by Andrew Grant, Chief Editor,

As the world gradually becomes a more accepting place for the LGBTQ+ community, it is vital to recognize some music artists who have used their platform to fight for acceptance and help us get to where we are today.

These creatives have used their voices for good, made a positive difference, and often been great role models to those struggling with the ability to accept and embrace their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Despite facing criticism, many of the artists mentioned here have spent decades fighting, campaigning, and protesting for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

In honor of LGBTQ+ month (October), Let’s take a look at some LGBTQ+ music artists through the last century who stood proudly for what they believed in, letting the world know, “It’s ok to be gay!”