The LGBTQ+ community has long been celebrated within the music industry, as some of the biggest stars of the late 20th century and beyond have identified themselves as such. While it shouldn't matter whether a singer or band is gay, lesbian, transgender, and so on, there have been plenty throughout music's history that completely shine. In fact, some of the greatest musicians to date were and are openly gay, and their music stands the test of time no less.
Of all the LGBTQ+ musicians and bands, both old and new, some have taken the music world by storm. Freddie Mercury, and Elton John are just a few gay musicians who've become complete LGBTQ+ icons. Yet, plenty of LGBTQ+ groups are following close behind, making names for themselves in the industry, as well as bringing much-needed attention to the entire community. These names include Tyler Glenn, Baths, and Kevin Abstract, among many others you'll find on the list below. In short, music may be one of the most all-inclusive industries we know—and we should all be happy about that.
So, who do you think are the best LGBTQ+ musicians? Take a look at the list below and vote up your favorites, and feel free to add others to the list.
Albums: The House Collection Volume 2, The Martyr Mantras, Cheapness and Beauty, U Can Never B2 Straight, Sold, + more
Albums: Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1, Careless Whisper, Older, + more
Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, + more
Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", + more
Albums: The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home, + more
Albums: The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance, The Edge of Glory, The Fame Monster, + more
Albums: Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Ho Ho Ho, Foxy Lady, Red Hot, Glamazon, + more
Albums: Life, Vuelve, Ricky Martin, The Best of Ricky Martin, Sound Loaded, + more
Albums: A Woman's Revenge
Albums: Channel Orange, nostalgia, ULTRA., unreleased, MISC., + more
Albums: Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car, Where You Live, Matters of the Heart, + more
Albums: Nirvana, Latch, Lay Me Down, In the Lonely Hour, Money on My Mind, + more
Albums: We're My Otp, The Fault in Our Stars, Dare to Dream, Happy Little Pill, TRXYE
Albums: For Your Entertainment, Trespassing, Take One, Acoustic Live!, Paramount Sessions, + more
Albums: Here's Little Richard, Tutti Frutti, Brilliant Collection, The Explosive Little Richard, Greatest Hits Collection, + more
Albums: Your Arsenal, Kill Uncle, Vauxhall and I, You Are the Quarry, Ringleader of the Tormentors, + more
Albums: Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis Joplin, + more
Albums: Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee, Colour the Small One, We Are Born, + more
Albums: Melissa Etheridge, Brave and Crazy, I'm the Only One, Lucky, Brother Bear 2, + more
Albums: Dusty In Memphis Plus, Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty, I Only Want to Be With You, The Look of Love, See All Her Faces, + more
Albums: In Flight, After Hours