Check Out Fiona Apple’s Handwritten Letter To A Gay High-Schooler In Support Of GSAs

Fiona Apple is a pretty fierce musician, but a letter she wrote to a 16-year-old kid in 2000 reminds us she’s also a fierce ally.

“It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue,” wrote Fiona, now 34, then 22, to Bill Magee, who had asked to write a note to his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. “I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’ve lucky, because I see the truth so clearly.”

She continues:

“If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation.”

Bill dug the letter up and posted it on his Tumblr, going viral after it hit Buzzfeed. Here’s the backstory to the letter:

I met her very briefly before a show back in 2000, only a couple days after that Roseland meltdown, and I handed her a letter wherein I told her I was in my school’s gay-straight alliance and was wondering if she would write a sentence or two of support. “Could you say some nice stuff about gay people?”, basically.

Quite frankly, 16-year-old me was much more interested in interacting with a celebrity than building an alliance between gays and straights, but Fiona took me at my word and wrote me this really sweet letter. The show was on a Friday, and I got this via FedEx the following Tuesday, and she even apologizes for it taking so long. For much of the 12 years that have passed since these events transpired, this has been the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.

I’ve met her a couple times since, but I never got a chance thank her for taking some time out and being so thoughtful, especially for a lonely weirdo like me. Maybe someday.

Click through for the full handwritten letter to her 16-year-old gay fan.

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  • cdubois

    Unfortunately my capacity for loving Fiona can’t get any larger, but this is great to see. She is PHENOMENAL! I can’t wait for the new album!!!

  • nuflux

    Well said cdubois.

    I love love love her and have since I was an angsty little gay. LOL.

    Now please, Fiona, get us a new album!

  • Jeff

    <3 Thank you Fiona Apple..

  • Starry Eyed

    Yay! You used my tip. I’m not familiar with Fiona Apple’s music, but this is so sweet and her message is great. :)

  • Belize

    She is one of my favorite female voices. I listen to Tidal and When the Pawn… even until now. And yes, I do love the fact that she did this.

    But I got to say, the timing of this news seems odd given the fact that she has an album coming up. “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”–Yes. That’s the title. No need to go crazy about it though. It’s still a lot shorter than “When the Pawn…”

    Plus, she just performed new material in SXSW.

  • KyleW

    Don’t really know her apart from her beautiful rendition of the Beatles song Across the Universe in the movie Pleasantville, but this is a lovely thing for her to do, and certainly earns her respect from me. A nice contrast to the self-absorbed narcism of many celebrities.

  • J

    Fiona Apple? Isn’t she the crazy one??

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