queer representation matters
Start writing a post
Arts Entertainment

I Saw Three Queer Artists In Concert This Summer And It Showed Me How Much Representation Matters

Thank you Sam Smith, Hayley Kiyoko, and Panic! At The Disco (Brendon Urie) for reminding me that there is so much beauty in my identity!

I Saw Three Queer Artists In Concert This Summer And It Showed Me How Much Representation Matters
Ciara Gazaway

This summer I was fortunate enough to see three wonderful artists in concert!

These shows were amazing because not only are these artists just great performers, but they are also members of the LGBTQ+ Community. I saw Sam Smith at the beginning of July and Hayley Kiyoko opened up for Panic! At The Disco at the end of July.

I remember walking through the doors of both shows and seeing my first Pride flag. And then I saw another and another. Automatically I knew I was surrounded by some amazing people who were very similar to me. I saw so many queer fans at these shows and it was so comforting.

Then, during each concert, each artist had a song that addressed the LGBTQ+ community. For Sam Smith it was his song "HIM" from his latest album, for Hayley Kiyoko it was "Girls Like Girls" and for P!ATD it was "Girls/Girls/Boys." During these songs, there was a rainbow everywhere and I loved every second of it. The artists were waving pride flags and fans were waving theirs, people were singing and dancing, and I felt such love, happiness, and acceptance.

Besides going to Pride Parades, I have never felt so comfortable in my identity than I did at those concerts. It was so awesome to be surrounded by accepting people who believed in love and equality as I did. It was also so comforting to see famous people be openly proud of their identity and who they are. And not only that but each artist encouraged everyone in the audience to do the same.

This showed me how much representation matters when it comes to media and Hollywood. Whether it's seeing LGBTQ+ actors and musicians be successful, hearing a song you can relate to as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, seeing a transgender person or a gay couple on TV, or just seeing famous people stand up for equal rights can mean so much to LGBTQ+ youth. It gives us hope and makes us feel less alone. It also brings LGBTQ+ youth together in one shared, safe space and lets us all enjoy a common interest while celebrating our identities.

So thank you Sam Smith, Hayley Kiyoko, and Panic! At The Disco (Brendon Urie) for a great show and for reminding me that there is so much beauty in my identity!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments