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LGBT+ History Month Panel: Activism and Allyship

The MU and Pride in Music partnered to mark this year’s LGBT+ History Month with a panel discussion about activism and allyship.

Published: 30 March 2021 | 4:03 PM
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The contributions of LGBT+ musicians should ensure their place as musicians in their own right, rather than in spaces defined by their sexuality. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The panel was chaired by Big Joanie's Chardine Taylor-Stone, panellists Karnage Kills, Rookes, Jacob V Joyce, Bright Light Bright Light and Andrea Di Giovanni shared their experiences of being a musician and an activist, and the allyship they'd like to see from the music industry, venues, fellow musicians, and audiences.

Supporting and uplifting our LGBT+ peers is something we can do all year round through advocacy of LGBT+ issues, following their careers, and our listening habits. The contributions of LGBT+ musicians to music culture should ensure their place as musicians in their own right, rather than in spaces defined by their sexuality.

You can watch a recording of the discussion on Pride in Music’s Facebook page.

Topics discussed included:

  • Being out in the music industry
  • Barriers faced by LGBT+ artists
  • Investment in LGBT+ artists

Pride in Music is a non-profit charitable collective working to create a cross-industry network for the LGBTQ+ community, artists and allies working within British Music.

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