The music industry has always included LGBT+ artists. As a platform of expression, music has given the freedom for artists to be heard, to share their experiences and to express their frustration.
Now, in 2019, there are many artists who either identify as LGBT+ or are strong LGBT+ allies who are shaping the music industry and have become a big part of pop music culture.
Here are the 10 LGBT+ music artists you need to know in 2019 according to the ‘British LGBT Awards’.
Although she has previously stated she identifies as straight, Billie Eilish has a huge LGBT+ following. It’s been some years since she’s become a viral success and is quickly becoming the voice of her generation.
Openly bisexual Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight for years. While dealing with depression, bulimia, and being bullied at school, she used music as a platform to talk about issues that matter. She has also always been an active and vocal supporter to the LGBT+ community and LGBT+ rights.
The famously outspoken bisexual singer advocates for bisexual representation and LGBT+ rights. She has always worked hard in being a “better” representative of the community and as of January 2019 her debut album Badlands had spent 150 weeks on the Billboard 200.
The infamous ‘Lesbian Jesus’ Hayley Kiyoko sings love songs about women and uses a positive LGBT+ narrative full of female pronouns giving all LGBT+ women a true role model.
Son of Hollywood couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith has been a protagonist of gender fluidity, continuously challenges gender stereotypes and often soars dialogues around gender roles. From wearing a dress to his high-school prom to kissing a male co-star in a Netflix series, Jaden is a name to know and to remember.
On being LGBT+, Monáe said: “I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you.” Always remaining true to expressing herself, Janelle Monáe is a role model for queer people everywhere.
A fierce advocate for the LGBT+ community, Kesha is a best-selling and award-winning singer as well as a campaigner for sexually assaulted victims. She officiated a lesbian couple’s real-life wedding in one of her music videos and continues to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Called a pop princess, Rita Ora’s collaboration with Charli XCX ‘Girls’ is an ode to same-sex romancing with the lyrics stating: “Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls,” and “I put the lion in the cage and then I laid with her all night.” The song was so well received that the artist also wants to release to as a single.
After releasing his new video for song ‘My My My’ it got 10m views on Youtube in just one week. “In short, till recently, there was no way for a major pop artist to be openly gay and actively physical,” said Vulture… but Sivan changed that.
“To learn to be bold and brave and outspoken in almost every part of my life simply to defend while simultaneously glorify all of the multifaceted aspects of who I am as an artist, lover and human. I love being gay,” said the Philadelphia-born singer. He is an exciting queer artist who puts out the message of universal love.
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