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.
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.
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
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.”