We have listed singers you may not have known were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
From iconic modern singers and those you may not have heard of, to the rock legends we all love, we list 30 LGBT+ singers.
How many of these queer superstars have you heard of?
8 U.S. Hardcore Bands Paving the Way for LGBTQ Today
Today’s hardcore scene prides itself on the creation of the so-called “safe space”. Despite its thorny exterior, modern hardcore is supposed to be about accepting and supporting everyone in the community. It’s a genre for societal rejects; a haven for the unwanted.
And yet, despite this creed, the scene still lacks bands who identify as representatives or defenders of the LGBTQ movement. Punk has the revolutionary Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and many other bands at the forefront of the cause, but such leadership is more difficult to find in hardcore.
Fortunately, the scene isn’t completely barren. There are still a handful of acts paving the way for the LGBTQ community and opening up some much needed discussion. Here are a few of the most outspoken.
This feminist hardcore band are rising through the ranks very quickly. Mentored by Vanna’s Davey Muise and picked up by Pure Noise Records, their debut record Clever Girl speaks to subjects such as sexuality and abuse. Perhaps the most poignant moment on the record for LGBTQ rights is the song No Sanctuary, which was written about violence against the LGBTQ community and inspired by the 2016 Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub. The stand out lyric, ‘Every time that you say ‘faggot’ is a bullet through my head,’ puts into sharp focus the severity of the prejudice that exists.
Dubbing themselves “a collective of freaks and faggots”, this brash grindcore duo are all about making as much noise as possiblec. Spring of 2018 sees +HIRS+ playing a month and a half of consecutive shows for their ‘Coming out of our coffin. No more dead trans girls.’ tour. The relentless schedule, combined with their fearless attitude, proves that they give themselves entirely to the LGBTQ movement every second of every day.
Senses Fail’s Buddy Nielsen has been repping the phrase “queer hardcore” ever since he came out in 2014, via an interview with the 100 Words Or Less Podcast. He has even created merch sporting the same phrase, which many people in the scene now wear with confidence. Following the publication of that groundbreaking interview, Buddy committed to being extremely open and passionate about the LGBTQ movement. One of the band’s heaviest records, Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, was the musical result of his coming to terms with himself as queer.
Anyone who has seen Old Wounds perform knows the sight of pride flags on amps very well. (If not, then check out the above music video for Son Of No One.) The formidable hardcore outfit stand tall in support of the LGBTQ community by raising pride flags at every show and donating some of the band’s profits to LGBTQ charities. They are dedicated to letting fans know that all are accepted at an Old Wounds show.
Stray From The Path do not mince words. This band exist specifically to provide a platform for its members’ social and political views. The band vocally supports LGBTQ rights – and human rights, in general – in their songs, music videos (see the above video for Damien), and interviews. The band even did a satirical interview with YouTuber/scenester Jarrod Alonge about their stance on homosexuality.
During the writing process for their debut LP, Lionheart, Hollow Bones guitarist/vocalist Sharon Malfesi underwent a period of self-discovery. The melodic hardcore band’s record was, in part, the result of her struggle to come to terms with her sexuality. She and the rest of the band preach love of all kinds, both on their recordings and the stage. This quickly rising band are only at the beginning of their career, and have much more music and many more messages to share.
This raging hardcore punk group have been pushing the limits since the late ’90s. Just take one look at the album cover for the queercore band’s record, Facades, and you’ll understand how unapologetic its four gay members are about their sexuality. Limp Wrist offer their unfiltered, unadulterated thoughts and feelings on homophobia and conservative policies on each and every track. This bitchin’ bunch aren’t afraid to aggressively lay it all out there.
Like Stray From The Path, Stick To Your Guns are a socially conscious and socially active band, using music to comment on subjects from domestic abuse, to the Dakota Access Pipeline, to homophobia. Songs such as Life In A Box and Life Through Western Eyes detail the LGBTQ person’s daily struggle, and the band members have been vocal about their resentment of homophobia outside of the studio as well. Not only do they give their support for the community in interviews, but they have also put on several shows to benefit LGBT and suicide prevention charities.
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Lita Ford Reveals She Quit The Runaways Because Her Bandmates ‚Were All Gay‘
When guitarist Lita Ford first joined The Runaways in the mid-’70s at the age of just 16, she knew nothing about homosexuality, she told HuffPost Live last week. So when she found out some of her bandmates were interested in women, she left the group.
In her new memoir, Living Like A Runaway, she writes that she found it „strange“ her bandmates — Joan Jett, Jackie Fox, Cherie Currie and Sandy West — never spoke about boys and were „always giggling about other girls.“ She noticed Jett and Currie were always together „in a romantic way,“ and it dawned on her that „they were all into girls. All of them except for Jackie.“
„First I found out that Sandy, the one I had bonded with the most, was a lesbian,“ she writes in her memoir. „Then I found our that Cherie was messing around with Joan. I was so freaked out that I quit the band.“
Ford explained to host Alyona Minkovski that she had never been exposed to bisexuality or homosexuality, so she „wasn’t sure how to take it.“
„I didn’t know anything about [homosexuality], and it was still in the closet. Nobody [back then] came out and said, ‚I’m gay,'“ she told HuffPost Live. „When I found out that the girls were all gay in the band, I wasn’t sure how to take it. I didn’t know what it was.“
When she explained to her parents why she quit the band, she told them it was because of her „too weird“ manager, Kim Fowley, whom she couldn’t handle, which wasn’t true. But she gave it a few weeks and came to her senses.
„I thought, ‚You know, it’s really no big deal, that I shouldn’t worry about that,‘ and I hoped to God that they call me back and get me back in the band, because I was thinking that they would go on to achieve superstar status and that I would just be sitting at home and doing nothing,“ Ford said. „Thank God they called me back and they said, ‚Lita, we can’t find anybody that could play guitar like you. Please come back.'“
While she doesn’t think her bandmates knew the real reason she quit, she said sexuality was never something they bothered each other about.
„We just carried on, you know, because it was no big deal,“ Ford said. „But to me it was, back then, and it just really threw me for a loop. I didn’t know that people do that.“
1. Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz came out as bisexual in a “love letter” to the LGBT+ community, as part of a Billboard feature during Pride Month in June 2018.
He has been married to Christina Carano since 2015.
4. Troye Sivan
Troy Sivan is an openly gay South African-born Australian singer.
He recently dispelled rumours that he and his model boyfriend Jacob Bixenman had broken up with a heartfelt tweet celebrating the couple’s three-year anniversary.
6. Freddie Mercury
While the Queen singer never formally labelled his sexuality, he had same-sex relationships.
In the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, he came out as bisexual to his live-in girlfriend in the early 1970s. The movie showed her responding by saying she thinks he is gay.
8. Mykki Blanco
On Facebook, he explained his preferred pronoun: “I am a Gay man but my Trans journey is who I am. I am not Cis normative or self hating. I use ‘he’ now because I am a he and that still makes me Mykki Blanco.”
In an interview with Out, the singer said: “I’m an artist, I’m an animist. I’m transgendered. I’m very non-Christian. I’m mammal identified. Part of the mammal world.”
13. George Michael
The openly gay singer was known for his timeless classics.
Charities were still receiving hefty donations from the late musical legend George Michael’s estate nearly two years after his death on Christmas Day in 2016.
15. Brandi Carlile
Lesbian singer Brandi Carlile won three Grammy Awards in February 2019.
She said: “I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school, and I can assure you that I was never invited to any parties. I never got to attend a dance. To be embraced by this enduring and loving community has been the dance of a lifetime. Thank you for being my island.”
17. David Bowie
The queer star had adopted several personas over the years and made comments about his sexual orientation on several occasions.
His persona Ziggy Stardust, created when he released Space Oddity in 1969, was a bisexual alien rock star. The androgynous figure became a gay icon.
19. Michael Stipe
REM singer Michael Stipe says he’s 80 percent gay but “hates” the term bisexual.
He told the Observer: “On a sliding scale of sexuality I’d place myself around 80-20, but I definitely prefer men to women. I had sex with, and enjoyed sex with, women until I met someone that I fell in love with, and who is now my boyfriend.”
29. Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter and activist.
The Oscar and Grammy-award winning rock singer, who came out as gay in 1993, married her partner Linda Wallem in Montecito, California, in 2014.
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