Brandy recently chatted with “The Advocate” about LGBTQIA+ representation in hip hop, and she’s happy to see the progression in today’s culture.
For the first time in hip hop history, multiple LGBTQIA+ artists are finding chart-topping success. While there have been gay or queer artists in hip hop in the past, never has there been a time in the genre’s history where rappers are coming forward, unapologetically, about their sexuality. Artists like , Big Freedia, , 070 Shake, Saul Williams, Syd the Kid, , and depending on who you ask, , have all openly shared their personal lives with fans. There has been an unprecedented amount of support shown to these artists, and singer is happy to see the progression.
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“I feel like love is the most important magic that we have in life, and wherever there’s love, that’s where I want to be,” she recently told The Advocate. “I feel like it’s important for everybody to feel loved and everybody to feel like they are accepted and they have a family of people, that we can all come together and be one person. . I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful for the love that we all can share together.”
“I feel like this is a great time to be yourself and to be accepted,” Brandy added of the shift that hip hop is experiencing with the visibility of LGBTQIA+ artists. “.” Watch Brandy chat with The Advocate in full below.