Grab your Pumpkin Spice whatever and tune in to the hottest fall tracks from some of your favorite LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly music artists! These talented musicians take equality to the airwaves with chart-topping songs with lyrics that stand for our community. From Taylor Swift to out-gay rapper Lil Nas X, there’s a song for everybody. Why not make it your anthem for Fall 2019?!
This year’s big talker in music is the one and only Taylor Swift! After nearly two years of studio work, Swift released one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2019, “Lover,” and it’s just in time for fall! Her top track and crowd favorite, “You Need to Calm Down,” gives a stern nod to those against the LGBTQ community. Swift has been a vocal supporter of equal rights, and her video for “You Need to Calm Down,” features prominent LGBTQ figures like RuPaul, Todrick Hall, and a gambit of drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The majority of her album stands up against sexism, homophobia, and can be called a political music manifesto for younger generations.
After his and Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Old Town Road” hit number one on the Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart, Lil Nas X knew it was time to make it known – he was gay. The Lithia, Georgia native, Montero Lamar Hill, is the only artist to come out while still having a number-one record on the charts. His album, “7”, released over the summer got international attention where it peaked in the top ten in six countries. His album cover features a rainbow building which he highlighted in a tweet after the album’s release stating, “deadass thought I made it obvious!” At the age of 20, this rapper and songwriter is set to help push the LGBTQ musical community forward by leaps and bounds.
Openly bisexual singer Halsey has created an army of LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly fans all about her sexuality referenced lyrics. Her song, “Bad at Love” mentions her struggles with men and women alike, and her bold, edgy hairstyle signals an independent woman defined by no labels. In March, Halsey announced that her third studio album would be released in 2019, which means expect it to drop this fall! Her newest single from that unreleased album is called “Nightmare,” and gives listeners an insight into her empowerment as a female.
There’s nothing to hide with 24-year-old singer-songwriter Shamir, a Las Vegas, Nevada native who’s openly queer. He’s been in the musical game since the age of six, releasing his first album when he was just 20 years old. “I don’t have that luxury of being able to be publicly closeted. It wouldn’t work. It’s basically like telling people you’re not black. How could I get away with that? I’m so aggressively queer,” he said in a recent interview. His most recent album, “Be the Yee, Here Comes the Haw,” was released earlier this year, and is a mixture of instrumentals and even country music, he says.
Atlanta’s Concert Experience
We can all agree that live music is almost always better than a recorded track on Apple Music! And because we’re one of the top music capitals in the country, talent from all genres have Atlanta as a prime destination for their concert performances. From EDM and rap to country and pop, here’s your chance to get an up-close and personal look with some of your favorite LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly artists! Oh, do you need tickets? Ticketmaster is your go-to for the best seats in the house!
Fall Concert Dates
October 1, 8pm
Tyler, The Creator
State Farm Arena
October 3, 7pm
October 6, 8pm
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, October 13, 7:30pm
State Farm Arena
October 19, 7pm
State Farm Arena
November 2, 8pm