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.
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.
In 2012, Frank Ocean opened up about his sexuality in a Tumblr post
. At the end of the post, he said he felt like a “free man.”
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, American Boyfriend, 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.
Jonny McGovern is an openly gay comedian, musician, and rapper who is known as “The Gay Pimp.”
Cazwell is openly gay. His music videos have been featured on the Logo network.
Solomon was one of the first openly gay rappers to be featured on Eminem’s Sirius Satellite Radio Shade 45.
Katastrophe is considered a pioneer rap artist in the LGBT community as the first openly transgender singer in hip-hop. His music has been featured on The L Word.
UK rapper QBoy is an openly gay pioneer of the homo hip-hop movement in music.
Juba Kalamka is openly bisexual. He is a co-founder of the homohop group Deep Dickollective.
Brooke Candy is openly bisexual. Along with releasing her own music, she also co-starred with Grimes in the music video for “Genesis.”
Big Freedia is openly gay. He has said that he is not transgender, just a man who likes to carry a purse.
“Ima Read” rapper Zebra Katz is openly gay.
Openly gay rapper Le1f is best known for producing tracks for Das Racist.
Openly gay rapper Tori Fixx participated in the HomoRevolution Tour in 2007.
Rapper and drag artist, Mykki Blanco, identifies as transgendered and gender-fluid.
Big Momma is an openly gay male rapper who has received critical acclaim as a music artist. He cites his biggest influences as Biggie Smalls and Lil’ Kim.