2009 Year in Review: Music

Credit in the Straight World

You couldn’t connect to the Internet without reading about Lady Gaga this year. Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, was released in 2008, but singles "Just Dance," "Poker Face," "Paparazzi" and "Love Game" made her a pop star and garnered comparisons to Madonna. Her shock-and-awe live performances made her unforgettable.

After initially referring to herself as bisexual at the end of 2008, Gaga has been asked repeatedly about her sexuality. In her video for "Love Game," she passionately kisses a woman dressed as a cop, and in the lyrics to "Poker Face," the lovers who can’t penetrate her facade are alternately referred to as both "he" and "she."

She has taken an unwavering stance on LGBTQ equality, but has been somewhat demure when talking about her own sexual orientation. When Barbara Walters recently asked her if she’d ever had a relationship with a woman, Gaga said she had not. But when Walters asked about her sexual experiences, Gaga disclosed that she’d indeed had sex with a woman.

Whether you enjoy her brand of arty-electro pop or think it’s Madonna-lite, Lady Gaga’s advocacy on behalf of the queer community has had a decidedly positive effect (particularly if some fans think that they don’t personally know any queer people).

Having a high-profile Grammy nominee talk openly about her bisexuality and her personal views on equality could exert a great deal of pressure on her to positively represent our community, but, so far, she’s doing just fine.

R&B performer Fergie has always been open about her past relationships with women, but she elaborated further this year  after flirting with women in the Black Eyed Peasmusic video for the hit single "I Gotta Feeling."

Fergie told The Advocate:
"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."

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