The Best LGBTQ Music Videos

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

When I was 12 years old Christina Aguilera released Beautiful. I was obsessed with the Stripped album and this was one of my favourite songs on it. The video featured a gay couple kissing, which was apparently pretty brazen for it's time. I remember it being in magazines and on music channel news segments about how wild it was, but even at such a young age, I personally saw it as nothing but beautiful - excuse the pun.

Although we still have a long way to go, fortunately for the LGBTQ community queer couples in music videos isn't as much of a taboo, so they're not as hard to stumble across. Here are some of my personal favourites.

Rihanna shocked pretty much everyone when she dropped the Te Amo video in 2010. The 4 minute visuals featured a sea of sexual tension between Rihanna and French supermodel Laetitia Casta.The video sees Casta seducing Rihanna throughout until she finally gives in.

I seem to have developed this unexpected obsession with Sam Smith recently and Too Good At Goodbyes is such a good song. Incredible vocal talents aside, this video follows a series of couples love stories including a lesbian pairing and Sam himself with a male actor.

When YouTuber Shannon Bevridge announced she was in a music video, all the internet gays were straight on the rumor mill as Fletcher and Shannon have undeniable chemistry in this cutesy love story. The pair have neither confirmed or denied dating in real life, but the video is and song is lovely nonetheless.

Halsey was slammed recently after the video for Strangers with Lauren Jauregui was released, as fans said the video "wasn't gay enough", but back in 2015 Halsey was being pretty gay in the video for Ghost. I've always favoured 'Badlands' over 'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom' and this track is a perfect example of why.

Call Me Maybe was the sound of the Summer in 2012 (yes, six whole years ago), but the video surprised everyone when it took an unexpected gay turn at the end... Still a tune to be honest.

Since that video with Demi Lovato, Kehlani has turned into some kind of Lesbian God, so it made sense for her to team up with namely 'Lesbian Jesus' Hayley Kiyoko on the recent release of What I Need. You can find Hayley living her true sexuality in pretty much all of her videos, but this one is a personal fave.

Selena Gomez sampled Talking Heads’ 1977 song Psycho Killer on Bad Liar, and the video explored a queer love triangle. Selena plays four different characters in the visuals directed Jesse Peretz - who has worked on Orange Is the New Black - so there's no wonder it turned out a little bit gay.

Okay, okay, I know... Tatu are hardly the picture of authentic lebsian love, but lets face it, the video was a head turner for all of us when we were growing up, and is always going to be known for being one of the first of it's kind. Iconic. 

I recently spoke about Troye Sivan in my June Favourites, but this video is way back from 2015 and it's nothing short of beautiful. It's steamy, it's heartbreaking, and it's gay. Fools is the second part of a trilogy of videos, so be sure to watch part 1 (Wild) and part 3 (Talk Me Down) also.

I still vividly remember seeing this song performed on the Grammys and I cried. I then watched the official video and cried some more. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis team up with Mary Lambert for Same Love, which samples her lesbian anthem She Keeps Me Warm. Yes, Thrift Shop might be annoying, but this is wonderful.

What are your favourite LGBTQ music videos? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out!

Image Source: Fletcher

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