11 Influential LGBTQ+ Musicians Who Rep Pride And Black Music

The month of June pays homage to two marginalized communities that often intersect — the Black community and the LGBTQ+ community. 

We want to take the time to celebrate our Black queer family by rounding up 11 influential Black LGBTQ+ musicians who should need no introductions.

Keiynan Lonsdale

Lonsdale is an actor and singer, known for portraying The Flash. The superstar made headlines in 2018 for his groundbreaking performance in the film Love, Simon.

Big Freedia

Known throughout the music industry as the “Queen of Bounce,” our good sis also set the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people twerking concurrently.

Frank Ocean

The release of Ocean’s critically acclaimed 2012 album Channel Orange was also the year he came out in a heartfelt letter, posted to his Tumblr account. 

Janelle Monáe

Monáe has been captivating audiences for a while now. Fandroids rejoiced when the Kansas native came out as queer.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Did you know that rock-n-roll was created by a Black, queer woman? Tharpe was known as the “Godmother of Rock-N-Roll” throughout the Great Depression.

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X is the first out Gay man to win an award at the Country Music Awards for “musical event of the year.”

Da Brat

Da Brat made headlines when she officially came out on Instagram. The “So So Def” artist's first rap album by a woman to go platinum.

Jackie Shane

Jackie Shane captivated audiences in the 60s with soulful ballads and pantsuits that caused many to question her sexuality. 

RuPaul

His hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which put 13 Emmy awards under his belt, provides a platform for Drag performers to showcase their talents and superstar abilities. 

Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey is considered the “Mother of the Blues,” for her groundbreaking musicality but did you know she was queer? 

Labi Siffre

With some of his hit songs being sampled for artists like Kanye West and Eminem, UK artist Labi Siffre is known for hits like “It Must Be Love” and “Bless The Telephone.”

To learn more about these influential LGBTQ+ musicians