Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender LGBT music is grouping of musical genres that focus on the experiences of gender and sexual minorities   as a product of the broad gay liberation movement. LGBT music spans the entire spectrum of popular music. The origin of the genre arose during the s when post-disco dance and house musicHi-NRGand freestyle music became more prevalent in the United States and LGBT artists gained prominence for exploring popular music trends.
For even the most seasoned music lovers and sound hounds, discovering LGBTQ musicians can prove daunting. Fronted by the genderqueer Stephanie Knipe, this decidedly low-key indie act is a modern blueprint of bedroom pop. But this second place American Idol contestant from the early naughts has done his bit for the cause.
In the s, when AIDS wiped out tens of thousands of those celebrants, the song took on new layers of resonance. Today "I Will Survive" carries all of that baggage, and lifts it up along with the spirits of anyone who hears its message. Think again.
Or, much more simply: Which songs best evoke the sex, drama, heartache, struggle, liberation and mindfucks of queer lives then and now? What follows is not a comprehensive or ranked list, but one that bridges the gap between post-Stonewall disco parties and gender-queer millennial rock of today. While some classics do appear on our list, others do not — sorry, Gloria Gaynor, Kylie Minogue, RuPaul, Britney and Cher, we still adore you — here are 25 essential pride songs from the s to today. Disco goddess Summer initially needed some convincing.
These chart toppers set aside their musical talents for a moment to take center stage for another reason: to come out of the closet. Frank Ocean's career was in the balance after he announced on his Twitter page that he was once madly in love with a boy. The budding star hadn't released a proper album before taking a risk that most celebrities save until well into success.
How does a song become a gay anthem? There are disco classics featuring our favorite, big-voiced divas. There are the introspective slow jams that mirror our struggles with self-acceptance and social rejection.
We all know that Troye Sivan is gay and Miley Cyrus is pansexual, but there are a number of lesser known musicians that are openly queer. We wanted to put Jason Mraz first simply because he came out as bisexual earlier this week. I really like that.
Before the world heard his debut, Channel Orangeand the three songs on it featuring a man as the love interest, an unexpected Tumblr post explained that his first true love was male, not female. His new album, Blondemeanwhile, has just the one song — Good Guy, about a failed hook-up in a gay bar — that uses the male pronoun. If Ocean is a perfect poster boy for the gender-fluid era, his videos suggest a commercial need to provide images that straight audiences can relate to. Why not go for the bigger triumph, over a whole album?
There have been many musicians over the years who have openly identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender in classic rock. The first bisexual rock star was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a rock and roll pioneer. Many lesbian, gay, bi, and trans rock musicians were in the closet for years or even decades before coming out.
These days, with more and more public figures coming forward about their sexuality, it was only a matter of time that we here at TheBacklot. Compiling a list like this was no small feat. Trust us that it was not done in malice. We simply tried to assemble a list of those artists we feel have been both successful in their careers while also raising awareness toward gay rights issues and giving back to the community in which they belong.