Several famous rappers and hip-hop stars are members of the LGBT community. Many of these rappers are gay, but some identify as asexual, pansexual, and bisexual as well. Others are included in this list for their gender identities, such as agender, gender-fluid, and transgender. Several of the gay and lesbian rappers on this list are pioneers in the homo hip-hop music scene. Who is the most famous gay rapper? Azealia Banks tops our list. Azealia Banks is openly bisexual, but she caught a lot of flak from the LGBT community when she used the f-word to describe Perez Hilton. Deadlee is a key player in the homo hip-hop music scene. He married his partner in 2013. Frank Ocean revealed his same-sex love with the song “Thinkin Bout You.” Angel Haze is self-described as pansexual and came out as agender.
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Rapper iLoveMakonnen told his more than 130,000 Twitter followers he was gay in January 2017. “And since y’all love breakign news, here’s some old news to break, I’m gay,” he wrote. “And now I’ve told u about my life, maybe u can go life [sic] yours.” He said through his account that as a fashion icon, he thought it was time he come out and embrace himself.
Founding member of the hip hop boy band Brockhampton, Kevin Abstract realized he was gay at 16 after his first sexual experience with another male. He sees Frank Ocean’s 2012 Tumblr letter as an inspiration to discuss his sexuality. His 2016 album, AmericanBoyfriend, includes lyrics about the first boy he fell in love with.
Angel Haze came out as pan-sexual, defining her sexuality as, “someone who sees people for who they are, and not gender.” She says that she “doesn’t base all of [her] relationships off of sex,” and that “to kind of identify as pansexual, to [her], means to just want love.” Haze performed her own version of Macklemore’s “Same Love,” detailing her experience coming out to her mom as not-straight.
Mélange Lavonne is an openly gay rapper who has dedicated her career to LGBT rights. Her first album,The Movement, included songs such as “Gay Bash,” “Gay Parenting,” and “Haterz,” all about her experiences as a lesbian.
Deadlee is best known for his lyrics, which tackle subjects such as homosexuality, race, class, and police brutality. He was a symbol of inspiration for the homo hip-hop community when he married his partner in 2013.