In place of the LGBT line, the Glee kids repeat a previously-sung line, “No matter black, white, or beige, chola, or Orient-made, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.” The “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen” line is still in place (take a listen, at around 2:33, in the clip below).
This is not to say that Glee is homophobic; it’s not. It features some of the most positive LGB messaging on television, with five LGB characters, at least two LGB actors, a prominent anti-bullying arc, one of the most high-profile young, gay fictional couples ever, and dominant themes of self-acceptance.
Rather, the decision to excise the LGBT-specific references is confusing. Why, on a show that’s so committed to diversity and anti-bullying messaging, would a song like “Born This Way” be maneuvered away from being too LGBT-specific? Especially when the LGBT lyrics are removed and replaced by race-specific lyrics that had already been referenced earlier in the song?
A representative from Glee was not immediately available for comment.
Not holding my breath or anything, but I’m enjoying seeing the bigger sites bringing this up. More delighted that Glee are getting requests for comment.