Once upon a time, Michelle Shocked was universally regarded as one of the most politically progressive and active of rock artists, an outspoken supporter of an array of liberal causes.
She also embraced an ambiguous sexual identity. Once she made a joke about being up for an award with Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls, quipping that the honor could've been for "best lesbian vocalist." In other interviews she expressed a desire not to be branded by her fans' expectations as gay, straight or bisexual. She made clear that she viewed sexual type-casting as oppressive.