Good and Gay: LGBTQ music, activism and wrestling news

LGBTQ music, activism, and wrestling news from around the world fill this week’s Good and Gay. From Megan Thee Stallion winning big at the Grammy’s to WWE’s Kayla Becker coming out as bisexual, we’ve gathered the very best of the queer internet in one place for your reading pleasure! Pull up a chair, take a deep breath, and settle in for a bunch of reasons to feel pure, unadulterated queer joy!

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Halsey sharing new pronouns met with love

Out bisexual singer, poet, and author-illustrator Halsey recently updated their pronouns on social media, putting she/they in their bio. Three weeks ago on Instagram, she wrote about how being pregnant has impacted her sense of gender: “I thought pregnancy would give me very strong, binary feelings about ‘womanhood’ but truly it has leveled my perception of gender entirely. My sensitivity to my body has made me hyper aware of my humanness and that’s all.” Upon updating their bio with new pronouns over the weekend, they’ve been met with an outpouring of support. “I hope Halsey changing their pronouns gives others the confidence to express what also makes them feel comfortable. It’s okay to not fit into the categories society puts you in,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

Congratulations, Halsey!

LGBTQ artists win big at 63rd Grammy Awards

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards were held over the weekend and many LGBTQ artists won awards. Lesbian singer-songwriter Brittany Howard won Best rock Song for “Stay High;” bisexual singer and rapper Meshell Ndegeocello won Best R&B Song for “Better Than I Imagined;” lesbian country artist Brandi Carlile won Best Country Song for “Crowded Table;” queer DJ Kaytranada won Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording for his album “Bubba” and track “10%,” respectively, and queer Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill won Best Musical Theater Album.  Rachel Maddow won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth. Making history, bisexual musician Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Rain On Me,” marking the first time an all-female song has won this award. Megan Thee Stallion, who is certainly more than straight if not explicitly “out,” took home Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Savage Remix Ft. Beyonce.” She also won Best New Artist becoming the first female rapper to do so in 22 years.

WWE star Kayla Becker comes out

Professional wrestler Kayla Becker recently came out as bisexual via Twitter. Discussing her racial identity, she tweeted “My whole life, I’ve had to choose. Are you Black? Are you white? Which bubble do you fill in on the SATs? I always filled in ‘other’ because nothing applied to me.” She continued: “Tonight, I choose to be over having to choose. Hello, world. I’m Kayla. Oh. And yeah – I’m bi.” She then posted a bisexual pride flag. She was met with support and love from fans and peers, though she deactivated her account after the tweet. (There has been speculation that she deactivated due to harassment, but that is unconfirmed and the wrestler has a history of deactivating periodically.)

Congratulations, Kayla!

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LGBTQ group raises funds for office in Ghana

After being kicked out of their prior offices by a homophobic landlord, Ghana Police Service, and National Security, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights of Ghana group has been raising funds online to acquire new office space in Accra. On their GoFundMe, the group writes: “We are hoping to build our very own community center to continue in supporting the Ghanaian LGBTQ+ community…As a collective and autonomous project, our plan is to foster a much more cooperative approach, bringing together individuals, efforts and ideas towards making a greater impact and bring dignity to and for our community.” At the time of writing, the group has raised over $39,000, more than a third of their $100,000 goal.

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