Whether standing firm against adversity, fighting for rights and medical research, or providing a platform for those whose voices were hitherto unheard, these pioneering LGBTQ+ musicians have added their own splash of colour to the walls of popular music’s everlasting corridors.
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20: Ezra Furman (1986-)
Beginning her career with The Harpoons, Ezra Furman went on to release five studio albums, including 2018’s impressive Transangelic Exodus, establishing herself as one of the most notable LGBTQ+ musicians of her generation. Drawing likenesses to the noisiness of Ramones and New York Dolls, Furman’s trademark is a consistent fusion of abrasive sections with delicately arranged, authentic alt-pop. Not only is the Chicagoan more than comfortable constructing original and interesting material through concept albums, but she published a book on Lou Reed’s Transformer album as part of the 33⅓ series, as well as supplied the soundtrack for progressive UK comedy-drama Sex Education.
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