We all know that Troye Sivan is gay and Miley Cyrus is pansexual, but there are a number of lesser known musicians that are openly queer. On this list we’ve included some high-profile queer musicians who have recently come out, like Janelle Monáe, but also some lesser known queer artists that are currently breaking their way into the music industry.
We wanted to put Jason Mraz first simply because he came out as bisexual earlier this week. He told Billboard in an interview, “I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’” The 41 year-old singer continued, “And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ‘two spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.”
The New York Times previously described Kat Cunning as having an “exquisite, indie-siren quality.” There’s no question the queer artist has an enchanting voice that's equal parts ethereal and sexual. OUT recently caught up with Kat to discuss her new single "Stay On The Line" — a sultry song about phone sex between two lovers.
Janelle Monáe nearly broke the Internet when she came out to Rolling Stone in April. "Being a queer black woman in America," she says, taking a breath as she comes out, "someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker." That same month Monáe released her album, Dirty Computer, which is truly a masterpiece.
With over seven million followers on Instagram, Pabllo Vittar is the most followed drag queen in the entire world. The Brazilian icon turned singer-songwriter reached the top of Brazil’s pop charts in 2017 twice with "K.O." and "Corpo Sensual."
With the voice of a tortured angel, Anohni doesn't sing like anyone you’ve ever heard. Her first album with Antony and the Johnsons was released in 2000; since then she's remained on the music scene with her unique tone and eccentricities. As she said in an interview with Out, “I’m an artist, I’m an animist. I’m transgendered. I’m very non-Christian. I’m mammal identified. Part of the mammal world.”
Called the “most queer-friendly non-queer album of 2013” Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe blends a myriad of genres leaving an album that’s both upbeat but simultaneously raw. Despite being on the 2014 cover of Out, Dev Hynes, singer of Blood Orange, neither identifies as straight nor gay and is tired of others dissecting his sexuality.
Out recently profiled Steve, who skyrocketed into the music industry after releasing his heartbreaking video for All-American Boy. In the interview the gay heartthrob discussed his sobriety, using music as therapy, and his newest studio album, Not the End of Me.