QUEERNESS AND INCLUSION IN POP MUSIC
Artists, singers and performers have always been a way for people to identify, relate and feel represented. Today, we would like to shed some light on pop music curiosities. We are focusing on european artists whose queerness or life experiences made them who they are, enabling them to share their art in inclusive ways. Representation matters, body image cannot be a tool of oppression and queer rights fight relies on intersectionality. Please, do not hesitate to share with us artists, singers and performers who inspire you.
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS
Quickly accessing the range of french pop icons in 2013, Christine and the queens takes her name from a blessed encounter of drag queens in London, before starting her career. There, she discovered stage expression of the body and took back home with her the grounds of her future project: dancing, singing, performing.
Coming out as pansexual while promoting her second album CHRIS in 2018, Chris had to face unprepared and unpleasant questions from journalists. Nevertheless, Christine and the queens definitely participated in creating a safer world for gender nonconforming people as she was offering performances, songs and interviews that go beyond the binary.
Performance : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9q_CPDhMHs
Photo source : https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/41491/1/christine-and-the-queens-chris-new-album-interview
Identifying both as bisexual and pansexual, Japanese-British singer Rina Sawayama, born in Japan, is rapidly becoming a pop icon in the UK and beyond. Recently performing with sir Elton John this year, who is seeing her as a new star in pop music, Rina came out quite clearly : “I’ve always written songs about girls. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a guy in my songs”.
Performance : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85_uFm1R5TA
Deeply driven by a feeling of rebellion against this conformist society, talented singer songwriter Yseult became a model for a lot of young people who do not see themselves in the too smooth and too white codes imposed by the music industry.
She is claiming it : “I am a female, I am black, I am fat and I am an entrepreneur, owning my own music label”. Her message is intended for any community that feels oppressed and not represented enough. Her powerful and gentle voice transports you through your heart and mind and makes you feel like you are not alone.
Performance : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gSRPOLiTcQ
Photo source : https://lavagueparallele.com/bad-boy-le-confirme-yseult-est-la-nouvelle-claque-de-la-chanson-francaise/
German born Kim Petras could be called as the super talented badass transgender singer. Also known for being the “youngest” person to transition, at age 16, Kim Petras displays her enormous talent through pop EPs, albums, live performances and funny interviews.
Kim Petras is an activist too, fighting for trans rights, especially for young, trans kids.
Photo source : https://gothammag.com/kim-petras-is-our-pop-savior
Berlin based singers Sedric and Aaron form the queer duo FHAT, offer chill R&N’B music. With talented queer artist Janelle Monae being one of their influences, FHAT claims that their main inspiration comes from the friendship they share. Both of them being vocal about gay rights, body positivity and toxic masculinity, the duo released an music video in late 2020 “MAJOR”, adressing those issues.
Music video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ylCaigLgHU