I had a similar experience when I saw ME perform recently. She was wonderful as usual. It was watching the meet & greet afterward that was enlightening. Couple after couple came up and told stories of meeting at her concert, how far they had travelled to see her; just how much she meant to their life. They were all straight. I was blown away. How could they have such a close connection to her!? She was ours. I was mortified and gratified simultaneously.
Thank you so much for this! I am looking forward to the day I will get to share this feeling (January 2013). As a member of the LGBT community here in Colorado, we are keeping a close eye on our legislature this year. Wish us luck!