LGBT in Rock

Created by florxquin on 28 Jun 2020 | Last edited by florxquin on 25 Oct 2020
LGBT in Rock

LGBT Rock1 musicians.
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Lesbian: ⚢
Gay: ⚣
Bisexual: ⚥
Transgender: ⚧
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See also: LGBT In Pop

  • 1. Hard Rock - Punk Rock - Heavy Metal - Indie - Alternative - etc
1. Elton John Artist


Elton announced he was bisexual in the mid-70s. He came out a decade later as gay.
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Spouse(s):
• Renate Blauel (m. 1984–1988)
• David Furnish (m. 2005–2014)
• David Furnish (m. 2014)

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Pop-Rock, R&B/Soul, Rock

Languages:  English, Italian, Constructed Language

2. Freddie Mercury Artist


Freddie claimed to be bisexual but never publicly confirmed his sexuality.
He died of an AIDS-related illness at the age of 45.
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Parter(s):
• Mary Austin (1970–1976)
• Jim Hutton (1985–1991)

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock

Languages:  English, Spanish

3. David Bowie Artist


David Bowie became a symbol for the gay community during the '70s after he revealed that he was bisexual. Later admitting that he was more of a "closeted heterosexual".
It's reported that he had an affair with Mick Jagger.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock

Languages:  English, German, Italian, French

Popular songs:  HeroesSpace OddityStarman

4. Janis Joplin Artist

Janis Joplin never openly came out. However, several of her female lovers eventually spoke out about their relationships with the late singer — Peggy Caserta, in particular.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Blues, Country music, Jazz, Psychedelic, R&B/Soul, Rock

Language:  English

5. The Kinks Artist


Lead guitarist Dave Davies was a big participant in the sexual revolution of the 60s, having relations with both men and women, which he reveals in his 1996 memoir Kink.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genre:  Pop-Rock

Language:  English

6. Pete Townshend Artist


In an old Rolling Stone interwiev Pete Townshend implied that he was gay.
He later describes himself as "probably bisexual" in his 2012 memoir Who I Am.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genre:  Rock

Language:  English

7. Lou Reed Artist


Lou Reed has been very open discussing his bisexuality and is credited for being the first rock artist to write songs about transgender women.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop-Rock, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

8. Styx Artist


Longtime bassist of Styx Chuck Panozzo revealed at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in 2001 that he was gay and had been living with HIV.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Boat On The RiverMr. RobotoBabe

9. Joan Jett Artist

Joan Jett hasn't confirmed or denied being bisexual or a lesbian, as she has always believed people should just focus on the music rather than her personal life.
Former bandmate Lita Ford, however, admitted in an interview that she left the Runaways when she found out the rest of the band was gay.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Punk, Rock

Language:  English

10. Judas Priest Artist


Judas Priest's legendary frontman Rob Halford is perhaps the most important gay figure in the metal community.
He came out in the late 90s.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genre:  Metal

Language:  English

11. Michael Stipe Artist


Stipe announced he was bisexual in 1994.
He came out as gay in 2001.
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Partner:
• Thomas Dozol (since 2012)

Country:  United States

Genres:  Alternative, Rock

Language:  English

12. Faith No More Artist


Faith No More's keyboardis Roddy Bottum came out as gay in 1993.
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Partner:
• Joey Holman

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock

Languages:  English, Portuguese, German, Spanish

Popular songs:  EvidenceEasyMidlife Crisis

13. Brian Molko Artist


Brian Molko is bisexual and is known for sporting an androgynous style.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genre:  Rock

Language:  English

14. Halestorm Artist


Halestorm's frontwoman Lzzy Hale has openly confirmed that she is bisexual.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Bad RomanceBreak InI Miss the Misery

15. Green Day Artist


Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong came out as bisexual in 1995, believing that all people are born bisexual and social toboos force them to stay heterosexual.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Punk

Language:  English

16. Courtney Barnett Artist


Courtney Barnett is openly lesbian.
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Spouse:
• Jen Cloher (m.2017)

Country:  Australia

Genres:  Indie, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

17. Gorgoroth Artist


Ex-Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl is an openly gay icon in the black metal community.

Country:  Norway

Genre:  Metal

Languages:  English, Norwegian

18. Otep Artist


Otep Shamaya is openly lesbian.
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Partner:
• Djosefin Maurerview

Country:  United States

Genre:  Metal

Language:  English

19. Against Me! Artist


Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman of Against Me! came out publicly about being trans in May 2012 shortly after meeting a transgender fan.
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Spouse(s):
• Tiffany Danielle Kay (m. 2000; div. 2004)
• Heather Hannoura (m. 2007; div. 2013)

Country:  United States

Genres:  Rock, Punk

Language:  English


Anna-Varney Cantodea has referred to herself as two-spirited, and as a warrior of the neutral zone.
It is assumed that she is a trans woman.

Country:  Germany

Genre:  Gothic/Darkwave

Languages:  English, German, Latin, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish)

Popular songs:  DeathHousePoisonSaturn Rising

21. Melissa Etheridge Artist


Etheridge came out publicly as lesbian in 1993 at the Triangle Ball, a gay celebration of President Bill Clinton's first inauguration.
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Spouse(s):
• Tammy Lynn Michaels (m. 2003; div. 2010)
• Linda Wallem (m. 2014)

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock

Language:  English

22. Brittany Howard Artist


Howard came out as a lesbian in 2013.
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Spouse:
• Jesse Lafser (m. 2018)

Country:  United States

Genres:  Blues, Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Stay HighShort and SweetBaby

23. King Princess Artist


Mikaela Straus is genderqueer and lesbian.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Indie, Pop, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

24. Phoebe Bridgers Artist


Phoebe Bridgers is bisexual.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Indie

Language:  English

25. Pale Waves Artist


Pale Waves lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie is lesbian.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Alternative, Pop-Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  ChangeEasyShe's My Religion

26. Morrissey Artist


Morrissey consider himself a 'Humasexual'
'Unfortunately, I am not homosexual - I am attracted to humans'

Country:  United Kingdom

Genre:  Indie

Language:  English

27. Cherie Currie Artist


Cherie Currie identified as bisexual in the 70’s.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Hard Rock, Rock

Language:  English

Popular song:  Since You've Been Gone

28. The Runaways Artist

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Sandy West: She was a lesbian, and lived with her partner until her death in 2006.
Cherie Currie: She is bisexual.
Joan Jett: Her sexuality is and always has been ambiguous, as she likes it.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Cherry BombSchool daysRock and Roll

29. Fanny Artist


June Millington: Lesbian
Alice de Buhr: Lesbian

Country:  United States

Genres:  Hard Rock, Rock

Language:  English

30. Screaming Females Artist


Screaming Females lead vocalist Marissa Paternoster is openly lesbian.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Alternative, Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Baby JesusRipeHopeless

31. Julien Baker Artist


Julien Baker has been an out lesbian her whole career.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Alternative, Indie, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

Popular songs:  AppointmentsRejoiceShadowboxing

32. PVRIS Artist


Lead singer Lynn Gunn came out as lesbian at the age of 18.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Alternative, Pop, Pop-Rock, Electropop, Metalcore/Hardcore

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Gimme a MinuteHallucinationsUse Me

33. Sigur Rós Artist


Frontman Jónsi came out as gay at the age of 21.

Country:  Iceland

Genre:  Alternative

Languages:  Icelandic, English

Popular songs:  VarúðThe Rains of CastamereAndvari

34. Boygenius Artist

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Julien Baker: Lesbian
Phoebe Bridgers: Bisexual
Lucy Dacus: Queer

Country:  United States

Genres:  Indie, Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  SouvenirBite the HandStay Down

35. Life of Agony Artist


Mina Caputo came out as transgender in 2011.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Alternative, Rock, Metal

Language:  English

36. Hole Artist


Patty Schemel (drums, 1992-1998, 2012) came out as lesbian during her teenage years.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Alternative, Pop-Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  VioletMalibuPretty On The Inside

37. Sleater-Kinney Artist

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Carrie Brownstein: Bisexual
Corin Tucker: Bisexual

Country:  United States

Genres:  Punk, Indie

Language:  English

Popular songs:  JumpersReach OutThe Future Is Here

38. My Bloody Valentine Artist


Bassist Debbie Googe is lesbian.

Country:  Ireland

Genre:  Rock

Language:  English

39. Virus Artist


Lead singer Federico Moura was gay.
He died of an AIDS-related illness in 1988 at the age of 37.

Country:  Argentina

Genres:  New Wave, Rock

Languages:  Spanish, English

40. Placebo Artist

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Brian Molko: Bisexual
Stefan Olsdal: Gay

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Alternative, Punk, Rock

Languages:  English, French

41. Bloc Party Artist


Lead singer Kele came out as gay in 2010.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genre:  Alternative

Language:  English

Popular songs:  French ExitInto the EarthSkeleton

42. Celeste Carballo Artist


She came out as lesbian in the late 80s. She has been romantically involve with fellow singer Sandra Mihanovich.

Country:  Argentina

Genres:  Blues, Folk, Rock

Language:  Spanish

43. Sandra Mihanovich Artist


She is lesbian and got married in 2016.

Country:  Argentina

Genres:  Jazz, Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Language:  Spanish

44. Beth Ditto Artist

Beth Ditto is openly lesbian.
In 2013 she married her girlfriend and best friend since she was 18.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Indie, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

Popular songs:  FireIn and OutFake Sugar

45. Marilina Bertoldi Artist


She is openly lesbian.

Country:  Argentina

Genres:  Alternative, Rock

Language:  Spanish

Popular song:  Y deshacer

46. Leo Garcia Artist

Leo García is openly gay.

Country:  Argentina

Genres:  Pop, Rock, Electronica

Language:  Spanish

Popular songs:  MorriseyNadie SalvaCosas De La Vida

47. Cazuza Artist

Cazuza was openly bisexual.
He died of an AIDS-related illness in 1990 at the age of 32.

Country:  Brazil

Genres:  Rock, MPB

Language:  Portuguese

48. Cássia Eller Artist

Cássia Eller was bisexual.

Country:  Brazil

Genres:  Alternative, Blues, MPB, Pop-Rock, Latino

Languages:  Portuguese, English, French, German

Popular songs:  MalandragemPor EnquantoO Segundo Sol

49. Nando Reis Artist

Nando Reis is bisexual.

Country:  Brazil

Genres:  MPB, Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock

Languages:  Portuguese, English

50. Gianna Nannini Artist

Gianna Nannini is lesbian.

Country:  Italy

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  Italian, Spanish, Neapolitan, Sicilian

51. Little Richard Artist


Little Richard was identified as gay at one point, but some say he was bisexual.
He was a religious person and because of that he has called his sexual orientation "unnatural".

Country:  United States

Genres:  Blues, Religious, Rock 'n' Roll

Language:  English

52. Long John Baldry Artist


Long John Baldry came out as gay in the 70s.

Country:  Canada

Genres:  Blues, Folk, Rock

Language:  English

Popular song:  Let the Heartaches Begin

53. The Pretty Things Artist


Frontman Phil May was bisexual.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Pop-Rock, R&B/Soul

Language:  English

Popular songs:  RosalynDeath

54. Arthur Conley Artist


Arthur Conley was gay.
In the 70s, he moved to the UK and later the Netherlands and changed his name to Lee Roberts. Some claim that the reason he left the US was because people didn’t accept his sexuality.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Funk, R&B/Soul

Language:  English

Popular song:  Sweet Soul Music

55. Billy Preston Artist


Billy Preston was gay.
He was a Christian and that made it hard for him to come out of the closet and he didn’t come out until right before his death in 2006.

Country:  United States

Genre:  R&B/Soul

Language:  English

56. Jethro Tull Artist

Member of Jethro Tull from 1977 to 1980, Dee Palmer, came out as transgender and intersex in 1998.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Alternative, Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Locomotive BreathAqualungBudapest

57. King's X Artist

Bassist Dug Pinnick confirmed his homosexuality in 1998.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Progressive rock

Language:  English

Popular song:  I Just Want To Live

58. Esquerita Artist

Eskew Reeder, Jr. was gay.

Country:  United States

Genres:  R&B/Soul, Rock 'n' Roll

Language:  English

59. Alex Lahey Artist


Alex Lahey is bisexual.

Country:  Australia

Genres:  Alternative, Rock

Language:  English

Popular song:  I Want to Live with You

60. Fit for Rivals Artist


Lead singer Renee Phoenix is lesbian.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  DamageCrashCut Off Your Hands

61. Cynic Artist


• Frontman Paul Masvidal is gay.
• Ex drummer Sean Reinert was gay.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Metal

Language:  English

62. Cretin Artist

Lead singer Marissa Martinez came out as a transgender woman in 2008.

Country:  United States

Genre:  Metal

Language:  English

Popular song:  Daddy’s Little Girl

63. Big Boys Artist


Lead singer Randy Turner was gay.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Punk, Rock

Language:  English

Popular song:  Act / Reaction

64. Tracy Chapman Artist


Tracy Chapman is lesbian.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Blues, Country music, Folk, R&B/Soul, Singer-songwriter, Pop-Folk, Pop-Rock

Languages:  English, Italian

65. Rio Reiser Artist


Rio Reiser was gay.

Country:  Germany

Genre:  Singer-songwriter

Language:  German

66. The Revolution Artist


Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are lesbians.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Funk, R&B/Soul, Rock

67. Bif Naked Artist

Country:  Canada

Language:  English

Popular songs:  LuckySophia

Comments
Zarina01Zarina01    Sun, 28/06/2020 - 23:49

Would melissa etheridge count?

florxquinflorxquin    Wed, 08/07/2020 - 04:12

Can you tell me their orientation? I'm not familiarized with these artists and I don't want to make mistakes when adding the info.

Zarina01Zarina01    Sun, 12/07/2020 - 16:55

Cazuza was a rock artist from Brazil who was bisexual
Cássia Eller was a rock artist from Brazil who was also bisexual
Nando Reis is a rock artist from Brazil who is bisexual
And Gianna nannini is a pop-rock artist from Italy who is a lesbian

florxquinflorxquin    Mon, 13/07/2020 - 03:54

Thank you! all added

makis17makis17    Wed, 01/07/2020 - 18:56

We have lost the meaning of music, we are more interested in the sexual preferences of artists intrigues and passions instead of the real artistic expression. O tempora o mores!  Devil smile

malucamaluca    Sun, 12/07/2020 - 13:18

Well, this subject is mostly important for young people struggling with coming out as gay, bi or trans themselves. In a world where roughly 90% of the people are heterosexual it is comforting to know that other queer people are out there and they are successful in their jobs and accepted by their fans.

florxquinflorxquin    Sun, 12/07/2020 - 16:04

I agree 🙏🏻
That's the idea of the collection.