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Music embraces everyone, regardless of income, race, or orientation. As part of our mission, we support all musicians and embrace the differences we all bring to the creative table.We are all family through the realm of music. Let us look through history to see family members within the music world that identified as LGBTQ:

Ma Rainey

During the early blues years Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were the biggest stars of the era, and both were bisexual. They laid the foundation for other queer jazz and blues artists including Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone and Clare Teal.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Billy Tipton

Billy Tipton was an acclaimed jazz musician in the 40s, 50s and 60s. It was only after his death in 1989 that his family revealed the fact he had been transgender. His sons only learned of the fact themselves when their father was dying.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Johnnie Ray

Johnnie Ray is a largely forgotten 50’s crooner. Any more information will be added here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The B52’s

Namely most of the members identified as Lesbian, which created the iconic hits such as Rock Lobster, Love Shack,

 

 

 


Boy George

During the 80’s we saw many androgynous musicians. Boy George came out with hits such as Karma Chameleon and much more.

 

 

 


Know of any musicians we missed that should be on this list? Send us a message with a brief bit of information and a picture and we will update!

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Christopher Newcombe

Christopher NewcombeChristopher Newcombe is a Washington state music educator that has done clinicians across the state, including an extended stay at Bainbridge High School and Stadium High School. Christopher works tiredly to ensure all children have access to the performing arts if they desire to. Christopher also served in the US military.View all posts by Christopher Newcombe »