Lesbian singer visits Student Union

Sarah Virost and Sarah Virost

Described on her Web site as “possessing the voice of an angel with a pack a day habit,” Judith Avers is an artist whose music has a universal message most people can relate to.

Avers, an alternative country/folk singer, will make a stop here on her national tour at 8:30 tonight at the Union Falcon’s Nest.

Avers is a lesbian singer who “sits with her guitar as a one-woman band expressing her thoughts and sharing her ideas,” according to Nicky Damania, director of the resource center for the group, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Ally-Queer/Questioning.

“Her music calls out to people to simply enjoy music as it is, enjoy life as it is and to enjoy music just as it is,” Damania said.

Her music is simple, using only her guitar and her voice. She writes about human themes such as love and loss, as well as many other issues teenagers face in their lives, according to her Web site.

Avers has been on the road since early July, sharing her music with people in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, New York and now Bowling Green. This is her first time performing at BGSU.

Avers, who is from southwest Kansas, just released her latest CD in July, titled “Strong Hands.”

When she hasn’t been performing she’s kept busy for the past year with an organization called “High Rocks,” a tuition-free four-year program in West Virginia that educates young women while providing them with the resources to develop and become strong leaders.

Though Avers is a lesbian folk artist, her music can touch anyone, regardless of sexual orientation.

“Her music will show someone’s sexuality doesn’t mean that’s all they are,” said Eric Crumrine, president of VISION. “Her music has a whole range of human emotion.”

This performance will kick off the year for the LGBTA-Q.

“We will just be sitting around enjoying each other’s company,” Damania said. “Anyone looking for something to do can come by. Everyone is welcome.”