Sexual expectations and definitions are changing in society. Everybody who is not heterosexual-defined is put under the GLBT or LGBT community. These days the list includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Questioning (Queer), Intersex, Asexual, and Pansexual (LGBTQIAP). Despite the growth and social advancements, most hierarchies want to function due to labels.
What is great about social equality is that more interesting and unique individuals are comfortable and comforted when they express their flowing sexuality which, despite not having to do with the other layers of one's life, is part of everybody.
Many public personalities from Margaret Cho to Angel Haze, from Ricky Martin to Angelina Jolie, from Jason Collins to Sheryl Swoopes, from Anderson Cooper to Chaz Bono, have been vocal about their personal lives and how support, respect, and advocacy for equality are important things to discuss, especially considering the platform with which they can become poster people for positive messages.
The music industry, with its radio, television and internet monopoly, tends to be a visual and audible place where most express many sides. Just like the lists of queer pop stars and queer band and band members, here is a list of openly queer people who in one way or another are changing the world and making it better one step at a time.
The rapper considers herself pansexual. She recently said 'Being gay in hip hop is still really stigmatized. There are so many people in this world that are closet homosexuals. I guess I'm "out," but people ask me what my sexuality is all the time and I always tell them that it doesn’t matter, we’re not in a sexual situation so you don’t need to know. If we were in a sexual situation you would know exactly who I am sexually. But if we’re just having a conversation you don’t need to know what I do in private'.
Watch the music video for "No Bueno".
The Guardian reported last May on Zebra Katz, whose name is Ojay Morgan. In it, he admits 'It was maybe reassuring to a lot of queer artists to see that they can go out and make music, but I fought against it. I want my music to be listened to and I want my audience to find it and figure out what I'm doing, instead of journalists pushing that out'.
Watch the music video for "Blk Wiccan".
Mary Lambert is yet to release a full album, but she is already known as part of one of the most powerful queer-rap anthems ever made , being billed under "Same Love", which brought her to the Grammy's this year performing with Madonna and Queen Latifah. Last year, she told AfterEllen.com 'Coming out was this ‘aha’ moment for me. Everything made sense. For the first time. I felt so good in my own skin, like now I fit'.
At the end os 2012 GQ published a very candid interview where Frank responded to the questioning of his bisexuality 'I'll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences, and the same sentiment that I have towards genres of music, I have towards a lot of labels and boxes and [sh--]. I'm in this business to be creative -- I'll even diminish it and say to be a content provider. One of the pieces of content that I'm for [f--k] sure not giving is porn videos. I'm not a centerfold. I'm not trying to sell you sex. People should pay attention to that in the letter: I didn't need to label it for it to have impact.'
HuffPost and DailyMail both reported in February 2012 when Banks made a public statement she considers herself bisexual before adding 'I'm not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don't live on other people's terms'.
The go-to producer and writer of the moment, Sia is openly bisexual. She has been featured on tracks by FloRida and David Guetta, but she is also known for writing "Diamonds" for Rihanna, "Loved Me Back to Live" for Celine Dion, "You Lost Me" and "Blank Page" by Christina Aguilera, "Perfume" by Britney Spears, "Pretty Hurts" by Beyonce, and "Into The Blue" by Kylie Minogue.
She recorded a video for [[United Against Homophobia]] in 2011 and said 'I did not like myself at all. I did not like being a bully. And, you know, it turns out I am a gaylord. I think I probably just had a lot of internalized shame about being gay.'
Mika was very abstract about his sexuality ever since her debuted in 2006, and eventually in 2009 told Gay & Night 'I've never ever labeled myself. But having said that; I've never limited my life, I've never limited who I sleep with. So, whatever. (…) Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me.'
Watch the music video for "Popular" ft. Ariana Grande.
Pianist and songstress Carlton is known for her megahit "A Thousand Miles" from her debut in 2002. During her Nashville Pride performance in 2010 she told the crowd 'I am a proud bisexual woman'. Earlier this year Examiner.com interviewed Vanessa. She said of that day 'Oh that was totally spontaneous. I drop bombs about all different topics during a show. I had no idea that was gonna go beyond that show. Its fine though'.
Watch the music video for "I'll Wait For You".
The Aussie popstar told Gay Times 'A gay man in pop music is nothing new, there’s been gay men in pop for the last 30, 40 years. and certainly ones that we don’t even know what their sexuality was. But I think to be open and honest about it is maybe like a newer concept. I think it definitely has its challenges, there’s still a lot of prejudice in the world, but for me it’s the only way that I could live my life and be happy, to be honest about who I am.'
Listen to track "Fascism".
Out magazine interviewed the frontwoman of dance band Goldfrapp August of 2013 and she said 'It kind of annoys me when I’m made to think like that. Our sexuality’s so complex that to define it in black and white just seems ludicrous, really'.
The hippie, always-lovely, always-positive performer may not be actively seeking to date individuals of his gender, but he technically has in the past. The equality advocate has been working with LGBT charities for years. A few years ago he was on the cover of Instinct magazine as the first non-queer person on their cover. Before that, he told UK magazine Attitude 'this gay guy who I became really good friends with. We really enjoyed each other’s company. I mean, I’d do everything with this guy- I’d sleep on his bed, drive his car, share every moment of the day with him. On Valentine’s Day we ended up in this really nice French restaurant and we looked like a couple. All of the sudden it dawned on me that I had been dating him for the last two months!'
The American Idol runner-up told Good Day LA 'been bisexual for as long as I can remember. I just remember being made fun of in junior high for that and it was something that was shameful and it really shouldn’t be'.
Out magazine interviewed Fergie in late 2009 and she responded to the bisexuality headlines by saying 'The funny thing is that I was very open and honest about that from the very beginning, and everyone was acting like it was some new trend. Go back four or five years, people, and you’ll see the same answer. I think women are beautiful, I've had a lot of fun with women, and I'm not ashamed of it'.