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#BoycottLGBTAwards

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:

British LGBT awards criticised for including Zayn Malik and Zoella in shortlist

The Controversy Behind The 2016 British LGBT Awards

Organisers of the British LGBT Awards came under heavy criticism last month after it was revealed that Zayn Malik and Zoella featured on their 2016 shortlist

The British LGBT Awards: An Insult To The Queer Community

#BoycottLGBTAwards trends as British LGBT Awards shows a lack of LGBT nominees

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"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 girlsaisha and the astronauts - cynthia ✧  the preatures - is this how you feel?lowell - cloud 69 ✧ go sailor - ray of sunshineau revoir simone - crazy lauren aquilina -sex charli xcx - rollercoaster  indigo girls - she’s saving mekaki 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 girlsky ferreira & ariel pink - my molly lucy spraggan - ‘91vienna teng - recessional dani shayone the soundsdiana 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 cosmosi admit girleliot sumner - even though you’re with another girl ✧ chlöe howl - señorita  ✧ st. vincent - chloe in the afternoonjulia nunes - maybe i will feist - nothin’ in the world can stop me worryin’ bout that girllights - 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 avalvvays - archie, marry me kaitlyn alexanderfair lovethe internet - dontcha ✧ indigo girls - share the moonrachel sermanni -marshmallow unicornelektra - i don’t do boys la femme - oh baby doll megan and liz - talk dirty blondie - sunday girlkina grannis - rude the blow - come on petuniamary lambert- jessie’s girltaylor swift riptide joan jett & the blackhearts - crimson and cloverbeatrice eli - i love you missy higgins - secret anna mcluckie - electric feel lana del rey - blue velvet emma taylorthe girl jenny owen youngs - fuck was ichristine lam - girl almighty ✧ davina leone - steal my girl la roux - the feeling uh huh her - explode lesbians on ecstasy - sisters in the strugglecoeur de pirate - wicked gamesbat for lashes - laura tegan and sara - how come you don’t want me nowmaddie and julia - everybody talks gossip - where the girls aresophie b hawkins - damn, i wish i was your loveryelle - les femmesliving in redrun to you the watson twins - just like heavenamplify dot - love alonegabrielle aplin -best song ever- never wanna knowjen foster - i didn’t just kiss heralice goldorbiter the donnas - drive my car  ✧ shura - touch ally rhodes - don’t tell emlily sevin - jenny la chansons - sex and candykesha - past livesthe b-52’s - juliet of the spiritssarah 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 girlsmarie key - uopnåelig pia mia - hold on, we’re going homejen fostershe eisley - golly sandra ✧ anna calvi - suzanne and i the softies - it’s loveanna garcia - #isawLAtiontegan and saranow i’m all messed upicona pop - girlfriend sixpence none the richer - there she goes ✧ gabrielle aplin - teenage dirtbagla roux - paradise is younaughty boy & tanika - get lucky ✧ typhene barrow - no diggity alanis morissette  - will you be my girlfriendkirsty maccoll - a new englandtracy chapman - baby can i hold yougrace petrie - i do not have the power to cause a floodangel haze - same love ✧ mary lambert - she keeps me warm lesley gore - sunshine, lollipops & rainbows

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Same Love (cover)
  • Same Love (cover)
  • Angel Haze
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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

[Hook]

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

[Hook]

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.

 - [x]

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The Evolution Of Angel Haze

“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.

“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!