19 artists to listen to this Pride Month
June 26, 2019 · 4 Minute Read
What better way to wrap up yet another successful Pride Month than with chart-topping hits by artists and advocates of the LGBT+ community who are making us proud.
Let’s keep the rainbow flag flying high!
2. George Michael
Coming out as gay on national TV in 1988, George Micheal said his sexuality is not something he feels he should be ashamed of. The Wham! frontman was an active LGBT rights campaigner and an HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.
Biggest Hits – “Freedom! ‘90“, “Last Christmas“, “One More Try“
3. Freddie Mercury
Even though he had both, female and male partners throughout his life, Freddie Mercury remained cryptic and refused to publicly answer questions about his sexuality. His sexuality has been a topic of discussion even today and in his 2018 biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, we see Mercury confess to his then wife about his bisexuality.
Coming out as bisexual on her Instagram post on National Coming Out day in October 2018, popstar Daya captioned her post with a message to her fans, “Follow your gut and don’t feel like you owe any sort of explanation to anyone. your sexuality is yours only so build with it at a pace that works for you.”
5. Dan Reynolds
Despite his orthodox upbringing, Dan Reynolds, lead vocalist of Imagine Dragons has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights. Reynolds founded the annual LoveLoud festival back in 2017 and all proceeds from the music festival are distributed to charities that provide services to LGBTQ youth.
Biggest Hits: “Radioactive“, “Demons“, “Believer“
6. Sam Smith
After opening up about his sexuality in the past and coming out as a gay man, Sam Smith recently also indentified himself as gender non-binary.
Biggest Hits – “Latch“, “Stay With Me“, “Too Good At Goodbyes“
7. Miley Cyrus
Identifying as pansexual and gender-fluid, Miley Cyrus knew it would not be easy to make her strict parents understand and accept her sexuality. Since identifying as someone on the LGBT+ spectrum she has also had to defend her hetero-marriage to Liam Hemsworth on numerous occasions.
Biggest Hits – “Wrecking Ball”, “Malibu“, “We Can’t Stop“
8. Tara McDonald
English-Irish singer-songwriter Tara McDonald, host of Paris Pride 2014, has been vocal about wanting equal rights for the LGBT community – “Most of my close friends are gay and I want them to live in a world where they are safe and are protected by the same laws that I have as a straight woman.”
Biggest Hits – “Money Maker“, “Feel The Vibe“, “My My My“
9. Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz credits his wife for helping him come to terms with his sexuality and even though he had his wife’s support, Mraz said that coming out was not easy. As part of Billboard’s ‘Love Letter to the LGBT+ Community’ he wrote, “Even when your rights and freedoms were being compromised. You stood up for me. You stood up for the world.”
Biggest Hits – “I’m Yours“, “I Won’t Give Up“, “Lucky“
Revealing that she’s dated women in the past, Sia came out as bisexual back in August 2013. She has her reservations about identifying as a lesbian since she has predominantly dated men and chooses to label herself as queer.
Biggest Hits – “Chandelier“, “Cheap Thrills“, “Elastic Heart“
11. Troye Sivan
After coming out to his family at the age of 15, Troye Sivan wanted to live without the fear of being outed, and came out to his fans three years later. Despite being one of the most famous gay pop stars in recent times, Sivan feels uneasy about the title and being chosen as one of leading faces of such a large and diverse LGBTQ community.
Biggest Hits – “YOUTH“, “My My My!“, “i’m so tired…“
12. Justin Timberlake
Singer turned actor Justin Timerlake has voiced his support for the community at different events and encourages the LGBT youth to be themselves regardless of what the haters have to say.
Biggest Hits – “Can’t Stop The Feeling“, “What Goes Around… Comes Around“, “Cry Me a River“
13. Rainbow Voices Mumbai
Formed in the summer of 2014, Rainbow Voices Mumbai (RVM) is India’s first and only LGBT choir. Through their songs, RVM aims to create awareness and spread the message of love.
14. Ricky Martin
Ending years of speculation, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin came out as gay in 2010 on his official website. Martin is a proud dad to three kids and says the birth of his twin sons via a surrogate back in 2008 gave him the courage to finally open up about his sexuality.
Biggest Hits – “Livin’ la Vida Loca“, “She Bangs“, “She’s All I Ever Had“
15. Calum Scott
English singer-songwriter Calum Scott initially struggled with his sexuality and being in the public eye made it even worse. He uploaded an emotional video sharing his coming out story and he uses his songwriting as a way to express things he is often afraid to talk about.
Biggest Hits – “Dancing On My Own“, “No Matter What“, “Rhythm Inside“
Pop-star Ashley, better known by her stage name Halsey, came out as bisexual on her Instagram. She has been vocal about her sexuality and her songs “Strangers” and “Bad at Love” talk about her experiences with same-sex relationships.
Biggest Hits – “Without Me“, “Bad At Love“, “Colors“
17. Kylie Minogue
A regular at LGBT events over the years, Kylie Minogue joined the community and other Australians in celebrating the marriage-equality law in Australia in 2017. In an interview with an American publication, she thanked the gay community for always standing by her and supporting her music.
Biggest Hits – “Can’t Get You out of My Head“, “All the Lovers“, “Confide in Me“
18. Adam Lambert
In a 2009 interview, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert talked about how he is comfortable being gay but does not want his sexuality to define him. Lambert’s second studio album Trespassing made history as the first openly gay singer to have an album to debut at #1 on Billboard.
Biggest Hits – “Whataya Want From Me“, “If I Had You“, “Ghost Town“
The pop-star has never shied away from supporting the LGBT+ community and hopes that gender and sexuality are never a topic of debate in the future. In an interview with an American publication, P!nk spoke about the respect she has for the community’s unwavering fight for their rights.
Biggest Hits – “So What“, “What About Us”, “Sober“