Hunx and His Punx – Too Young To Be In Love

Oakland-based Hunx and His Punx were nominated for a GLAAD Award for this song in 2012.

Hunx and His Punx might be the first ever “girl group” fronted by a flamboyant gay male whose dream in life is to sound like a girl. They have created a unique new sound they refer to as “Young Oldies,” a mixture of 50s teenage rock ‘n’ roll, 60s girl groups and bubblegum pop.

SSION – My Love Grows In The Dark

SSION’s vocalist, Cody Critcheloe explains what’s behind the first single from the 2012 album Bent.

The song was written about a sex club – everything is completely dark, you have to feel your way around. No one really sees me in the video, and if they do they’re indifferent. I walk through this house where everyone is completely self-obsessed.

Toby Madigan – Arrested

Toby Madigan is based in LA, and counts 60s and 70s pop amongst his biggest influences. He decided to come out publicly at the height of the battle over Proposition 8.

 I had for a long time been out to my friends and family (most), but I had never seen the NEED to be out as an artist, because I thought it should be all about the music. But the MUSIC is an expression of who I am, and I cannot be honest in my music if I am editing out any references to sex with men or anything that might make people know that I’m gay. That’s not to say that my primary identity is a big, gay singer, but I think anytime we hide something, we are doing a disservice. (Hunk du Jour)

Luther Vandross – Power of Love

When Luther Vandross died in 2005 aged 54, popular music lost one of its great talents, a man who was not only a Grammy-winning performer, but also an arranger and producer who helped shape the sound of black music in the 80s and 90s. More than that, he was someone who had become an icon for black gay men, although – despite the fact it was widely assumed he was homosexual – his sexuality was never made public.

For legions of black gay men, he was singing their song on tracks such as Your Secret Love and My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way). There was undoubtedly great loneliness in his personal life but, to the end, he remained an extremely private man. (Caryl Philips, 2005)