By Connor Dirksen
Folks in the LGBT+ community have always found ways to express themselves in diverse and empowering ways, and like many forms of expression, the rise of internet journalism and self-publication have given way to many new avenues through which they can use their voices. Here at Punk Out, we seek to highlight and encourage all those working toward similar causes as us.
To help elevate some of our favorite voices in the scene, we’ve put together a short list of some of our favorite coverage of LGBT folks and their relationship with the music scene!
Mind Equals Blown: “Alive For The First Time In My Life”
The folks over at Mind Equals Blown have been supporters of Punk Out from the very start, and their staff writer Connor Feimster’s Eulogy to the great band Motion City Soundtrack makes us proud to call them supporters. From diving through Wikipedia pages to coming to terms with one’s own identity through music, his first live experince, and all the ways MCS touched his life, Feimster’s story will resonate with MCS fans of all backgrounds.
Fusion: "Meet PWR BTTM"
If you’re not already listening to the musical powerhouse thatis PWR BTTM, this is a great place to start. The interview goes in depth into how the band met, their early experiences as friends, and their continued growth into the fantastic touring act many have come to know and love. An addendum to this article is necessary, however: at the time of publication, Ben Hopkins used male pronouns, but has since indicated a preference of gender neutral they/them pronouns.
For a taste of their live show experience, check out their Tiny Desk Concert from earlier this year.
Julien Baker’s “Sprained Ankle” has skyrocketed her success far beyond any of her previous projects. The balance of faith and queerness is one many can relate to when growing into their young adult lives. If you’re at all familiar with the album, the tone of the interview might seem in contrast to what you expect. Rather than let the worries and hardships of life bring her down, Baker channels her energy into the songs as a release, and speaks with a bright hope about life. Her reconciliation of her queer, southern, and Christian identities provide a light for herself and many others who look for the same things in life.
Baker also has a Tiny Desk Concert well worth your time.
There are many other online publications who are setting great examples for what LGBT+ inclusion can look like in non-LGBT+ specific publications. New Noise Magazine's "Fear Of A Queer Planet," Substream Magazine and SPIN are just a few more examples of publications amplifying the voice of LGBT+ folks.
Which other LGBT artists or writers have gripped you in the past year? Who are your favorite artists? Let us know in the comments what you think!
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