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Kathryn Dawn Lang, (born November 2, 1961), better known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a 51-year-old Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. She gives her name in lowercase letters with the given names contracted to initials and no space between these initials. She is an open lesbian.
On Glee, she sang You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch in A Very Glee Christmas along with Matthew Morrison (but he is only featured on the CD version of the song). Her song Constant Craving was featured in Season Three's episode, I Kissed a Girl. She has not been featured on the show.
Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances; hits include Constant Craving and Miss Chatelaine. She has contributed songs to movie soundtracks and has teamed with musicians such as Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Elton John and Anne Murray. Lang is also known for being a vegetarian and an animal rights, gay rights and Tibetan human rights activist. She performed Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah live at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Lang, who came out as a lesbian in a 1992 article of the LGBT-related news magazine The Advocate, has actively championed gay rights causes. She has performed and supported many causes over the years, including HIV/AIDS care and research.
Her animal rights vegetarian stance, including a "Meat Stinks" campaign, created much controversy, particularly at her hometown in the middle of Alberta's cattle ranching industry.
Lang appeared on the cover of the August 1993 issue of Vanity Fair. The cover featured Lang in a barber chair while model Cindy Crawford appeared to shave her face with a straight razor. The issue contained a detailed article about Lang which observed that she had thought that she would be ostracized by the country music industry when she came out as a lesbian. However, Nashville was accepting, and her records continued to sell. When she appeared in an ad for PETA however, Nashville was less impressed owing to the relationship between country music and cattle ranching.
In April 2008, Lang spent time in Melbourne, Australia, as a guest editorialist for The Age. This was in connection with her support for the Tibethuman rights issues. On April 24, 2008, she joined pro-Tibet protesters in Canberra as the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay made its way through the Australian capital.