10 LGBTQ+ Artists You Should Be Listening To

10 LGBTQ+ Artists To Check Out In Preparation For Pride

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Pride is still a month away, but it is never to early to start celebrating. While some people are into having big celebrations, some people would rather find more subtle ways to celebrate.

This list is for anyone who wants to contribute to Pride but does not want to make a big show of things. By checking out the music by some of the artists on this list, you can contribute to the support of the LGBTQ+ community, and enjoy some great music while you are doing it!

1. Janelle Monae

Some may recognize her from her stunning MET Gala look. Others may recognize her from her astounding performance in "Moonlight." However, Janelle Monae can mostly be found busting out some killer tunes. Janelle identifies as bisexual and uses her influence to support the LGBTQ+ community. She is truly a trailblazer and a personal inspiration of mine. I recommend her songs "Tightrope" and "Make Me Feel."

2. Ryan Beatty

Voice of angel? Check. Incredible songs? Check. Amazing lyrics? Check. Ryan Beatty has got it all if you ask me. If you were looking for songs to uplift you or just to brighten your day, look no further. 10/10 would recommend. I specifically recommend his songs "Powerslide" and "God in Jeans."

3. Kim Petras

Born in Germany but now based out of L.A., Kim Petras has been captivating listeners since she first started releasing music in 2011. Her following keeps growing, and I am here talking about her to ensure that she keeps growing. Her songs are incredibly fun and catchy and a must for any Pride celebration. I personally recommend her songs "All the Time" and "Heart to Break."

4. Troye Sivan

I almost have nothing to say here. If you aren't listening to Troye Sivan, then what are you even doing? Beginning on YouTube, Troye Sivan has grown to be one of the biggest pop stars of 2018, teaming up with artists such as Ariana Grande and Lauv. It's hard for me to pick only a few of his songs to mention here since I regard his discography as one of the best around, but if I had to, I would say to definitely check out "Lucky Strike" and "EASE."

5. Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley is one of the few artists (actually the only one) on this list that I have had the pleasure of seeing live, and if the opportunity presents itself, I highly recommend you doing so as well. I have been a fan of Hayley Kiyoko since her Disney days and have followed her to her present music career where she has been dubbed "Lesbian Jesus." I can confirm that this title is, in fact, true. I recommend her songs "Molecules" and "Curious."

6. Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale is a multi-talented artist. He can be found playing Bram in the 2018 rom-com "Love, Simon" or focusing on his dance career. But he also shines musically and has developed a successful music career after he first starting releasing songs in 2015. I recommend his songs "Preach" and "Good Life."

7. King Princess

A king and a princess? Sign me up. King Princess has only quite recently started releasing music, with her first single coming out in 2018. However, I can say with absolute certainty that not a single song she has released since then has ever disappointed. Her music definitely belongs on all of your Pride playlists. I recommend the songs "1950" and "Holy."

8. Years & Years

Years & Years is a London-based band led by their enigmatic vocalist Olly Alexander. They released their first album in 2015 and since then, their career has only gone up. Their songs are truly unique, and they are constantly advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. They will even be playing at a few Pride festivals this year, so if you plan on heading out to such festivals, I recommend checking out their music. I recommend starting with the songs "Real" and "Karma."


REYNA is the name of sister team Vic and Gabby Banuelos. Their name REYNA is a play on the Spanish word for "queen" -- and queens they are. Now that you know their names, it's time to check out their music. Their fresh and fun pop music will have you smiling from ear to ear from the first second you turn it on. If you are looking for something to lift your spirits I would recommend the songs "Heartbeat" and "Cool With It."

10. Kevin McHale

I don't know if any of you watched "Glee," but when Spotify notified me that Artie from "Glee" started releasing music, I just about had a heart attack. You don't have to watch "Glee" to enjoy Kevin McHale's music, however, as his songs are a true bop. Right now he only has two songs out, but it's never to early to get a head start on becoming an avid fan. Check out his song "Help Me Now," you won't regret it!

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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