2013: The Year In Lesbian/Bi Music

 
 

MUSIC TO OUR EARS: ALLIES

Country music star Carrie Underwood spoke to Allure about her support of LGBT people, which isn’t always a stance musicians in her genre take or express. She told the women’s mag:

“I’m in favor of acceptance. And I am a Christian person, and I do love the Lord, and I feel no matter who you are, what you believe, how you live your life, it’s not my place to judge. I don’t have that power. I don’t want that power. It’s my place to love and to show God’s love to other people, even if they don’t live a life like I live. So that’s where I’m coming from.”

47th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals

Katy Perry has a sketchy past with the LGBT community with songs like “UR So Gay,” but this year saw the pop singer fully embracing her gay fans and also celebrating them, as she did by putting a lesbian couple (including out model Erika Linder) in her lyric video for “Unconditionally.” She also told W magazine that her hit single “I Kissed a Girl” was based on a real life situation with a girl friend:

“[S]he was that friend, the one that you idolize and maybe even have a weird obsession-slash-crush on. We were standing on her bed, wearing her clothes — because her clothes were cooler — and she put on ‘Killer Queen.’ My world froze. It was a very cinematic feeling, and it opened up this lyrical world.”

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

Janelle Monae continues to be elusive about who she involves herself with romantically, but her 2013 album The Electric Lady had some queer themes and lyrics about women. She also went on Twitter to say she will not answer any further questions about her personal life. She calls herself “neuro-sexual” or “sapio sexual,” but she does make sure people know she is pro-LGBT and doesn’t mind lesbian rumors:

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being gay or lesbian or straight or black or green or purple, so I’m OK with that.”

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The Electric Lady was one of the year’s most highly-praised albums and reached number five on the U.S. Billboard charts.

The Silversun Pickups, Avril Lavigne, the Backstreet Boys, punk band Rise Against and Bonnie McKee all utilized lesbian kisses, characters or themes in songs videos this year.

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