Ms. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, one of my favorite poets/ authors in the world, is lobbying New York Senators on behalf of the LGBT community. Maya is a resident of Harlem and has placed three phone calls this week to senators asking for their support of same-sex marriage. According to the 81 year old, allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to marry is only a matter of fairness. Kudos to Maya. I knew I loved her for a reason.