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The best LGBTQ+ artists and DJs

Kill. Mother. C*nt. Simply fantastic.

That’s how we would describe the gay community and their wide selection of LGBTQ+ artists and DJs, who have been on the charts for decades. From Dusty Springfield and Ru Paul to Elton John and newer talents like Kim Patras. It’s hard to cram them all into one space, but since they’re so fully booked and busy, this is probably for the best.

However, to celebrate this pride, we’ve come up with our own way to spotlight some of the community’s most talented members with a list of the music industry’s top LGBTQ+ artists and DJs. So help us truly celebrate our pride and meet the best LGBTQ+ artists and DJs of all time!

Elton John

It’s no surprise that at the top of the list is none other than one of the biggest icons in the LGBTQ+ community, Sir Elton John. He’s best known for his iconic piano skills and gag-worthy outfits, and no one does it better than Elton John. Besides the glitter, sequins and quirky lenses, Elton John has created some absolute timeless classics, including ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Candle in the Wind’ and ‘Your Song’; it’s no wonder he’s listed as one of the top LGBTQ+ artists.


David Bowie

Let’s dance? We will lead the way as you follow when we talk about none other than one of the most influential men in the music industry; David Bowie. Many have tried, but no one does it as well as David, with his debut ‘Space Oddity’, in which his glamorous rock look shook up the music industry and welcomed a new perspective to music. Bowie challenged norms by creating a safe space for gay culture from the 1970s onwards, educating us no matter what body we were born into; we can be whoever we want!


Lady Gaga

Praised for “re-queering” the mainstream, Lady Gaga is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to not only her music, but the love and support she gives to the LGBTQ+ community. Lady Gaga has emerged as an openly bisexual woman and has shown that she is what the music industry has been missing for some time; complete uniqueness. From her meat dress to her classics that can be found in every gay club around the world, she is more than alone mother. She is a true LGBTQ+ icon who helps us remember why we were born that way!


Freddie Mercury

A tragic end to such a heroic career, but must we never forget the dent Queen left, not only on their fans, but on the entire music industry in general. Especially singer Freddie Mercury who put everything into his craft and created intricate sounds that could only be perfected by the genius that he was. And let’s not forget the iconic looks he would come on stage with, combined with his flamboyant stage presence. It’s no wonder he’s one of the best LGBTQ+ artists.


George Michael

‘Freedom’, ‘Last Christmas’, part of one of pop’s biggest bands, Wham, and a lifeline of collaborations, George Michael is nothing if not one of the best LGBTQ+ artists of all time. With his unapologetic way of handling his outing, George maintained his composure to allow himself to embrace his true self. Which didn’t stop him from letting his graceful sound flow through our speakers. He didn’t give a f*ck and neither did his fans as they barked, danced and celebrated Georges’ music. And while the legend is not with us today, he still leaves his mark with some of the best bangers to ever hit the charts. So thank you Michael, we love you xx


Dusty Springfield

London-born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, better known as Dusty Springfield, is another artist we would list as one of the best LGBTQ+ artists. Dusty rose to fame with her signature mezzo-soprano sound that won over her listeners. What really caught their attention, however, was her openness to supporting the gay community after coming out as a lesbian. And while the nature of her coming out story feels humbling, it opened doors for queer people to know there were more of them around. Dusty remains a constant figure not only for the LGBTQ community, but also within the black community that supports their music, and of course because she is a damn firecracker of a woman.


Queen Latifah

Some may know her as a class actress, but we know her as one of the most hardcore rappers in the game. She’s got a swag like no other and a boss silk press that will put your leave to shame. Being proudly married to her wife for a long time, Queen Latifah has been the lesbian icon we all needed to truly show us that women can do anything. And with her most popular song, UNITY, we couldn’t think of a better word to join some of the best LGBTQ+ artists.


Ru Paulus

Tell someone cover girl but some bass in your walk? Well, if you didn’t, we certainly did, because next on our list for some of the best LBGTQ+ performers is none other than the drag queen of queens; Rule Paul. Paving the way for drag culture to truly flourish in mainstream media, Rul Paul is a standout LGBTGQ+ performer. With drag racing under their belt, a long list of celeb friends and enough funky music to keep you dancing all night long; it’s no mystery why they rank nicely on this list.


Sam Smith

From the beginning, Sam Smith has been a very openly proud LGBTQ+ artist. When they made their debut with their falsettos and incredible range, there were no questions about the extent of their talent. In 2023, Sam Smith became the most famous non-binary person in the public eye, which could only mean one thing; living as their true authentic self. Now that they’re celebrating the bodies they’re in, Sam takes pride in experimenting with their looks, from high lace-up boots to corsets, and that undeniably unique Britt Award outfit (you know the one). While some have accepted the criticism, we couldn’t be more proud of the artist Sam Smith has become.


Tracy Champman

If you’ve never heard the song “Fast Car,” you’ve been living under a rock because it’s possibly one of the best songs that portrays life’s struggles with socially conscious themes. And although the multi-award-winning artist lives a quieter life, Tracy remains a true boon to the music industry, with her songs receiving new renditions every day. Singing, songwriting and performing to the charts and our hearts, Tracy is the icon that you are.


Kim Petras

Anyone fancy coconuts? If you’ve encountered German-born pop artist Kim Petras, you may be familiar with her craft. She puts the capital C in camp with her fun and catchy tunes and has no problem showing her creativity through her music. One of the music industry’s biggest trans artists, she has flourished especially recently with her collaboration with Sam Smith on ‘Unholy’. Petras is the first trans person to ever win a major category at the Grammys, which is why we consider her one of the best LGBTQ+ artists.


The blessed Madonna

The Blessed Madonna is an American DJ who seriously knows his way around the decks and produces some cool house classics. Blessed Madonna struggled at a younger age and found music as a form of expression as a non-conforming, non-binary person. Better known for their long list of mixtapes, The Blessed Madonna is one of the best LGBTQ+ DJs in the game. Especially after he was labeled as one of the most ‘exciting turntablists’. The Blessed Madonna continues to bless us with their sound, and we can’t wait for what else they have in store!


Kehlani

To round out this list, we have an RnB singer who always manages to send everyone into a bit of a panic. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about none other than Kehlani. Kehlani is more than just a pretty face, she is also a singer who continues to produce banger after banger; showing that they can really hit a note or two. Before coming out as a lesbian in a comedy TikTok in 2021, Kehlani identified as bi. However, the community embraced the singer and shared that it’s never too late to come out, and we couldn’t agree more, Kehlani!



If you’re wondering where some of your favorites are, don’t worry, they haven’t been forgotten, but if we listed them all, we’d be here until the next Pride! But don’t worry, because we’ve got plenty more pride content to keep you entertained all month long!!

Click HERE for more LGBTQ+ events across the country. You can also check out our playlist full of LGBTQ+ bangers in our pride playlist.


Check out our What’s On Guide to discover more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs happening in the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, visit our Things To Do page or get inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.

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