Written By: CiCi Bianchini
October 11th is National Coming Out Day; celebrated all over the world as a basic form of activism: WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER, AND WE’RE PROUD.
NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’ Leary, both were activist in the Los Angles LGBT community. They formed this day for awareness and to maintain positivity and celebrate coming out, being gay and being accepted. The date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
“Most people think they don’t know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact everybody does. It is important we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes.” –Robert Eichberg
Even with NCOD, it’s still not easy to be gay in this day of age. I am a proud lesbian who is out and not ashamed of my sexuality. I work in an industry that is predominately a straight community, BUT they accept me arms open wide. Electronic music is all about being accepted, loved and not judged which making it easy for many DJs like Kandy, Rezz and Ekali, who recently announced his bisexuality. Even Diplo has stated he’s bi and everyone is a little gay, he pushed for everyone to be open about their sexuality. While homophobia is still present even in this industry, its not stopping them.
Kandy just recently came out of the closet to all his fans. In my opinion, he is someone young gay men and lesbians can look up too. It is never easy coming out to people you work with in fear of being judged and mistreated. In Kandy’s case, he has embraced his sexuality and is a proud open DJ who slays everything he puts out. He has a voice and he shares it by spreading those positive vibes in his music.
“Coming out in an industry that is predominately controlled by cis males was one of the scariest but most rewarding things I could have done. Being one of not many LGBTQIA+ artists in the industry, it is SO important that I work even harder every day to make sure that we are heard. It’s imperative that the people who are in the position I once was in know that it’s okay to be yourself.” – Kandy
Corynne Burrows is a power female in this industry. She kicks ass at everything Nu Management throws at her! Her being a female and opened about her sexuality, a believer that love is love, in a world full of men doesn’t stop her from making the world her stage. We need about 20 more Corynne’s in this world. Thanks for being such a role model to others in this industry.
“In an industry where “labels” are assigned to just about everything, I think that it is important to note that no matter whether you’re in, out, or somewhere in between… National Coming Out Day is about celebrating yourself and where you are in your life journey. I am constantly inspired by the strength, courage, and expression of individuality that comea from my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters. I hope that everyone is able to take a moment and feel visible and proud of who they are today, and everyday.” –Corynne Burrows
Shaq Millington is another bad ass openly gay man in this industry who takes pride in all his work with Nu Management. You can always see him with the biggest smile on his face. He does not let his sexuality hold him back from doing what he loves and making this industry better every day. He says he is blessed but it is us that are blessed to have him and his courage.
As a gay man working in the Electronic music industry, I’ve felt so much love and acceptance from everyone I’ve come across. I’m so blessed to work in an industry where PLUR is the foundation of it! –Shaq Millington
On August 18th, Elaki broke twitter by coming out as bisexual! He states that if you’re a homophobe, his music is not for you, followed by the tweet, “Yes I’m bisexual. Stop leaving hateful gay rhetoric on my content. Thank you.” Ekali was showered in love and support because who cares if he is bi, he makes freaking amazing music. Keep being bi and making those dope tunes that us gays can enjoy.
Diplo has has even dedicated a whole playlist full of LGBT musicians, stating that “electronic dance music would not exist without the gay community.” His pride playlist features music by Kandy, Big Freedia, Mykki Blanco and many other gay icons. Thank you Diplo for supporting the LGBT community and encouraging the ones who are out and open to continue to kick ass. We love you, you bisexual DJ.
“These artist set the table for what trends we have in the clubs today by taking risks and being loud and fearless!” –Diplo
I hope seeing the courage that these people show helps anyone doubting or struggling to come out. We love and accept everyone for who they are. Today is your day, as is everyday. Remember, WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER, AND WE’RE PROUD!!