Thursday, August 11, 2016

12 LGBTQIAP+ Music Videos

I love music videos--they add surprising layers to songs I already loved and they can bring a brilliant, dynamic performance that jogs my brain creatively. I've been watching a ton of them this year as quick breaks in between writing and editing during my work day, which often stretches until 9pm and into the weekends.

But it can be difficult to find the inclusiveness I work toward in my writing and reading in the music I listen to and the music videos I watch. I want that inclusiveness in my music for all the same reasons I want to write and read inclusively, but also because music and my writing are so closely linked for me. It's part of what I use to feed my creativity and tune my brain. What I'm consuming needs to be reflective of what I want to write.

So here's a list of music videos worth watching that feature LGBTQIAP+ characters or storylines. Some are ownvoices, some are tragic, some are happily ever after. Let me know in the comments what ones you recommend! I'm always looking for more.

"Youth" Troye Sivan:

Broken Hearts/Bones- Parlour Tricks:

Girls Like Girls- Hayley Kiyoko:

Cliff's Edge- Hayley Kiyoko:

Ghost- Halsey:

I loved You- Blonde (feat. Melissa Steele):

Hold On When You Get Love- Stars:

She Keeps Me Warm- Mary Lambert:

The Blue Neighborhood trilogy below from Troye Sivan contains some of my favorites. Also worth noting: the 2nd video below is completely wonderful happy version of "Wild" with Alessia Cara, and it stole my heart. 

Wild, Fools, and Talk Me Down (director's cut)- Troye Sivan

Wild- Troye Sivan feat. Alessia Cara: 

Kinks Shirt- Matt Nathanson

Modern Love- Matt Nathanson

Kate Brauning: Kate is the author of How We Fall from Merit Press/F&W Books and an editor with Entangled Publishing. Kate loves unusual people, good whiskey, dark chocolate, everything about autumn, bright colors, red maple trees, superstitions, ghost stories, night skies, pie, and talking about books. Where to find Kate: TwitterFacebookPublishing WebsiteAuthor Website

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