15 Best Gay Singers of All Time (Updated 2024)

best gay singers

Being openly gay is no longer as strongly frowned upon as it was before. We’re thrilled that there are now more LGBTQ+ role models in the entertainment sector than ever before.

It’s surprising to think back to a period when gay singers in pop bands were advised to keep their sexuality a secret out of concern for their careers, however, that time has passed.

This is still very much the case, even throughout a lot of the world. Therefore, we are incredibly delighted to see openly gay singers and actors succeeding in their industry.

Sir John Elton

the incredible Sir Elton John

Elton John, everyone’s favorite rocketman, wasn’t always the father of the gay music scene. He exuded sensuality and youthful appeal when he first appeared on the scene in the 1970s. Fans fell crazy for his uninhibited confidence and unfettered performing approach, frequently baring his hairy chest to throngs of thousands.

Even the harshest of detractors were won over by his cheeky grin and outrageous sense of humor, making him popular with those who would have otherwise viewed him as too much.

He identified as bisexual for a very long time and used to enjoy relationships with both men and women. He came out as a gay singer in 1988, is now married with children, and is still producing music at the age of 73.

Place of BirthPinner, England
First Professional Song“Scarecrow” and was recorded in 1967
Most Successful Album“Candle in the wind” (1977), which sold over 33 million copies
Quote“Don’t judge the picture by the frame. Not everyman is the same”
Top HitCandle In The Wind

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gay artist mika

Your gay card must be instantly revoked if you don’t own a copy of Mika’s 2007 self-titled first album. Seriously though, Mika’s discography is dripping in LGBTQ+ culture.

Mika’s songs appeal to our community on a completely different level with their upbeat dance beats and pop culture-infused lyrics.

The 2020s still see the regular club play songs like “Grace Kelly,” “Love Today,” and “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)”. They still have the same contemporary and current vibe as they had then.

Mika is an astonishing 6 feet 2 inches tall. He is incredibly well-liked by both men and women due to his tall, lean build and chiseled features.

He openly came out in 2012 as a gay singer and he is dating Andreas Dermanis for over 10 years!

Place of BirthBeirut, Lebanon
First Professional SongDodgy Holiday“, 2006
Most Successful Album“Life In Cartoon Motion”, 2007
Quote“Did you know, I’m still in love with this blue sky until forever and ever, eternally”
Top HitKick Ass (We Are Young) 

Ricky Martin

handsome and talented Ricky Martin

Millions of little gay boys all across the world were awakened when Ricky Martin became a popular superstar in the early 1990s with his spiked hair and protruding hips!

Ricky Martin is the kind of man you’d want to bed and marry because of his beautiful body and boy-next-door grin.

His songs “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “She Bangs,” which have earned him the title of “King of Latin Pop,” appeal to audiences of all sexual orientations. 

After spending the majority of his career in the closet, Ricky is now happily married and has children. He is a bright example of how gay men may succeed in all spheres.

Place of BirthSan Juan, Caribbean
First Professional SongLivin La Vida Loca“, 1999
Most Successful Album“Ricky Martin”, 1999
Quote“During my sabbatical, I spent two years not listening to my songs at all”
Top HitLivin’ La Vida Loca

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George Michael (RIP)

taken way too soon

When George was a member of the 1980s musical duet Wham!, the world initially fell in love with him, making hits like “Last Christmas” and “Wake Me Up (Before You Go-Go)” in the pop genre. He didn’t truly establish himself as an icon until he went solo and had shorter hair and stubble.

He was catapulted into the music industry’s global spotlight by his solo singles “Freedom” and “Careless Whisper,” and he soon became a well-known household figure.

George was well recognized for being incredibly generous, not simply a gorgeous face. The Elton John AIDS Foundation and Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity were only two of the organizations he was associated with. Millions of followers were devastated when George tragically passed away on Christmas Day in 2016.

Place of BirthEast Finchley, United Kingdom
First Professional Song“Careless Whisper”, 1984
Most Successful Album“Faith”, 1987
Quote“Be good to yourself ’cause nobody has the power to make you happy”
Top HitCareless Whisper

Hammed Sinno

hammed sinno the artist

Mashrou’ Leila is an alternative rock band led by Lebanese singer Hamed Sinno. Gay lovers love him because of his mustache in the 80s style and propensity for muscle shirts.

Additionally, he embodies what it means to be gay and to be from the Middle East, which is infamous for having some of the worst LGBTQ+ rights in the world.

In our opinion, Hamed serves as a bright example for the LGBTQ+ population in Lebanon, a nation that still maintains anti-gay laws.

The sexual content of Hamed’s songs has caused controversy among conservative audiences. He exhorts his followers to be fearless and expressive, and they take him seriously when he says this.

Even to the point of getting into conflict with the law by flying rainbow flags during his performance, particularly in Cairo, Egypt, where it is not only against the law but also strictly enforced to promote homosexuality!

Simply because Sinno is an openly gay man, certain nations, including Jordan, have gone so far as to forbid him from playing there! However, he continues to be unafraid to express himself and be who he is. Everyone loves an activist who doesn’t pull any punches.

Place of BirthBeirut, Lebanon
First Professional Song“Cavalry”, 2019, the first song he recorded in English
Most Successful Album“lbn el leil”, 2017
Quote“The first person I came out to was my girlfriend”
Top HitQueen of the fools

Stephen Gately (RIP)

pretty man

You probably had a soft spot for frontman Stephen Gately, whether or not you were a fan of the Irish boyband Boyzone. The tiny vocalist was seldom photographed without a smile on his face.

His shaggy middle section was very 90s, and all of his fans would swoon at his high angelic voice.

Given his manager’s advice to remain in the closet due to Ireland’s conservative views on LGBTQ+ persons, Gately made a brave decision in 1999 when he came out. Surprisingly, he had very little opposition.

The single “Better” was released by the band after their late 2000s reunion. In the music video for it, all of the boys can be seen dancing and having sex with their partners, including Stephen, who is spotted with another man. While on vacation in Spain in 2009, Gately tragically passed unexpectedly.

Place of BirthSheriff Street
First Professional Song“New Beginning”, released on June 10, 2000
Most Successful Album“Brother”, released on March 5, 2010 in Ireland
Quote“I got flowers and letters of support from Sir Elton John, George Micheal and The Spice Girls”
Top HitNo Matter What

Lance Bass

pretty in pink

The globe was split into two factions for the entirety of the 1990s. Backstreet Boys fans and NSYNC devotees! We both adore NSYNC, primarily due to our mutual passion for Justin Timberlake.

Our hearts were broken when the band disbanded in 2001, but we still have a soft spot for all of the members. That’s why it warmed our hearts, even more, when Lance Bass came out in an interview with People Magazine in 2006.

This disappointed many of his female admirers while exalting all of his gay ones, who were suddenly in with a shot. The Lance Bass Show is a podcast that Lance hosts today where he dissects all of the most recent Hollywood rumors and news.

Place of BirthLaurel, Mississippi, United States of America
First Professional SongWalking on Air“, 2014
Most Successful Album“N Sync”, 1998
Quote“You’ve got to have a sense of humour to keep your sanity”
Top Hit Bye Bye Bye

Markus Feehily

pensive looking

Markus Feehily was regarded as the quiet, reserved member of Westlife, another well-known Irish boy band. Despite his bandmates discussing their personal lives in group media interviews, he never spoke about his own. He didn’t dare to fully express himself until he came out in 2005.

He is the top performing LGBTQ+ artist on the UK charts with 15 number-one hits as a member of the band.

Markus has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in recent years, including his work to promote equal marriage in Ireland. In 2019, Markus and Cailean O’Neill got engaged. Later that year, the adorable couple revealed they were expecting a child through surrogacy.

Place of BirthSligo, Ireland
First Professional Song“Love is a Drug”, 2015
Most Successful Album“Fire”, 2015
Quote“I’m gay and I’m very proud of who I am. I’m not asking for any sympathy or to be a role model to anyone else”
Top HitLove Is a Drug

Adam Lambert

lead vocalist with Queen

Lambert first captured people’s attention during his appearances on American Idol thanks to his soaring vocals and commanding stage presence. He was notably well-liked by older women who flocked to him because of his dominant jawline and brow game.

He even once voiced his delighted astonishment at the attention he received from “cougars” all over the USA. His distinctive eyeliner and gelled black hair, which gave him a gender-neutral style, helped him become a queer icon, though.

He gained even more notoriety with appearances on Glee and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and his solo music has won accolades from all over the world.

The most astounding aspect of his performance is that he has toured the globe with Queen, singing lead. Only Adam Lambert could come close to filling in for the incomparable Freddie Mercury!

Place of BirthIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
First Professional Song“A loaded smile”, 2009
Most Successful Album“Trespassing”, 2011
Quote“I’ve got nothin’ to hide. I am who I am”
Top HitWhataya Want from Me

Steve Grand

handsome young man

Steve Grand, an American lad, is one of the few gay country musicians. People constantly criticize hip-hop for lacking LGBTQ+ inclusion while ignoring the fact that country music suffers from the same problem!

He has played his music at several Pride events, and it deals with topics like romance and LGBTQ+ life.

Grand, a mashup of Bruce Springsteen and Shania Twain with sentimental lyrics and funky beats, is influenced by both artists.

Place of BirthLemont, Illinois, United States of America
First Professional Song“All American Boy”, 2013
Most Successful Album“Not the End of Me”, July 6, 2018
Quote“Control is as much an effort as a cause, and the idea that control is something you exert is a real handicap to progress”
Top HitAll-American Boy

Frank Ocean

going to hollywood

Hip-hop was rocked with the release of Frank Ocean in 2012. An out hip hop artist is a major thing because hip hop music is regrettably infamous for its usage of homophobic lyrics.

All of that was altered by the ocean. Artists like Jay-Z and Kayne West praised Ocean for being so open about his identity, which led to the world falling in love with him.

Following the deadly nightclub incident in Orlando in 2016, Ocean has now spoken out against homophobia. In his open letter, he discussed how anti-gay prejudice runs in families and urged parents to be more careful about the morals they instill in their children.

Place of BirthLong Beach, California, United States of America
First Professional Song“No Church in the Wild”, 2012
Most Successful Album“Nostalgia”, 2011
Quote“Work hard in silence. Let your success be the noise”
Top HitMoon River

Sam Smith

one of Britain's best

“In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith’s debut album from 2014, is entirely focused on a failed gay romance. We recall how enjoyable it was to hear a queer artist perform music that was less typically associated with LGBTQ+ artists – dance music – and more easy-listening or bluesy.

Sam wrote lyrics that were sincere and relatable, and that both gay people and straight people could identify with.

Smith announced in 2019 that they identify as non-binary and asked that they/them pronouns be used when referring to them. They were many people’s first exposure to a gender non-conforming individual on a significant platform, though hopefully, they won’t be the last.

Today, they offer far more positive aesthetics and music than they did in the past.

Place of BirthLondon, England
First Professional Song“Lay Me Down”, 2013
Most Successful Album“Lonely Hour”, May 2014
Quote“I didn’t become successful until I became myself”
Top Hit Stay With Me

Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)

pet shop boys

We think about him constantly. When The Pet Shop Boys made their debut back in the 1980s, they immediately became popular with LGBTQ+ admirers. Not only were the two singers stunning, but they also had hit songs like “Go West” and “West End Girls.” the boys you wished to display as posters on your bedroom wall.

Particularly loved for his unruly hair and chiseled facial features were Neil Tennant. Since coming out in 1994, Neil has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.

He advocated for equal marriage in the UK and pressured David Cameron’s administration to release Alan Turing, a scientist who was detained and imprisoned for being gay in 1952. A fantastic person in every way!

Place of BirthNorth Shields, United Kingdom
First Professional Song“In a bad mood”, 1991
Most Successful Album“The Crying Game”, 1992
Quote” I didn’t want to wear a checked shirt and grow a moustache – that’s what you had to do and everyone did”
Top HitIt’s A Sin

Le1F (Khalif Diouf)

funny looking felklow

Le1F, a black LGBTQ+ hip-hop musician, has received praise from critics for confronting homophobia in the genre. While his music videos are homoerotic and audacious, his words are direct and honest. In “Wut,” one of his most well-known songs, the performer can be seen twerking while perched on the leg of a hot man without a shirt. He also takes pleasure in blending the masculine and feminine.

Le1F has talked about how liberating it feels to be acknowledged as an LGBTQ+ artist and his hope that other hip-hop artists would soon be outspoken about who they love.

Place of BirthNew York City, U.S.
First Professional Song“Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”, 2009
Most Successful Album“Dark York”, April 2012
Quote“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”
Top HitWut

Freddie Mercury

he is breaking free

Freddie had a magnetic allure that drew in millions of followers worldwide even though he wasn’t thought to be the most conventionally attractive man. His charismatic theatrical presence held the attention of the crowd to the point where no one could look away.

Anyone could fall in love with him because of his vocal range, which was superior to all others, and his capacity to make the listener feel the emotions he was singing about.

Offstage, Freddie presented a far more subdued and reserved image. Only his closest friends and family felt like they knew the real Freddie, so it was unexpected when he revealed to the public that he was suffering from AIDS.

One of the first well-known musicians to be linked to the illness, he made people aware of both its horrors and the glacial progress being made toward a treatment. Sadly, Freddie’s sickness led to his death in 1991.

Place of BirthStone Town, Tanzania
First Professional Song“Living on my Own”, 1985
Most Successful Album“Mr Bad Guy”, 1985
Quote“I won’t be a rockstar, I will be a legend”
Top HitMr. Bad Guy

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