Brooklyn based, Canadian born, MC/producer F. Virtue has a long musical track record, and is openly gay, although he’s sometimes been uncomfortable about the label “gay rapper”. This – from 2017 – is just the latest of his songs to deal with LGBTQ themes.
The Hip Hop world—not even homosexuality—it’s just growing to be more open always, always. Everyone remembers when it was weird for a rapper to be white, and that’s such a ridiculous thought now. That’s so prehistoric, that Rap is so black and white now. It just doesn’t matter your skin color, so that the next argument, “Oh, a rapper has to be male.” Well, no, not really. There was the term “femcee” for a minute, but now it’s not as weird to see a girl rapper. It’s not like, “Oh, it’s a girl rapper,” there’s just girls who Rap. The next thing is sexuality. There’s always something. I think Hip Hop is just getting more open, and it’s not just Hip Hop, it’s the world and everything helps it. (HipHopDX 2013)
PWR BTTM are a Brooklyn-based queer punk duo.
PWR BTTM is just one queer rock band among so many. We need to have a much broader conversation to give more people a platform. I love bands of straight white boys, but labels only putting out those records is very much over.
Ben Hopkins of PWR BTTM in conversation with Rufus Wainwright in Billboard.
Canadian singer-songwriter Anna Gutmanis released this in 2008, and it’s become something of an LGBT anthem. The song won Canada’s Pride In The Arts “2009 Pride Song” Award.
Mary Lambert was featured on the hit Macklemore and Lewis single, Same Love, and this song draws on the chorus she wrote for it. It’s based on her experience of growing up as a lesbian in a religious family.
There’s no doubt that I Wanna Dance With Somebody has a place in the hearts of many gay men of a certain age, and video sites are awash with cover versions in tribute to Whitney Houston. Aiden James made this heartfelt version in 2013. It may not be as quite as touching as Matt Alber’s, but it’s a strong performance from a talented singer and songwriter.
Father Tiger are a Los Angeles indie duo whose arrangements will immediately remind you of the 80s, and there’s nothing bad about that. This – from 2013 – is one of number of videos from a range of artists who gave their support to the campaign for marriage equality in the US.
As EQ Music reported, “First Love” was directed by Michael Medico and the music video embodies tolerance and the fight for equality all the way down to the supporters who helped create the video; over fifty people donated their time and services, and the venue contributed their fee to the Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles. Partial proceeds from “First Love” will also go towards organizations such as Freedom to Marry, American Foundation for Equal Rights and Lambda Legal.
Alternative Country artist Doug Strahm started out writing jingles and making commercials, along with running a restaurant and raising four children. He and his husband Bruce have been together for close on 20 years.
This 2013 video features the late model Chris Miklos, beloved of the bear community, and tells the story of a construction worker