The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168092 Message #4060546
Posted By: GUEST,Rackabello
21-Jun-20 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: LGBT+ Folk Songs and Musicians?
Subject: RE: LGBT+ Folk Songs and Musicians?
I'm not a troll, I just realised (it being pride month) that I'm not aware of enough LGBT+ songs or musicians and wanted to correct that! I'm not sure what I can do to convince of this fact. I have noticed that the previous threads about LGBT+ issues have been in less than good faith often. Perhaps that's why you have that interpretation.
I appreciate all the suggestions too, I particularly enjoyed 'Let The Rainbow Shine'. It's also a real shame I missed that Queer Folk session - I'll look out for more to be sure.
I did specify 'out' musicians, because I would not be happy outing people or having people be outed. But it certainly isn't an insult for someone to say you're bisexual or otherwise LGBT+.
It appears Hamish Henderson specifically was quite vocal about being bi, and about gay rights from a cursory google (obviously the internet can be wrong).
With the amount of social taboos present in folk songs, I am surprised at the lack of specifically LGBT+ themes. One can't help wondering if that's partly down to which ones get recorded/collected. I do enjoy modern (re)writes in the traditional style, but even there LGBT+ themes aren't easy to find. Perhaps that's something I'd have to contribute myself! I wish there were more younger folks like myself involved folk music.
Regardless of all of this, I very much appreciate all of the suggestions, and am happy to know about a whole bunch of people I didn't before!