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Music and its Timeless Connection with the LGBTQ+ Community

A White Kadence Ukulele Wrapped in Rainbow Pride (LGBTQ+) Flag

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’re reminded of the universal threads that bind us all together—love and music, the two things that transcend all borders, cultures, and languages.

So, we at Kadence, have taken a moment to reflect on the profound relationship between love and music, especially for the LGBTQ+ community whose voices, through music, were amplified long before acceptance arrived.

Music as a medium of expression for the LGBTQ+ community

Music has always been a medium to express, whether it’s a teenager finding refuge in their guitar or a child seeking comfort from the pains of bullying at school. 

Music does not discriminate; it hears everyone who needs to be heard.

And that extends to the LGBTQ+ community as well. The LGBTQ+ community has long found solace and strength in music.

Long before acceptance from authorities or legal recognition, songs became anthems of resilience, self-discovery, and the fight for equality.

Music became a powerful ally for the LGBTQ+ community, offering a platform for self-expression and solidarity.

In times when societal norms marginalized and silenced their voices, music provided a space where emotions, struggles, and triumphs could be shared openly.

Iconic artists like Sylvester, Elton John, and Freddie Mercury, among others, became trailblazers by fearlessly expressing their identities through their music. 

Their songs, often laden with poignant lyrics, resonated deeply with individuals navigating their own journeys of self-discovery and acceptance.

How Music helped the LGBTQ+ community surmount adversities

During the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the LGBTQ+ community faced immense challenges. 

Yet, artists like George Michael and the band Queen addressed these issues through their music, raising awareness and fostering compassion. 

The community found solace in anthems like “I Want to Break Free” and “Last Christmas,” which carried messages of love, resilience, and the strength to endure hardships.

LGBTQ+ community’s influence in the modern music industry

As societal attitudes progressed, LGBTQ+ artists gained more visibility, and their contributions to the music industry became increasingly celebrated. Artists like Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan, and Janelle Monáe embraced their identities openly, using their platforms to advocate for inclusivity and equality.

Today, the LGBTQ+ community continues to find solace, inspiration, and empowerment through a diverse array of musical genres. From pop to hip-hop, artists authentically share their stories, contributing to the ongoing narrative of acceptance and understanding.

Our message

In essence, the timeless connection between love, music, and the LGBTQ+ community persists as a testament to the transformative power of art. 

As we approach Valentine’s Day, it is a poignant reminder that music remains a universal language, capable of fostering connection, understanding, and acceptance for all.

So, this Valentine’s Day, let Kadence be your instrument in celebrating love in all its beautiful forms. 

Lastly, this our message to everyone, queer or not:

Your love is love. It is important and please, do not let anyone tell you otherwise. 

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