5 Queer Latinx Artists You Need To Listen to During Pride Month
Celebrate Pride Month by listening to these 5 Queer Latinx Artists
Joy Huerta, of the Mexican sibling pop duo, Jesse y Joy, announced through an Instagram post in April 2019 that she was in love with another woman. In the caption, she explained that even from a young age, she never viewed sexuality as a binary, and that love is love, regardless of gender.
Jesse y Joy have been making music together since 2005, when they released their first album, Esta Es Mi Vida.Their latest album, Aire was released last month. A majority of their songs are in Spanish, but they have a few English versions of songs, like “Ecos De Amor” (“Echoes of Love”),” and a Spanglish song called “More Than Amigos.”
Their most popular songs are “Mañana Es Too Late,” a collaboration with Reggaeton star J Balvin, and “Tanto,” a collaboration with Luis Fonsi.
Nitty Scott is a bisexual Afro-Latina rapper and poet from Brooklyn. Scott first went viral for her freestyle verse over Kanye West’s “Monster” in 2010. She has performed at the BET hip hop awards, the Brooklyn Hip Hop festival, and more.
Scott’s first full length album, Creature!, was released in July 2017, and is a collection of songs that speak to the queer, Black, Puerto Rican American experience. She used her own life as inspiration for a character she calls “Negrita in Wonderland.”
Mexican-born, LA-based rapper, Carla Reyna, otherwise known by her stage name, Niña Dioz, is an openly queer woman who has no problem defying gender norms and being blunt about issues that matter. In her most recent album, Reyna, she flexes her feminist beliefs without apology. In the song, “América,” she raps about the racism she’s experienced since moving to the states, with lines like “your privilege has to go,” and “Whites kill masses, but they blame my country.”
Linn da Quebrada is a black trans rapper fighting to give visibility to the LGBTQ community in her home of São Paulo, Brazil. In October 2017, she released a crowdfunded audiovisual album entitled Pajubá, which she considers the Brazilian version of Beyoncé’s Lemonade. The word ‘Pajubá’ is the secret language created by Brazilian queer and trans people.
The lyrics seek to make people aware of the struggles of marginalized communities and empower them to love their identity. In her song “Mulher,” meaning ‘woman,’ she sings:
“Applaud the femmes that fight to exist
And every day fighting to conquer the right
To live, shine and slay”
Phabullo Rodrigues da Silva, known professionally as Pabllo Vittar, is a Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter. In 2014, she arrived into the music scene as a full-blown star, when she perfected one of Whitney Houston’s most difficult solos from the song “I Have Nothing,” on local TV.
Vittar is the most followed drag queen on social media, with 7 million followers on Instagram, and she is the first drag queen to be nominated for a Grammy. Her single “Problema Seu,” from the album Não Para Não (No, Don’t Stop), reached 40 million views on Youtube in less than two months, and 10 songs off the album charted in Spotify’s Top 40 most streamed songs within hours of release.