LGBT+ Artists to Listen To This Pride Month
Happy Pride, music lovers. Whether you have “Born This Way” blasting from the car stereo or Miley Cyrus’ new EP, She Is Coming, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Pride and honor LGBTQ+ musicians. Here are some queer artists and their most recently released music to listen to this month.
Miley Cyrus, ‘She Is Coming’
Though this Hannah Montana alumna is married to actor Liam Hemsworth, she has often been outspoken about her sexual orientation. In an interview with Variety, she explained her pansexual identity.
“Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel,” said Miley Cyrus. “But I feel very neutral. I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met. Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, ‘Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.’”
Recently, Miley Cyrus starred in an episode of the Netflix original series, Black Mirror. The actress also appeared on the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11, later featuring RuPaul in one of her songs. Her latest EP, She Is Coming, premiered on May 31, 2019.
Trixie Mattel, ‘Yellow Cloud’
Oh, honey, you’ve never heard country music like this. Former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and host of Viceland’s The Trixie & Katya Show, Trixie Mattel periodically releases country music. She burst into the music industry with her album, entitled Two Birds, followed by another album, entitled One Stone.
“I’m gay, we like themes,” Trixie said, explaining the titles.
Kim Petras, ‘Do Me’
German singer and songwriter Kim Petras is known for her girly pop songs and her changing album covers. She also became a topic of media coverage for being one of the youngest transgender individuals to begin their transition.
Since the start of Kim Petras’ career, she’s made fun, upbeat songs for fans to dance to. She collaborated with artists like Charli XCX and SOPHIE and her song “Heart to Break” has over 21 million plays on Spotify.
Superfruit, ‘The Promise’
Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi do a lot more than just acapella songs with Pentatonix. In 2017, they released their debut album, entitled Future Friends, as a pop duo. The group’s name comes from their YouTube channel, Superfruit, where they post videos ranging from challenges to skits to music videos for their original music.
On Valentine’s Day 2019, Superfruit released a new single, a cover of the song, “The Promise.” Their music video stars Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.
Perhaps the most prominent and well-known LGBTQ+ artist on this list, Janelle Monáe represents the queer community with songs, like “PYNK,” and an open dialogue about her sexuality. She acted in movies like Hidden Figures and Moonlight. According to IMDB, the artist is also set to voice Peg in Disney’s live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp.
As an African American artist, Janelle Monáe also won awards for her visibility. She earned the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Music Video” and the GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Music Artist.”