Kerstin Ott – who appears as the photographer in the video – isn’t your stereotypical German pop star, but her song Die Immer Lacht (which she wrote 12 years ago) has been a huge 2016 hit in Germany, and the video has quickly gathered more than 50 million viewers.
Kerstin, who’s in her early 30s and has been out since she was 17, did a post-school apprenticeship as a painter and decorator, but her new-found success means she’s now a full-time musician. Her follow-up single hit the iTunes Top Ten within 24 hours..
2015 was a big year for the fight for gay marriage in the US and many other countries. Jennifer Hudson added her support to the Human Rights Campaign with this song and video (which over the year achieved over 2.5 million views).
“I just think the concept was just powerful to go with such a positive song. It’s about love and everyone should have love and have the right to love who they want to love,” Jennifer told MTV News. “So I thought it would be powerful to take a concept like trying to find your equality in love no matter who you love.”
Alaska Thunderfuck is an American drag performer who – aside from appearing on Ru Paul’s Drag Race – has also appeared in stage musicals and released a debut album Anus in 2015. This is taken from the 2015 compilation album, Christmas Queens.
This song from Oregon electropop band Priory draws inspiration from vocalist Brandon Rush watching his brother growing up gay in a conservative and religious family.
“When we made the video, we wanted to show regular people doing regular things in an anonymous fashion until they came together in a place of mutual acceptance where everyone had a chance to be free to be whatever they were on the inside or outside”.
American actor, reality TV and YouTube star Joey Graceffa couldn’t have come out more publicly than via this 2015 music video, finally ending long-term online speculation about his sexuality. He told his fans “This video is very special to me and has so much meaning”.
Rafa Spunky is not only well-known in his native Spain as a long-term backing singer for Fangoria and as a DJ, but increasingly also as a solo artist who records in English and Spanish. He’s a big fan of 70s and 80s pop, as he explains in this interview with Swedish photojournalist Micke Bayart.
This particular song – from 2008 – has also been re-mixed for an album, but we like the original.
Close your eyes and it could be the 80s…Swedish Italo Disco band ItaLove openly pay homage to classic bands from that era, but are enjoying present-day success. Front man Martin Blix is openly gay, and a well-know DJ in his home country.