Why Judy Garland still means so much to queer people 53 years after her tragic death
Ross Semple still remembers the first time he was captivated by the glorious talent of Judy Garland.
Like most people, he saw The Wizard of Oz growing up, but it wasn’t until he was at university studying film that the power of her voice really hit him.
One week, a lecturer showed his class two clips of Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. The first was from the original recording, when Judy was still just a teenager. The second was from later in her life. Her voice, while still majestic, sounded coarse and aged.
After they watched both performances, Ross’ lecturer asked the entire class which performance they preferred.
“Everyone put their hand up and said the first one except for me,” Ross says. “It was hearing that emotion