Recent years have seen many incredible things happen to the LGBT+ community including the legalization of gay marriage in the United Kingdom, the United States and a number of other countries as well as many more firsts and lasts in the worlds of politics, sports and media, – here are a few more!
Aleksandra Lilah Denton (Shura) released her stunning debut album ‘Nothing’s Real’ last year, following the immense internet attention she received from her debut track ‘Touch‘, in 2014, the video of which features a diverse range of people of different sexualities kissing and today has over 27 million views. Identifying as gay Shura has stated that [she thinks] “there’s a massive spectrum for everyone and that’s something that [she] wanted to convey in the video.”
‘Nothing’s Real’ is available on iTunes
Tegan and Sara
Canadian identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin both identify as gay and are LGBT activists – as well as having eight studio albums. The latest – ‘Love You to Death’ was released last year and explores themes of gender, queerness and emotions. The pair feel as though queer music is able to guide many people and perhaps even begin to shape the minds of society. As stated by Sara in an interview with Shura: “For some people the straight identity appropriating gay culture and the history of that can be difficult but on a base level there’s a lot of pop stars who are responsible for allowing the mainstream culture to accept a fluid sexuality and gender identity again.”
‘Love You to Death’ is available on iTunes
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – better known as Lady Gaga is one of the leading popstars of the generation, as well as one of the most prominent LGBT activists. Identifying as bisexual, Gaga has no fear when it comes to discussing her sexuality or standing up to trump – “What is very important to me is that the LGBTQ community in America knows myself as well as everyone else who loves them are going to do everything that we can to protect the social progress we have made over the last eight years.” Her most recent album of five – ‘Joanne’ – was also released last year and is truly an exceptional album.
‘Joanne’ is available on iTunes
Christine and the Queens
With a name inspired by a group of drag queens, Héloïse Letissier, or Christine is a french musician who identifies as pansexual and genderfluid but wishes to tick as few boxes as possible. Her debut album ‘Chaleur Humaine’ was released in France in 2014 and a translated version released in America (2015) and the U.K. (2016). Exploring themes of gender, sexuality and general freakiness, Christine has talked about her sexuality in an informative way – “It means that I can fall in love with someone regardless of their gender, regardless of how they define themselves. I don’t really see that as an obstacle, as a definition.”
‘Chaleur Humaine’ is available on iTunes