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Lil Nas X, Azealia Banks And 6 Other Rappers Who Are Members Of The LGBTQ Community

BY Dora Dzaka February 26, 2024 5:31 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Facebook @Lil Nas X

Numerous LGBTQ divas and superstars have taken the stage and dazzled us all with their vocals. The LGBTQ+ community includes many well-known celebrities in the music industry.

In the homo hip-hop music scene, queer rappers have been successful in recent times, despite the genre’s general prejudice against artistes in the LGBTQ+ community.

While many of these rappers identify as gay, some also identify as pansexual, bisexual, or asexual. Others who identify as agender, gender-fluid, or transgender are included in this list based on their gender identities.

These rappers from the LGBTQ+ community are people you should be aware of, although rap and its supporters still have a long way to go. Artistes such as Azealia Banks, who is openly bisexual; Young M.A.; Lil Nas X; Tyler, the Creator; and Frank Ocean—a number of the rappers on this list who identify as gay or lesbian—are pioneers. This article examines eight rappers who identify as members of the LGBTQ community.

Kevin Abstract 

Rapper Kevin Abstract from Brockhampton has always been outspoken about his sexual orientation and has used his career to further this cause. In actuality, Kevin is said to have come out as gay for the first time in front of a microphone in a recording studio. 

Mista Strange

Mista Strange, a British drill artiste, discussed the dangers of being underestimated as a public gay rapper. He claims that he will not give up and that the negative comments serve as inspiration for his bars. “I’ve had people message me saying they came out after watching my video,” he said. On one of his track, he tackles the identical subject: “They won’t let me pass because I’m gay like Schofield and because I’m back like Santan.” 

Cardi B

The fact that rap sensation Cardi B is bisexual is not widely known. She had to remind everyone after some on Twitter questioned it because of her male relationships. “I a*e b****es out before you were born. Sorry, I don’t have any phone pictures to prove it to you,” noted the rapper.

Young M.A 

Young M.A., a rapper from Brooklyn, isn’t afraid to discuss her sexuality in her songs. She uses music as a way to respect and interact with her relationships without drawing attention to herself as just another gay rapper. “I’m young, M.A. No labels are done by us. I simply couldn’t date a man. Nope, dude, that’s not my thing,” the rapper noted.

Frank Ocean

Rapper and hip-hop artiste Frank Ocean came out as bisexual in 2012 with a heartfelt Tumblr post that concluded with the statement, “I [feel] like a free man.” This statement line, which is both poetic and moving, seems to discuss the risk he is taking by disclosing this private information to the public. But it’s evident that he felt and still feels free and proud of that decision. 

Lil Nas X

While his hit song Old Town Road remained at the top of the Billboard Top 100 Chart for 19 weeks—the longest run since 1958—Lil Nas X came out as a gay rapper. In honor of World Pride Day 2019, the rapper posted the music video for his song “C7osure,” writing, “Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all are not gone, fwm, no more. But before this month ends, I want y’all to listen closely to C7osure,” along with a rainbow emoji which is the flag color of the LGBTQ+ community.

Syd

Rapper and silky-smooth vocalist Syd has been vocal about her queerness and is determined not to let corporate agendas override it. “I love the responsibility of providing representation,” the entertainer declared. However, I believe I’ve always attempted to accomplish that in the most organic manner”. 

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks came out as bisexual on Twitter in response to claims that she was homophobic. She has a history of criticizing the mainstream LGBTQ+ community on issues like marginalization and cultural appropriation. Whether or not you agree with her Twitter controversies, they make an effort to normalize voicing your opinions, even if they aren’t the most widely accepted.