There are tons of artists to celebrate during Pride Month. But there are a few who deserve some extra love. Although most are openly queer, ultimately they deserve recognition for the ways in which they use their music to shed light on the LGBTQ+ community.
Each of the artists on this list have used their platforms to bring awareness to LGBTQ+ heritage and overall promote a positive message for the culture’s progression. Whether it’s through music or through different forms of activism, these musicians make the world a better place to live. Not only for the community and allies but for everyone. The music industry and the world are a better place with these artists in them. What better time to celebrate than during Pride Month 2021?
GRiZ is unapologetically a queer icon in the electronic music industry. The Denver-based future-funk producer has been extremely active in bringing visibility to the LGBTQ+ community throughout the span of his career. His track “Medusa” with Wreckno was released during Pride Month last year. It brought a sense of light and hope to the entire community during the pandemic.
Lil Nas X
Viral rapper Lil Nas X came out during Pride Month 2019. Not long after “Old Town Road” blew up. In various interviews and social media posts, Lil Nas X has recognized his privilege of being gay as a public figure. He’s very open about his sexuality in hopes that he can help those not in the spotlight who might be struggling.
SOPHIE’s tragic death earlier this year shook a global audience. Her life and career had a massive impact on music and on the LGBTQ+ movement. As a trans woman, SOPHIE told her story through art. Her 2018 track “Immaterial” defines the spirit of trans euphoria. The lyrics indicating “immaterial girls” and “immaterial boys” can be anything they want. Pride Month is the best time to celebrate her music, although her legacy will continue to inspire young people for years to come.
REZZ is more than just an artist. The Canadian DJ and producer has built a community that quite literally amounts to a cult following. Her fanbase, “The Cult of REZZ” has coalesced into a Facebook group of over 22k members and counting. Openly queer, the young artist recently released a music video for “Taste of You” with Dove Cameron, in which the two stars are pictured sharing a kiss.
Lady Gaga is openly bisexual, but it’s not her sexuality that put her on this list. Gaga has been an activist for LGBTQ+ rights very publicly throughout her entire career. When the pop artist released “Born This Way” in 2011, the hit quickly became an anthem for self-acceptance and a celebration of queerness. Although she’s been quieter in recent years, Gaga undoubtedly made a statement that deserves to be celebrated during Pride Month.
At just 16 years old, vocalist and producer Moore Kismet has made a bold affirmation for LGBTQ+ representation in music and media. Their song “Rumor” with WYN is inspired by their experience publicly coming out when they were 14. In general, Kismet takes every opportunity they can to use their platform to promote love and acceptance for LGBTQ+ people. The young artist’s most recent offering includes a massive “Pride 2021” DJ mix for Apple Music.
In addition to being an openly queer DJ and an advocate of LGBTQ+ rights, Kittens is an avid feminist. She uses her fearless attitude to inspire other women via her non-profit platform PWR, in which she hosts DJ workshops for women and donates the proceeds to women’s or LGBTQ+ causes. Gracing the stages of notable festivals such as Coachella and EDC, Kittens is renowned for her balance between low grinding electronic beats, heavy rap, and future beat music.
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