag queens at the Stonewall to act up and fight back against police harassment.
Whether that is really true, or whether they simply had had enough, it is true that somewhere, right now, there is a queer child or adult listening to her singing, knowing that the rainbow shines for him or her.
The irony is that Judy was not all that gay-positive. She surely did not understand our need for liberation. Few did.
But God worked through her anyway (just as the Bible shows God doing and again, using the most unlikely people).
Thanks, Judy, and thank you, God, for leading us to the freedom road.