It’s Pride Month and we’re looking for every way to celebrate, whether it’s through groundbreaking artwork, inspiring music or liberating dance. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite artists and musicians who are either LGBTQ+ or who have proven to be strong advocates of the LGBTQ+ community.
Take a look, have a listen and share with your friends this month and all summer long!
Sable Elyse Smith
This multifaceted artist possesses a passion for the written word displayed in unique fashion, from neon signage and film to photomontage and paper. The New York-based artist powerfully details the “historical and lived experiences of anti-black violence, creating a physical space that acknowledges trauma and manifests systematically ignored narratives.”
Website – sableelysesmith.com
Instagram – instagram.com/sable_elyse
James B. Whiteside
Also known by the stage names JbDubs and Ühu Betch, James Whiteside does it all. He’s an American ballet dancer, choreographer, model, drag queen, photographer and recording artist. The Connecticut-born wunderkind entered the art world at the tender age of nine and hasn’t stopped creating since. James has choreographed for music videos, commercials, film and ballet, and even hosts his own podcast, The Stage Rightside with James Whiteside.
Website – jameswhiteside.org
Instagram – instagram.com/jamesbwhiteside
Drag – instagram.com/uhubetch
Music – instagram.com/jbdubsmusic
Photography – instagram.com/jeighmzwytesyde
Chris E. Vargas
This video maker and “interdisciplinary artist” expands on many mainstream idioms as well as “explores the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical and institutional memory and popular culture.” The Washington-based creator is also the executive director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art, which highlights the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape.
Website – chrisevargas.com/
Instagram – instagram.com/chrisevargas/
Kyle Abraham is transformative art in motion. As the founding artistic director of American contemporary dance company A.I.M, Kyle created a space to honor his history, experiences and artistic interests through dance. In November 2012, Abraham was appointed as a New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014 and has continued to shape the landscape for dancing artistry since.
Website – abrahaminmotion.org
Instagram – instagram.com/abraham.in.motion
Based in Minneapolis, Dizzy Far is a classically trained singer and dancer who has already blazed a trail in the music world as a groundbreaking R&B artist. The 20-year-old has developed a truly eclectic style that has landed her on stages alongside The Internet, Kehlani, Poliça, Empress Of and Jorja Smith. Shortly after graduating from Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, she embarked on a sold-out US tour with Lizzo, and she’s only getting started.
Website – linktr.ee/dizzyfae
Instagram – instagram.com/dizzyfae
Martine Gutierrez is an artist as well as a published musician and producer. The Brooklyn-based performance artist draws from diverse media, acting as subject, artist and muse to document the fluidity of relationships and the role of genders within them. Martine’s first unreleased single, “Hands Up,” was selected by Saint Laurent Paris for their Cruise Collection 2012 video editorial. Her music has since been featured by several other fashion houses, including Christian Dior and Acne Studios.
Website – martinegutierrez.com
Instagram – instagram.com/martine.tv
A talented choreographer and contemporary dancer, Emma Portner is actively breaking boundaries with her “curious, honest, and versatile movement.” The Canadian-born dancer was honored at the 2012 American Dance Awards as Young Choreographer of the Year and was included in The New York Times “30 Under 30” documentary series. The New York-based artist produces and directs her own short films, manages her own dance company and often collaborates with her wife, actor Ellen Page, on numerous musical projects.
YouTube – youtube.com/user/EmmaPortner/feed
Instagram – instagram.com/emmaportner/
Louis Fratino is known for his deeply intimate work and takes great pride in creating art that is a “loving and honest expression of the contemporary gay experience.” The Annapolis-born, Brooklyn-based artist makes paintings and drawings of male subjects, including portraits, nudes and intimate scenes of couples engaged in activities ranging from the mundane to the graphically sexual, drawing inspiration from personal experience and photographic sources. The budding painter is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting in 2015-16 and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship in 2014.
Instagram – instagram.com/loufratino
Originally from Orlando, this skilled singer, songwriter and producer released his first EP, “American Dream,” in 2015 as Gabriel Brown and soon after created the powerful Bronze Avery persona we know and love today. While he formerly avoided discussing his sexuality, Bronze Avery now passionately embraces LGBTQ+ themes throughout his music and continues to climb the charts with his latest 2020 release, “Only You”.
Website – bronzeavery.com
Instagram – instagram.com/bronzeavery
Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, Christina Quarles lives and breathes the artistic city life. As a proud queer cis-woman born to a black father and a white mother, Christina engages with the world from a position that is “multiply situated.” Christina’s paintings and drawings continually influenced by her daily experience with “ambiguity and seeks to dismantle assumptions of our fixed subjectivity through images that challenge the viewer to contend with the disorganized body in a state of excess.” The seasoned artist has received countless accolades and notable press mentions for her work and continues creating masterpieces from her LA studio.
Instagram – instagram.com/cequarles