Identifying as a “young bisexual woman of colour from a family of immigrants”, Maia claims that her bisexuality isn’t something that she thinks about too much on a day to day basis– that being said, she is proud to be a member of the LGBTQA+ community.
DOV's music is hypnotic, to say the least. It is stunning and beautiful, every song powerful in a different way.
As much as I love listening to 90s Madonna and Janet Jackson, I have issues with how central the figure of a cishet pop diva is in discussions about LGBTQ music. Just because we have learned to do the labour of translating dominant experiences to our own doesn’t mean it should be demanded of us.
The song is strikingly genuine, and it is hard not to get caught up in the emotions it expresses, and feel just as lost as the singer themselves. It is clear how much this relationship meant to Somaya, and it is easy to understand every emotion expressed in the song.
With sweet lyrics like “You’re the only thing that matters, other than the things I wanna share with you”, the song is sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, if not a little tearful about how beautiful love is.
Heavily centered on the queer community and trans people of color, the video showcases locally-, nationally-, and globally-known influential figures.
The music video for Temptation, the song that helped her– and many other Desis, I imagine– come to term with her sexuality, is also similar to her other music videos, and now, almost two years later, Raveena has come out with a new single ‘Headaches’ that is unapologetically queer.
Miley is not all good, though– like any other celebrity, she has had her fair share of controversies.
Pauline Mancini, 24 years old, lives in Lorraine, France. She started music at the age of 16, not knowing anything about it.
From growing up learning Carnatic music to launching their YouTube channel performing covers to finally becoming a full-time indie-pop artist, Teenasai's journey is a celebration for the desi queer community.
Having followed KPop since 2014, I have watched as more and more of my friends and acquaintances find themselves drawn to this genre of music, drawn to KPop mega idols like BTS and EXO.
Bin Baykancha Tamasha is an all men dance troupe that has broken new ground in this usually women-centric art form.
The queer girl’s reality is all expectation and inevitable let-down. Like a bad rollercoaster. Or someone telling you something is “super spicy” and it isn’t.
How many times in your life do you fall in love with someone? How many times is it reciprocated? Does the reciprocation look similar to your expectations?
The most substantial thing I as an artist can ask is for the audience is to relate to my music or my work. To find relevance in people’s lives and experiences is the most excellent feeling ever.
‘Lingering Wine’ features Pragya’s powerhouse vocals and soulful composition, and attempts to have a universal appeal that can entice lovers of all genders.
The content of popular music becomes a medium through which partners express their emotions and the representation of love and romance often become a standard for roles, expectations, feelings (or lack of thereof), and gender appropriation in romantic and sexual arrangements.
One morning, as I sit on the floor in the corner of my room, stressed about something, I hear Troye’s music playing in the background. But this time, I don’t just hear it: I listen.
It has been five years since Kalyan entered the music scene and he has definitely made his own mark. Even a half-hearted attempt to listen to his work will make one thing clear-- he is not afraid to chart his own path.
Over the past 2 years, I have learned more about the community's needs. My space has been acknowledged and my voice encouraged.