Celebrate Pride Month With 10 Artists Who Are Out And Proud

On June 9th, 2015, the Supreme court ruled that same-sex couples throughout the United States have equal access to all the federal benefits that heterosexual couples have. This year is the third anniversary of that ruling, and it’s indeed a blessing because Love is Love and everyone should have the right to marry. Though, I promise I won’t go into politics because that’s another topic for another day.

Anyways, this year has become declared the 20GAYTEEN because of how much representation we’ve had in the media.  It’s not even the halfway point yet of the year, and it has been wild. With that, we’re going to be celebrating artists who have come out and embraced their true selves.


Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley has become the Lesbian Jesus of our time, and we are truly blessed. She came out back in 2016, and she’s been making music about the sapphic goddesses ever since, and we love it. She dropped her debut album Expectations this past March, and it hasn’t gotten the needed attention it deserves. She performed one of her singles on Jimmy Kimmel Live back in April, and she hasn’t slowed down since. She actually released a statement when it came to the recent song, Girls and how it’s harmful to the LGBTQ community. However, Rita Ora issued an apology for the song. It should be noted that Kiyoko fully supports artists opening up about their sexuality, but it felt like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea women loving women.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6V2ikO_CDY


Janelle Monáe

If you haven’t heard of Janella Monáe, what have you been doing with your life? The singer dropped a hot album, Dirty Computer this past April, that celebrates who she is as a person, and she was finally able to be herself on this album, which is a huge thing for artists. She also came out as pansexual in her interview with Rolling Stone, and we love her even more. She also made a bisexual/pansexual anthem with Make Me Feel. Where in the video, it shows her with a girl and a guy, which is impressive and beyond the times. As you can see in the video, the guy isn’t fighting or throwing a fight, neither is the girl.


Troye Sivan

Ever since Sivan came out publicly in a 2013 YouTube video, which has been viewed nearly 6 million times. He doesn’t want to discount what anyone in the LGBTQ movement has been through, but for him owning up to who he is has made sexuality a non-issue.

Sivan has released music on his TouTube page, and his latest hit, Strawberries & Cigarettes was featured on the ‘Love, Simon’ soundtrack.  He hasn’t let anyone tell him different and, quite honestly, it’s refreshing because we need these positive role models in our lives.


Frank Ocean

It was revealed on his first album Channel Orange when a blogger noted that two of his songs were about men, he opened up about meeting a boy when he was 19 and imagined him sleeping by the boy once he grew closer to him. We haven’t heard any new music from Ocean since his latest album Blond was released back in ’16, but I’m sure we will be seeing him on the big screen since he has landed a movie role.


Keiynan Lonsdale

You might know him as Wally West from The Flash or as Bram Greenfeld from Love, Simon, but you probably didn’t think he sings professionally. Ever since he came out on the set of Love, Simon and posting a meaningful message on Instagram last year, Lonsdale isn’t ashamed of being who he is. He likes girls and guys, there’s no shame in it, and he finally gets to embrace who he is, which Lonsdale entirely has since the post last year. He actually dropped a single called Kiss The Boy, and it’s quite frankly a hit.


Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett plays Jamal Lyon on Empire and in season one, his character, Jamal came out in a song, in which he looked it as a way to explain his truth.  He came out during a backstage interview with Ellen, and it was beautiful. Smollett said that him personally, has never been in the closet and people will not know his private life. This past March, he dropped his debut album, Sum of My Music.


Adam Lambert

You might recognize Adam from American Idol, which he was the show’s first out gay contestant. However, he has been staying busy ever since the show. At the time he had to come out publicly, he didn’t have any gay performers who came before him, from whom he could have found guidance. Although, we can safely say that he has been raising the bar high. He toured with Queen, has released two albums and he is expected to be releasing new music late this year.


Todrick Hall

Adam Lambert isn’t the only one who was on American Idol, Todrick Hall made it to the semi-finals during the ninth season of the show. Soon after that, he became a YouTube personality along with being a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. He is also a choreographer as well. He has released several albums and is currently on tour. However, he came out to his younger brother on an episode of “Todrick” back in 2015, and his brother accepted and told his brother that it didn’t matter who he loved.


Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga came out bisexual back in ’09 and ever since, she has to defend it. Back in 2013, she had to defend herself to some of her fans by saying that she’s not bisexual for marketing. Its part of her who she is. In which, no one has to defend themselves or sexuality, especially when it comes to the bi-community and let’s hope that the stigma around bisexual would soon disappear. She announced that she would have an upcoming residency at the MGM Hotel and Casino starting later this year, so don’t think that she won’t be teasing us with more music before the end of the year.


Le1f

Le1f joins Frank Ocean as an openly queer hip-hop artist, who also runs Camp & Street records. Le1f is set to release new music this year. In the video below, Le1f is talking about his music, sexuality and the haters. Keep being you Le1f.


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