Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender topics • protest songs • gay anthems
|Cultural origins||1980s in United States|
|Typical instruments||Entire spectrum of music instruments|
|Disco – Homo hop – Queercore – Diva house|
LGBT music (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender music) is music focusing on LGBT issues performed by LGBT artists and performers. The lyrics are largely about empowerment, same-sex relationships, love, acceptance, freedom, gay pride and the courage to "come out" to the general public. Starting in the 2010s, LGBT music became popular amongst Americansand also became a trend. A festival of LGBT music, LGBT Music Festival, exists. This is a reaction to the music's industry positions of earlier years.
Origin of the term
The origin of the genre arose during the 1980s, when Dance, House and Freestyle music dominated the music world in the United States. LGBT artists began performing popular music in their own ways, giving the name "LGBT music"
Music has been very influenced by LGBT artists; this is clearly noted when the sexual liberation movement arose, and many LGBT musicians started playing, such as Elton John, Village People, Sylvester, Tom Robinson, Indigo Girls, kd lang, Dead or Alive, Queen, David Bowie, Little Richard, and Marc Almond, among others. In the 80's, the exposure of openly LGBT artists became richer, with artists such as Culture Club, George Michael, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, and Erasure, as well as artists who are openly LGBT allies, such as Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, and Gloria Gaynor, among many others. The 90s saw a start of a fair introduction to pro-LGBT laws, and artists condemning homophobia in their music. Groups such as Placebo, Alcazar, Right Said Fred, and more joined the ranks of allies and LGBT musicians. The 2000s saw LGBT music branch off into its own genre in some cases, and new artists like Christina Aguilera, Will Young, The Scissor Sisters, The Gossip, Lady Gaga, Mika, Adam Lambert, t.A.T.u., Kent James and Dawnstar strengthen the message of LGBT rights, exposure and positivity, and support a growing industry that is large in numbers and rich in content.
Many openly-LGBT musicians have become very successful, such as Elton John, who has the best-selling single in Billboard of the 1990s ("Candle in the Wind 1997"), and the single "Anything is Possible"/"Evergreen" by Will Young, which was the best-selling single of the decade in the 2000s.
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