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The Country & Western music genre is historically considered a right wing, conservative branch of music that shuns any notion of same-sex attraction, both in terms of its lyrical content and the recognition accorded its LGBTQ singers/songwriters. Over the last few years, however, there has been a growing presence of prominent and successful LGBTQ artists appearing on the scene.

Early entrants to the Country & Western music scene who came out as LGBTQ had a rough time of it.

Success stories soon followed, however. Notable among these is renowned four-time Grammy-winning singer KD Lang (1989, 1990, 1993, and 2004). She was closely followed by Chely Wright, the 1995 Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Indie artist Steve Grand has achieved a huge following from his self-financed YouTube release 'All American Boy' (with over 4 million views to date). Most recently, gay Shane McAnally was named 2014 Songwriter of the Year at the Country Music Awards.

We have identified the following LGBTQ Country & Western artists. To read their biographies, including links to video clips of their performances. CLICK HERE

Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles See Here



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Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals who have made remarkable, and often brave, firsts in their professions.

Artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the global LGBTQ community are included. Too often hidden from view or simply unknown, their biographies make for compelling reading and research.

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The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 10,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.

The mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate all generations of LGBTQ individuals and others through a collective knowledge of this international community.

Managing Editors: Mark S. Bonham, Connie Bonello, Gordon Dunbar

Search for a Biography

To search for an individual from the database of over 9,000 biographies, simply type the name in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO.

Alternatively, you can view and scroll through the entire list of biographies by viewing the All Biographies section.

To search for LGBTQ individuals with a common characteristic (examples: all Nobel Prize winners, all Writers, all Politicians, all Tony Award winners, all Olympic Gold medal winners, all individuals of a specific nationality) simply type the characteristic in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO. Results of your search will be displayed alphabetically by Last Name. A second Search Box will be displayed for you to search within the database of individuals with that common characteristic.

Subscribe to our Weekly Email Biography Newsletter

By subscribing to our weekly email Biography Newsletter you will receive a weekly email containing informative stories about notable international LGBTQ individuals or groups.

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Annual Awards established in 2007 to recognize individuals or groups that have made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education. Click here to find out more about the Bonham Centre Awards, past recipients, and present nominees.

Our goal is to make QueerBio.com the go-to website for global biographical information on LGBTQ identified individuals. To do this requires a serious commitment of people and resources, so we need your help to fund and help this project grow. Click here for more information.