edit: The 2016 British LGBT Awards awards ceremony already happened (it took place on May 13th), but it’s great that this is still getting notes.
Thanks to everyone who commented on this post (especially @caitlintheawesome‘s addition). Your criticism, suggestions, and opinions will hopefully improve next year’s awards. Also, to everyone who said Troye Sivan should have been nominated: YES! He would have been a perfect choice. The British LGBT Awards claim that nominations are based on public opinion, maybe we can campaign for him to be nominated for 2017?
Lastly! Here are some articles about the controversy:
"It's hard to be an up & coming female rapper nowadays because people don't know what to do with us. Like, they don't know what to do with women in Hip-Hop, so the best thing to do is to pit them against each other and it's like, 'You are gonna be better than her because she's the only one doing it right now,' and there are so many male rappers now that no one says that about." (x)
GIRLS ON MY MIND| explicitly gay songs & cover songs all about girls and lady loving
✧ beatrice eli - girls ✧
hayley kiyoko - girls like girls ✧
aisha and the astronauts - cynthia
✧ the preatures - is this how you feel?✧ lowell - cloud 69
✧ go sailor - ray of sunshine ✧ au revoir simone - crazy ✧ lauren aquilina -sex ✧ charli xcx - rollercoaster ✧ indigo girls - she’s saving me ✧ kaki king - i think she knows (love stoned) ✧ lowell - lgbt ✧ the ditty bops - there’s a girl ✧ the butchies - your love ✧ linying - i need my girl ✧ b. steady - cartoon girl ✧ sky ferreira & ariel pink - my molly ✧ lucy spraggan - ‘91 ✧
vienna teng - recessional ✧ dani shay - one ✧ the sounds - diana ✧ angel haze - candlxs ✧ ella eyre - funk my life up ✧ anya marina - whatever you like ✧ kate nash - sister ✧ glam - party (xxo) ✧ the magnetic fields - acoustic guitar ✧ frankie cosmos - i admit girl ✧ eliot sumner - even though you’re with another girl ✧ chlöe howl - señorita ✧ st. vincent - chloe in the afternoon ✧ julia nunes - maybe i will ✧ feist - nothin’ in the world can stop me worryin’ bout that girl ✧ lights - my boots ✧ patti smith - gloria ✧
nicole reynolds - wonderin ✧
soko - you have a power on me ✧ her electric fur - girls/girls/boys ✧ kate nash - i want a boyfriend ✧ silvana imam - framsäte bältet av ✧ alvvays - archie, marry me ✧ kaitlyn alexander - fair love ✧ the internet - dontcha ✧ indigo girls - share the moon ✧ rachel sermanni -marshmallow unicorn ✧ elektra - i don’t do boys ✧ la femme - oh baby doll ✧ megan and liz - talk dirty ✧ blondie - sunday girl ✧ kina grannis - rude ✧ the blow - come on petunia ✧ mary lambert- jessie’s girl ✧ taylor swift - riptide ✧ joan jett & the blackhearts - crimson and clover ✧ beatrice eli - i love you ✧ missy higgins - secret ✧ anna mcluckie - electric feel ✧ lana del rey - blue velvet ✧ emma taylor - the girl ✧ jenny owen youngs - fuck was i ✧ christine lam - girl almighty ✧ davina leone - steal my girl ✧ la roux - the feeling ✧ uh huh her - explode ✧ lesbians on ecstasy - sisters in the struggle ✧ coeur de pirate - wicked games ✧ bat for lashes - laura ✧ tegan and sara - how come you don’t want me now ✧ maddie and julia - everybody talks ✧ gossip - where the girls are ✧ sophie b hawkins - damn, i wish i was your lover ✧ yelle - les femmes ✧ living in red - run to you ✧ the watson twins - just like heaven ✧ amplify dot - love alone ✧ gabrielle aplin -best song ever ✧ mø - never wanna know ✧ jen foster - i didn’t just kiss her ✧ alice gold - orbiter ✧ the donnas - drive my car ✧ shura - touch ✧ ally rhodes - don’t tell em ✧ lily sevin - jenny ✧ la chansons - sex and candy ✧ kesha - past lives ✧ the b-52’s - juliet of the spirits ✧ sarah bettens - come over here ✧ neon jungle - take me to church ✧ brandi carlile - the story ✧ dev - take her from you ✧ kreayshawn - summertime ✧ asobi seksu - goodbye ✧ vienna teng - homecoming✧ laura marling - undine ✧ misty miller - taxicab ✧ donna lynn - i’d much rather be with the girls ✧ marie key - uopnåelig ✧ pia mia - hold on, we’re going home ✧ jen foster - she ✧ eisley - golly sandra ✧ anna calvi - suzanne and i ✧ the softies - it’s love ✧ anna garcia - #isawLAtion ✧ tegan and sara - now i’m all messed up ✧ icona pop - girlfriend ✧ sixpence none the richer - there she goes ✧ gabrielle aplin - teenage dirtbag ✧ la roux - paradise is you ✧ naughty boy & tanika -get lucky ✧ typhene barrow - no diggity ✧ alanis morissette - will you be my girlfriend ✧ kirsty maccoll - a new england ✧ tracy chapman - baby can i hold you ✧ grace petrie - i do not have the power to cause a flood ✧ angel haze - same love ✧ mary lambert - she keeps me warm ✧ lesley gore - sunshine, lollipops & rainbows
At age thirteen, my mom knew I wasn’t straight She didn’t understand, but she had so much to say She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face And said you’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS It’s funny now, but at thirteen it was pain To be almost sure of who you are and have it ripped away And I’m sorry if it’s too real for some of you to fathom But hate for who you love is not exactly what you’d imagine And I guess it was disastrous Because everything that happened afterwards was just madness Locked away for two years to keep me on the inside Because she’d rather see a part of me die than me thrive And it’s tougher when it’s something you can’t deny And ignorance teaches us it’s something you decide You’re driven by your choices, an optical illusion Here’s to understanding it’s not always confusion
[Hook] And I can’t change Even if I tried, even if I wanted to And I can’t change Even if I tried, even if I wanted to My love, my love, my love She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm
I’ve walked the halls of my school And I’ve seen kids hide behind walls and footballs and things like pride I’ve seen innocent children suffer beneath bruises Suffer beneath every single hand that chooses ignorance Fuck your religion Fuck constitutions Fuck superstitions There are no lakes of fire; they’re here on earth And the only thing to do is put love first
And so I stand for the boy who died by his hand To the sound of his father screaming “Woman loves man” “This is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” And I stand for the girl with the cuts up her sleeve And the heart in her hand and a chip on her shoulder And I stand for it all until ignorance is over This is for you, for knowing who you are For never letting your magic outside of your heart Be you, be brave, and understand that things do change I accept you for you when I don’t understand And I love you for you because this is who I am I accepted you for you when I didn’t understand Now love me for me ‘cause this is who I am
Here’s a message to the people who just don’t get it: Love is love There is no difference Not a medication to fix it There is no prescription No rehab to visit It is not an addiction It’s love and it’s selfless It’s yours and everybody else’s So don’t badger and abuse the solemnly defenseless See us as yourself There’s no equality in difference Until we all get it, we’ll be drowning in the same blood Despite orientation, we all feel the same love We’ll be drowning in the same blood Despite orientation, we all feel the same love
We are boxed in and labeled Before we’re ever able to speak who we believe we are Or who we dream we’ll become Like drum beats forever changing their rhythm I am living today as someone I had not yet become yesterday And tonight I’ll only borrow pieces of who I am today To carry with me to tomorrow No, I’m not gay No, I’m not straight And I sure as hell am not bisexual Damn it I am whoever I am when I am it Loving whoever you are when the stars shine And whoever you’ll be when the sun rises So here’s to being able Here’s to love Here’s to loving just because Here’s to acceptance Here’s to never fearing the fear of rejection Here’s to love and never neglecting who you feel you are Here’s to bullies because beatings cannot last forever Heres’ to the moment you realize things do get better Here’s to the parents who will get it when its too late Here’s to second chances Here’s to new fate Here’s to every single moment you’ve ever had to hide you Here’s to the single star shining bright inside you, asking you to guide you Here’s to who you’ll be when you figure it all out Here’s to momentary doubt Here’s to feeling, because we all feel it the same Here’s to the moment that things will change Because we all feel love, we all feel it the same Here’s to love, here’s to change.
“People need representation,” Haze stresses. “It means a lot to have any sort of representation.”
All the more impactful, then, that Haze has been increasingly more vocal about their gender.
“I feel like my agenderness and my gender identity have evolved,” they say. “I spent a lot of time, in my earlier years of limelight, suppressing myself.”
That age of suppression is coming to an end. They add that in their language — Haze is Creole, Cherokee, and Blackfoot Indian, and a self-taught speaker of Tsalagi — their identity means two-spirited. “It’s normal that people can feel like they’re two things trapped in one body.” They will continue, through their various forums of advocacy, to further this message of normality. No big deal, nothing to see here — nothing, that is, besides a really, really good rapper.
Though Haze’s gender identity has evolved with the passing years, and their stint on Truce prompts their week-to-week evolution in the television personality game, there is one thing that seems, always, to come easy. “Performing is natural,” they tell me. And I’m inclined to believe them, if only because their force of presence behind the mic — their vitality, their singular style, their certain brand of fearlessness — always makes it seem so.
Onstage, Haze says, “everyone knows what I’m about. What I’m going to do.”
Y’all wanna read an interview about an incredible rapper by a reporter who properly genders them throughout the article? Of course you do.
Everyone just calls us best friends, best friends for life, like we’re just friends hanging out. We fuck and friends don’t fuck. I have never fucked one of my friends. -Angel Haze on her relationship with Ireland Baldwin
“Your voice is a weapon, and we’ll do with it what we can. I’ll fall into your arms again.”
Bastille premiered their newest track “Weapon” on Huw Stephens’s show on Radio 1 tonight. “Weapon” will appear on the band’s forthcoming mixtape, VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Part III) due out December 8th via Virgin Records.
The track is very unlike any of the band’s previous releases: it features heavy bass lines and an addicting chorus “I’ll fall into your arms again,” lead by Smith. While you may think this is an unlikely pairing, Angel Haze actually supported Bastille on their last UK tour and Smith has said he was a fan of Haze’s music.
Give it a listen above and tweet us what you think!