Sherri Gray is the grandmother queer kids all wish they had. Not only does the 75-year-old therapist actively support LGBTQ rights, she writes and sings sweet songs about love and acceptance that she shares on YouTube.
In a recent video, she shares an ode to the rainbow flag and its power to heal, singing that “hate will not tear us apart, for rainbow love lives in our heart.”
Draped in a rainbow scarf and holding a small rainbow flag against the backdrop of what is likely her living room, Gray hold up the flag as a symbol of the values all people share. She even touches on the symbolism of each color, providing a history lesson that may be news to some LGBTQ folks as well.
“Violet for Human Spirit. (Every color plays a part)…Green for Nature…Blue for Art. Yellow sunlight… Orange Healing… Red for Life… So many feelings!” she sings earnestly.
Gray made headlines when one of her videos went viral in 2013. That song, “(What If We Are) Just Like You?/Shannon’s and Lisa’s Song” was in honor of her niece’s upcoming wedding. But she has more than a dozen different videos, many of them on LGBTQ themes, including “At Last I’m Me,” a song written for her transgender friends and “Love Me Just The Way I Am,” urging families to accept LGBTQ children.
“I’m not an activist, but I get goddamn mad by narrow-mindedness and prejudice and crazy stuff,” she told Gay Star News back in 2013. “I’m not a religious nut but I think the universe, God, someone said, ‘OK here you go kiddo, here’s another song.’ It just came to me.”
But Gray isn’t just launching videos into the world, she often engages with the people who leave comments on her YouTube page. In these comments, she gives some insight into why she makes the videos.
“As a therapist, I have ‘walked this painful walk’ with so many clients over the decades, and I have great respect for the courage it takes to ‘hang in there,’ regardless of how your family or the rest of the world treats you,” she wrote. “I am committed to working for my LGBT friends until the day I die…doing what I can to change hearts and minds.”
Watch “Rainbow Flag” below.