Sometimes the hardest part of being a person with a body is admitting how hard it is in the first place. So it goes in the newest single from Mal Blum, rock musician, friend of Autostraddle/A-Camp, and all around cool human.
Plus a moving tribute to Dolly Parton performed, of course, by Dolly Parton.
This month, there are some wintry tracks for relaxing and looking out the window at a rainy day, as well as some upbeat stuff for breaking out of the doldrums. And a bunch of stuff in between.
This Lena Waithe produced music video features queer (and straight) couples of all races, genders, and presentations allllll tangled up in each other.
Wafia and I chatted about being brown, queer, Muslim, and how those things influence her as an artist.
“Honestly, it’s for younger me who really needed to know that you could be queer and loved by God at the same time.”
Holly jolly, Dearest.
“I never could explain why my heart pounded when her soft hands reached out for mine. Why it felt like I was the only girl in the world, singing with her at the top of my lungs. The way my eyes would nervously glance down at her chest in that purple lace bra and white tank top. Until I could.”
Once you start going to karaoke every week, you can process your emotions in real-time via song just like a character in a movie musical.
Listening to the same song on a ceaseless loop is intensely satisfying.
The first musician or song that you felt in your heart and brain was gay was a big moment for many of us — here are the gay songs we first knew and loved.
We chatted with Weldon about their new music video for “When You Die,” their upcoming NYC show, and the revival of their childhood acting career.
“ROOM 25 brings a Noname more sure of herself, secure in the knowledge that she can’t be anything other than who she is, and if you don’t rock with the first few lyrics, you’re more than welcome to leave.”
“Intense but very brief sobbing in the shower while you get ready for work because your roommate never leaves the fucking apartment and it’s the only time you can.”
Spend an evening in photoessay with queer Puerto Rican musical artist Frankie Simone, read a page from her childhood journal, and check out the premiere of her new video for LOVE//WARRIOR!
“I was at the mall when it happened.”
Here are some summer tunes for political Oakland barbecues, late night sweaty house parties, or, if you’re like me, enjoying your bed on a Saturday instead of going out.
Some of these songs and/or albums are dark, slow, and ponderous, great for really sinking into your mattress. Most of them, though, are cute, sweet, upbeat tracks that helped me keep going when it seemed like I was going to never leave my house again.
Lesbian icon pop star Hayley Kiyoko is the cover girl for Nylon’s first-ever LGBT Pride issue, and also the love of your life.
“These two coming together and being so loud and proud about their sexuality and their love for their queer fans is my favorite thing in the world.”