Diplo doesn’t always make playlists, but Pride Month calls for a special acknowledgment of the LGBTQ artists who remain impactful in the music industry throughout the year.
“Sorry I don’t make more playlists,” Diplo wrote in a recent Instagram post, “I’m working hard making sets every night when I DJ…almost always trying to improvise or do something new and looking to break new music.”
While Diplo admittedly doesn’t always have the time to craft playlists, the producer took a moment to acknowledge Pride Month via the curation of a playlist dedicated to showcasing musical selections from the various gay and nonbinary artists with whom he’s worked, and from those who have continually served as sources of inspiration in the course of his own career.
“These artists set the table for what trends we have in the clubs today by taking risks and being loud and fearless,” Diplo added. “If you get a chance do your research and learn about their scenes and book some of them in your town and add them to your own playlists.”
A spirited means of celebration, the playlist sees releases from many diverse artists, including SOPHIE, Mike Q, and Starrah, among others.
Australia joined the ranks of 25 other countries to officially legalize gay marriage on December 7, causing a wave of celebration over a legal battle that has been drawn out in the country for 13 years.
Alison Wonderland was on tour in home country at the height of festivities surrounding this development, and thus decided to use her gig in Sydney to show her support in an emotive fashion. The songstress assisted a woman in making her proposal unforgettable bringing the happy couple on stage and later giving them a shout-out on Twitter while expressing pride in her country.
The battle for marriage rights began in 2004, when the parliament amended the Marriage Act to ban the institution for gays. Since then, an overwhelming display of support for the return of their rights led to a new vote that officiated gay marriage as a legal right.
National Pride Month is coming to an end in just a couple of days, and as a part of commemoration, many music artists have expressed their support to the LGBTQ community throughout the month. For instance, Billboard magazine has been featuring Pride Month love letters to the community every day from various pop culture icons.
Throughout the course of LGBT Pride Month, countless artists have voiced their and support for the LGBTQ community. Earlier in June, GRiZ notably told his story of coming to terms with his sexuality in an inspirational OP-ED for Huffington Post. Now, Martin Garrix has provided another far-reaching perspective on the topic.
As part of Billboard’s “Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community” series, the Dutch artist joined public figures such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and Elizabeth Warren to write his own narrative of support for equality regardless of sexual orientation.
In his “love letter,” Garrix recounted how citizens of his country linked together in support of the LGBTQ community after two gay men were assaulted for holding hands in public, and provided his own personal message of advocacy based on his own experiences performing:
A couple of weeks ago, two gay men were assaulted in Holland because they were holding hands. A tragic event which sparked a beautiful response; a couple of days after the event took place hundreds of people walked hand in hand through Amsterdam to show their solidarity including many politicians. When people unite and stand up for other people’s rights it creates such a beautiful and powerful message. We will not be defined by these heinous acts but instead how we band together and react to them, loyal, united and filled with love.
Whenever I’m on stage it makes me so happy to see all these different people in the crowd having fun together. Music really unites people and no matter who tries to get in our way, it will always continue to do so. This Pride month I’m sending my love and immense gratitude to the entire LGBTQ community which includes my friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and of course my incredibly loyal fans.
Seeb made their way into the public’s eye by masterfully remixing Mike Posner’s ‘Took A Pill In Ibiza’. They remixed it so well that when all was said and done their remix was more recognizable than the original track. A few weeks back they dropped their first original track of 2017, and now today they
With the impending release of her sophomore album, hopeless fountain kingdom, Halsey flaunts her distinctive vocal talent in “Strangers” featuring Lauren Jurengui of Fifth Harmony. “Strangers” is a provoking piece that places an emphasis on the identity of both performing artists who are openly bi-sexual, enabling Halsey and Jurengui to communicate a story that’s entirely tenable without exploiting their respective individualities. Halsey said the following of her single “Strangers”:
“I just love that Lauren Jauegui and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community. ‘Strangers’ is just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns”.
hopeless fountain kingdom will be available everywhere on June 2. Ahead of the release of Halsey’s highly-anticipated inbound LP, stream “Strangers” now.
The head of Coachella parent company AEG, Philip Anschutz, has come under fire for reportedly making donations to anti-LGBT groups through his personal foundation, a claim he fiercely denies.
Allegations first surfaced this morning in a Washington Postopinion piece, which claims to out the “enemies of equality” in an interactive infographic. The graphic illustrates a sprawling anti-LGBT conspiracy and a web of alleged donations. Among other high profile politicians and executives, the report claims that the Anschutz Foundation made donations to anti-LGBT and anti-abortion rights groups like the Family Research Council and the National Christian Foundation.
In his role as AEG boss, Anschutz oversees a number of organizations including concert promotion group Goldenvoice which backs festivals like Coachella, FYF, and others. Organizations like Greenpeace have already spoken out against the festival with some groups already calling for boycotts of the popular events.
Anschutz has made quick work of refuting the allegations, issuing a brief statement only hours after the story appeared online.
“Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news—it is all garbage,” said Anschutz. ” I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of companies, all of whom are important to us—the only criteria on which they are judged is the quality of their job performance; we do not tolerate discrimination in any form.”
“When it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes,” added Anschutz, “we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”
The owner of AEG, Philip Anschutz, has come under fire for donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations. His company, Anschutz Entertainment Group, owns and operates Goldenvoice, which organizes the annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival, making for a stark contrast to the festival’s own values.
However, The Washington Post article which painted Anschutz as an “Enemy of Equality,” was published in June and was promptly met with with action and a statement regarding the claims. Now that Coachella’s lineup has released, excitement surrounding the festival has drawn the the article back to the surface once again, and Anschutz is far from happy about the propagation of this “fake news.” He has since responded to these renewed concerns in a statement to Rolling Stone.
“I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. Neither I nor the Anschutz Foundation fund any organization with the purpose or expectation that it would finance anti-LGBTQ initiatives, and when it has come to my attention or the attention of the Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”