15 LGBTQ artists to listen to this pride month
As we all know, June is Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate the Rainbow Flag than to listen to music composed by members of the LGBTQ community?
Of course, you should really be listening to these artists all the time as they are amazing and talented in their own right, but Pride Month is also a great way to shine the spotlight on these artists.
So without further ado, here are 15 queer artists who should be on your radar. Good pride!
OK, so this one is pretty obvious considering Lady Gaga is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Not only was she a champion of the gay community, but she became bisexual early in her career and has always been proud of it.
Her latest album, “Chromatica”, debuted last year, and fans are patiently waiting for a tour soon, now that life is starting to get back to normal (well, a bit). Give the fans what they want, Gaga!
Sam Smith was always a part of the queer community when the song “Stay With Me” came out and became a certified hit, but Smith also announced a few years ago that they weren’t binary and used them / them pronouns.
Smith’s latest album debuted in 2020, and while it wasn’t as popular as their previous work, it’s still a record full of fantastic songs. Be sure to check out “Diamonds”. It’s a great song.
Annie Clark, otherwise known by her stage name St. Vincent, has been tearing the alternative rock scene apart for years, but her 2021 release “Daddy’s Home” is on a new level. St. Vincent is a queer woman pushing the boundaries and barriers in a world of straight men, and it’s incredibly refreshing to watch her do it.
Sivan, originally from South Africa, is fast becoming one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Her latest record, “Bloom” of 2018, is packed with electro-pop hits perfect for the dance floor, and one song even featured fellow pop superstar Ariana Grande. Sivan has done his entire career, which shows how far we are from pop stars like George Michael or Freddy Mercury, who had to hide in the closet early in their careers.
It’s insane that Petras’ music hasn’t caught up with mainstream audiences yet, but right now fans of this transgender pop star from Germany are just happy that she’s spinning hit after hit. Petras released “I Don’t Want It All” in 2017, followed by many other singles and EPs that show off his electro bubblegum-pop aesthetic. If you’re planning on going to a Pride festival in a major city in the United States this summer, there’s a good chance Petras will be performing and you won’t want to miss it. Plus, his 2020 song “Malibu” is an absolute bop and you should be listening to it already.
Sleater-Kinney is a band that grew out of the queer and feminist riot grrl movement in the early ’90s in the Pacific Northwest – and has grown into one of the greatest punk rock bands of all time. The band took a fairly long hiatus, but they came back in 2015 stronger than ever with the critically acclaimed album “Not Cities To Love”. Fast forward to 2021, and Carrie Brownstein (you might recognize her in “Portlandia”) and Corin Tucker are back with a new album called “Path of Wellness”.
The Australian singer / songwriter came on the scene with her 2015 debut album “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit”, and has traveled the world performing her grungy rock music. Barnett’s music is full of meandering guitar riffs bordering on punk, but her witty and upbeat lyrics are what really sets her apart. Many LGBTQ artists tend to do pop music, so it’s nice to see some representation in other genres of music, like alternative rock. Barnett’s partner Jen Cloher is also a fantastic musician and worth checking out.
If you watched the Grammy Awards a few years ago, you saw Carlile absolutely crush her performance of her Grammy-winning song, “The Joke.”
Carlile made some amazing music that strikes a balance between country and folk, but it was really inspiring to finally see his talents shine on the Grammy stage. Carlile speaks very clearly about being a proud and proud lesbian, and writes many songs about his wife and daughters.
If any artist wants to keep Prince’s legacy alive, it’s Monae.
Monae has been streaming Prince-inspired music for a few years now, but ‘Dirty Computer’ of 2019 really cemented her as a future music industry legend. The Grammy nominated album is full of brilliant synths, really slamming basslines, and enough groovy guitar riffs to make your head spin. Monae also went pansexual in 2018, becoming a visible member of the LGBTQ community for younger people to admire. We don’t see his star disappearing anytime soon. Now we just need a new album from her!
If you’ve watched “RuPaul’s Drag Race” then you know who this next queen is. Despite a disappointing sixth place finish in season seven, Mattel took the time she had onscreen and turned it into lemonade. Mattel appeared in the third season of the show “All Stars” and won the contest, winning $ 100,000 and releasing two country albums, “Two Birds” and “One Stone”. There are a lot of drag queens who make their own music, but Mattel serves music that none of its peers can even reproduce. She’s like a real doll version of Dolly Parton.
Let’s be clear: Bounce music wouldn’t be what it is today without Big Freedia. The New Orleans icon has been making music since the 90s, and his impact can be seen on many new artists making music today. Big Freedia really hit it hard when she performed on Beyoncé’s song “Formation”. You can hear Big Freedia say “I came to kill” during the song.
Big Freedia continues to release new music and play as many Pride festivals as possible. You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for this rebound queen, especially her song with Lizzo called “Karaoke”.
Speaking of artists who need to release new music, King Princess is one of them. We have a new single this year, so maybe something full will come out soon? Her debut album “1950” instantly became a fan favorite, especially for those who enjoy independent pop music.
Her 2019 album “Cheap Queen” was equally contagious, and now we can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.
What’s not to love Tegan and Sara? The twin sisters (who are both gay) have been making music for over 20 years, and their new music still sounds so fresh. Popular songs like “Walking With A Ghost” and “Closer” will always be fantastic. Hopefully we will have a new album from them in the coming year.
Has anyone known better years than Lil Nas X? Obviously, “Old Town Road” was the song of 2019, and now that the rapper is fully digging into its weirdness, his new material is so much fun. Granted, her first new single, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” has some people upset some people, but if you don’t drive someone crazy with your art, are you doing your job?
We say you are you, Lil Nas X!
Country music is one of those places where there are hardly any LGBTQ artists, so when Orville Peck hit the scene it was like a breath of fresh air. He looks like a mix of Johnny Cash and Elvis, but he looks like an American outlaw of the day. Plus, he shoots an Sia and doesn’t show his face, so the mystery of who is behind the mask makes it even more intriguing.