The 10 Female Artists You Should Be Listening To

There may be a few successful women in music at the moment, but there still aren’t enough. And, let’s be honest, some of them suck anyway.

Here’s a list, in no particular order, of ten female artists and female-fronted bands you may not know, but you should definitely listen to. Oh, and they are all proud feminists and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community too, which we’re always here for.

King Princess

King Princess, born Mikaela Straus, is a 19 year old singer-songwriter from New York, who’s signed to Mark Ronson’s label. She’s smart, funny and incredibly talented. She’s also in the longlist for the BBC Sound of 2019 award (previously won by artists such as Adele and Sam Smith), so you may want to check her out before she takes over the world. Listen to 1950, which is probably her most popular song – Harry Styles even tweeted the lyrics to it!

Billie Eilish

Even if you don’t know Billie Eilish, you know Billie Eilish. The 16 year old (yes, 16) has the voice of an angel, and sells out venues in minutes. She is loved by big stars, such as Ellie Goulding and Julia Roberts, and hopefully will be loved by you too: listen to her latest single when the party’s over, but be careful, the video might freak you out a little.

Greentea Peng

She’s just so awesome. As you can guess from her name, Greentea Peng is a London girl. She has a beautiful jazzy voice, and looks too cool to be real. If you’re into chill music (or are a stoner), she’s the girl for you. Check out Moonchild, and if you’re not into trippy music videos, just focus on her voice.

Kim Petras

Kim Petras is the pop princess we all need. Although she is mostly known for being transgender and having transitioned at a young age, she makes some pretty great music too. Make your Y2K music video dreams come true and check out I Don’t Want It All.

PVRIS

PVRIS (resist the urge to call them puh-vuh-ris – it’s pronounced Paris) are a female-fronted rock band from Massachusetts. Their sound is unique and lead singer Lynn Gunn has an incredibly powerful voice, which sounds exactly the same when she sings live. Listen to White Noise and keep an eye out for them if you’re planning on going to Reading or Leeds Festival!

Willow Smith

You obviously all know Willow Smith. But, forgetting Whip My Hair, did you know she makes good music? She doesn’t release enough of her own, but is featured in a few of her brother’s songs. If you want a taste of what she sounds like, listen to Jimi, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty is a 21 year old rapper, mother, and legend in the making. Her music will make you feel like a boss, and she already has six mixtapes out, so your playlist will be on fire. Rico knows she’s weird and lives for it, which should only inspire you to be yourself as well. Check out her song Countin Up, but be careful: it will be stuck in your head for hours.

Yonaka

Yonaka are an alternative band from Brighton. They just toured Europe and the UK with Bring Me The Horizon, and will share a stage with them again at All Points East festival in May. Don’t worry, they don’t sound anything like BMTH, but hopefully the band will bring them the attention that they deserve. Listen to Creature and go wild.

Princess Nokia

If you need some music to boost your confidence, or just to dance along to, listen to Princess Nokia. The American rapper has a unique voice (which can sound very different from song to song) and talks about herself and her life in a candid way in all her songs. She seems to do what she wants, and it’s working out for her. Tomboy is one of her most popular songs, and will give you an idea of what she’s like.

Brooke Candy

Brooke Candy looks and sounds unique. Sia loves her (she’s actually kind of her mentor), so you should too. Brooke is also idolised by the gay community, and it’s clear she takes inspiration from drag queens with her makeup looks. And Brooke Candy is her real name, so you know she was born to be a star. Music wise, her song Nasty is a jam, and there’s nothing better than hearing her refer to a guy as hoe.

Are you a fan of any of these artists? And is there anyone you think should be on the list? Let us know.

Queer Christianity: Finding Acceptance in a Conservative America

I am an American. I am a lifelong, believing Christian. And this September, I came out as pansexual.

The three of these identifiers do not often mix well, and I find myself often facing crossroads—do I stay in the closet around my Christian friends? Do I hide my religious identity around my queer friends?

More often than not, I just stay quiet—which is pretty sad, truth be told. But, in the current political climate of America, who wants to out themselves?

When I finally came to terms with my sexuality, I was at “the world’s largest Christian university” in Virginia. I was surrounded by southern, conservative peers who would sneer that the “homosexuals” are going to hell.

That’s when the panic set in. How do you justify your sexuality with your religion, if everyone says your religion hates queer people? I knew I was still a Christian, and I could never stop believing in God and Jesus, but I felt lost.

“If God hates queer people”, I wondered, “why would He make me like this? God doesn’t make mistakes, does He?”

This fear and confusion is, unfortunately, not unique to my experience. Alex Burchnell, who runs the Twitter @AlexChrisQCFV (Queer Christian Family Values) with his husband, Chris, in the American south, has experienced similar feelings in his Christian walk.

“I never questioned my identity in Christ until I came out in my first year of college,” Alex said. “I saw how the church turned on those in the LGBTQ community and started questioning if I would believe in a God who would allow this.”

Like Alex, I was also angry and confused. I had a hard time separating the behaviour of Christians from the God they worshipped.

“It wasn’t until I met other Christians who showed me that there were people who weren’t bigoted and still believed strongly in Christ,” Alex said. “I started reading more about the life of Jesus and learning for myself rather than relying on what others told me.”

This was an important step in my own reconciliation of sexuality—inputting Bible verses into different translations, crying on the shoulders of my Christian friends who embraced me wholeheartedly, and remembering what it was about God that made me love Him in the first place.

When I came out to friends, I had a mostly positive reaction (after all, I chose good friends) but my family found themselves angry and hurt. When the reactions aren’t as positive as a queer Christian would hope for, Chris has advice for them.

“It doesn’t matter what you do or who you are attracted to, God is love, and His love is infinite,”  said Chris. “Even if you have to hide it for a while, there is no reason you can’t be a queer Christian. There are others out there, so you’re not alone. God isn’t the issue, it’s the people who claim to follow Him. God is acceptance. People are conditional.”

Ultimately, your religion can go hand-in-hand with your sexuality. There is no way to “pray away” your feelings (trust me, most of us have tried). No amount of hellfire-and-brimstone sermons will spook your queerness out of your soul.

God loves us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image, and He doesn’t make mistakes.

If you’re a queer Christian looking for support, I recommend the #FaithfullyLGBT tag on Twitter to link up with queer theologians, pastors and believers who can share their advice.

Top 10 LGBTQ+ Television Shows You Need to Watch ASAP

Not sure what to watch when you should be studying for exams? Check out this list of the top 10 binge-worthy television shows featuring LGBTQ+ characters!

1: Queer as Folk

This 2000s-era show follows five men and their adventures in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The series, based off the UK show of the same name, is memorable thanks to the characters’ gritty storylines, frank discussion of HIV and drug use, and impactful sweet moments.

2: Noah’s Arc

This two-season show follows the lives of four gay black men in Los Angeles. With its city-esqe vibes and the portrayal of black gay men, Noah’s Arc broke the mould and created a new standard in gay storytelling. The cast are all people of colour, and the issues that these characters are faced with coincide with what minority gay men go through.

3: Degrassi Next Generation/Next Class

This long-running Canadian series continually covers difficult topics like mental illness, body dysphoria, drug abuse, and sexual assault. In a high school setting, each season showcases relationships, coming out, violence inflicted on LGBTQ+ teens and more. In total, Degrassi has had over 20 LGBTQ+ characters—each with their own stories that the community can relate to.

4: Grey’s Anatomy

This medical drama is an hour full of laughter, tears and love. Grey’s does an amazing job at creating relatable characters that are multi-layered and full of emotion. The show does an amazing job at showcasing diversity within its storylines, including strong and driven LGBTQ+ men and women.

5: South of Nowhere

This amazing show is about a girl named Spencer, who moves across America to Los Angeles while coming to terms with being a lesbian. With a great supporting cast, this teen show is the perfect blend of storyline, real-world issues and character-building, allowing viewers to feel closer to the characters and themselves.

6: The L Word

This is a show that will forever be ingrained in the hearts and minds of the LGBTQ+ community. Set in L.A., it is a gritty, yet fun, drama-filled portrayal of LGBTQ+ life, and the show tackles tough topics like infidelity, transphobia, discrimination, cancer and death.

7: Looking

This sleeper hit is based around the lives of four gay men in San Francisco. Each of the main cast shows diversity amongst gay men while not feeding into stereotypes. It follows the journey of main character Patrick, along with his friends, Augie and Richie, as they go through the trials and tribulations of relationships.

8: Glee

Glee uniquely mixes show tunes, top 40 songs and drama with real-life problems. The characters are extremely funny, relatable and diverse, and represent different racial and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. Having roughly 10 LGBTQ+ characters with amazing storylines (and voices to die for), this show is a must-watch for musical lovers.

9: Sense8

From the creators of the Matrix trilogy, this boundary-pushing Netflix drama takes viewers on wild ride with a unique cast of multicultural characters. The show is beautifully filmed, and features strong LGBTQ+ representation, including interracial lesbian relationships and proud trans woman in the first season.

10: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The quirky show follows Kimberly Schmidt and her crazy adventures, and features gay, showbiz-loving black man Titus Andromedon as a lead side-character. This show gives viewers characters that are eccentric, funny and lovable, and Titus’ story grows with each season. If you’re looking for an easy watch that tackles many of today’s issues regarding race, politics and LGBTQ+ representation, definitely add this to your watch list.

Did we miss your favourite show? Let us know in the comments what we need to add to our Netflix queue!