LGBT in Rock

Created by florxquin on 28 Jun 2020 | Last edited by florxquin on 20 Jul 2020
LGBT in Rock

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

8. Styx

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

14. Halestorm

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

15. Green Day

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.

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

17. Gorgoroth
Artist | Norway Metal

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

18. Otep

Otep Shamaya is openly lesbian.
• Djosefin Maurerview

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

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.

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

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

Mikaela Straus is genderqueer and lesbian.

Phoebe Bridgers is bisexual.

Pale Waves lead singer Heather Baron-Gracie is lesbian.

26. Morrissey

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

Cherie Currie identified as bisexual in the 70’s.

⚥ ⚢
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.

29. Fanny

June Millington: Lesbian
Alice de Buhr: Lesbian

Screaming Females lead vocalist Marissa Paternoster is openly lesbian.

Top 3 songs:  Hopeless Baby Jesus Ripe

Julien Baker has been an out lesbian her whole career.


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

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

34. Boygenius

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

Mina Caputo came out as transgender in 2011.

36. Hole

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

⚥ ⚥
Carrie Brownstein: Bisexual
Corin Tucker: Bisexual

Artist | Ireland Rock

Bassist Debbie Googe is lesbian.

39. Virus

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

40. Placebo

⚥ ⚣
Brian Molko: Bisexual
Stefan Olsdal: Gay

Lead singer Kele came out as gay in 2010.

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

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

Top 3 songs:  Fire In and Out Fake Sugar

She is openly lesbian.

Top song:  Y deshacer

Leo García is openly gay.

47. Cazuza
Artist | Brazil Rock MPB

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

Cássia Eller was bisexual.

Nando Reis is bisexual.

Gianna Nannini is lesbian.

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".

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

Frontman Phil May was bisexual.

Top 2 songs:  Rosalyn Death

Every member of the B-52s was gay or bisexual, except for Ricky Wilson’s sister, Cindy.

Fred Schneider: Gay
Ricky Wilson: Gay
Keith Strickland: Gay
Kate Pierson: Bisexual

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.

Top song:  Sweet Soul Music

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.

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

58. King's X

Bassist Dug Pinnick confirmed his homosexuality in 1998.

Alex Lahey is bisexual.

Lead singer Renee Phoenix is lesbian.

62. Cynic

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

63. Cretin

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

64. Big Boys

Lead singer Randy Turner was gay.

Top song:  Act / Reaction
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.