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Rhythm & Blues and the LGBTQ Community
Rhythm and Blues, commonly known as R&B or RnB, is a form of musical style that first emerged in the African-American community throughout the 1920s to the 1940s. It is a musical style born out of American slavery. It has a close association with jazz music, taking on the same moody, melancholic style and beat of music but with more syncopation in the music and a strong bass backbeat. There is a heavy emphasis on the lyrics in R&B, which are usually sensual in content.
R&B is considered the precursor to Rock & Roll, especially as developed by popular singers such as Elvis Presley. Today, it is also closely associated with Hip Hop music.
The LGBTQ community has had a large presence in the R&B community from the beginning. Lesbians Ma Rainey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Gladys Bentley and Bessie Smith are considered to be some of the founders of this style of music. Their songs remain well known and popular today. Earlier, lesbian singer Alberta Hunter's 'Downhearted Blues' album was the best selling album of 1923 in America.
There are many contemporary LGBTQ R&B singers that have had a great influence in the music world. Great Britain's and Canada's Long John Baldry is known for nurturing and bringing such great musicians and groups such as Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and Paul McCartney to prominence. Gay American singer Luther Vandross sold over 25 million records during his lifetime.
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It's A Fabulous Morning! My Interviews With Fascinating People in the LGBTQ World (Pearse Murray and Mark S. Bonham, 2019) presents fascinating interviews with individuals from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit and Ally (LGBTQ) community. Icons such as Lily Tomlin, Chaz Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Mark Tewksbury, John Cameron Mitchell, Kathleen Wynne, Wanda Sykes, Tony Kushner, David Hockney, Edmund White and more provide their personal stories of the community and their lives within it. Compelling insight into events of the community, such as Toronto’s Bath House Raids, is also provided. 262 pages.
A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages
Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.
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