By Amanda Fusting
Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert — most famous for featuring in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s song, “Same Love” — opened up to the University of Maryland community April 26, about her bipolar disorder, sexuality, body image, sexual assault and familial issues.
“Neurologically, it’s okay that we are not okay,” said Lambert said at the beginning of the night. She warned audience members then that her performance would be an emotional rollercoaster, meant to bring both joy and sadness.
SEE’s multimedia director, sophomore journalism major Sammi Silber, said she was able to reach the Grammy-nominated artist through an agency.
“I believe that she is an unbelievable person,” Silber said. “She is such a positive influence in the LGBT community and the world of mental health.”
Lambert’s authentic and unfiltered poetry eloquently described normal human struggles. She performed “Body Image,” a piece of hers that combines singing and spoken word, to convey that women should embrace their beautiful bodies, with all their scars and rolls and flaws.
Lambert also promoted an “aesthetic indifference,” asking girls to view their bodies as “magical functioning vessels,” instead of criticizing themselves.
“I think Mary Lambert does a really good job of bringing up issues that a lot of people find difficult to talk about,” said Nina Parekh, a freshman psychology and theater major. “I personally love her because she’s all about women’s rights and women empowerment.”
Lambert also raised awareness about mental health and suicide, in her performance of “Born Sad,” a song that describes her struggle with bipolar disorder. She shared the difficulties of coming from a poor family in which she often didn’t have access to vegetables or equal opportunities for health.
“Taking care of yourself should not be a privilege in this country, but it is,” Lambert said.
“I think she is an amazing advocate for a lot of causes, and she’s funny. She makes it relatable,” said senior psychology major Corinne Stackpole. “I think she’s the most incredible singer I’ve ever heard in my life.”
By opening up about her past, Lambert taught the audience to view their problems from a new perspective.
“I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are,” Lambert sang in her song, “Secrets.”
Lambert opened up about her being a rape victim, and the normalization of sexual assault in this society. She also sang a love song about her girlfriend, and discussed the ostracism of the LGBT community.
“She has so many emotions, and we all have so many emotions,” said senior public health major Sarah Berman. “But unlike a lot of people, she actually says them out loud.”