[Billboard] 50 Stellar Songs by LGBTQ Artists That You Might Have Missed in 2018 (But Shouldn't Have)

Since Hayley Kiyoko’s “#20GAYTEEN” hashtag went viral on New Year’s Day, 2018 has been an impressive year for LGBTQ musicians, with Troye Sivan, Janelle Monáe, Halsey and Kiyoko herself all highlighting the rainbow hues in pop culture. But not every queer musician got the attention they deserved: Across genres -- from hip-hop to K-pop, from folk to house -- queer artists released some of the coolest, most forward-thinking music without due fanfare.

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[Huffington Post] With ‘Hometown,’ Brandon Stansell Wants To Remind LGBTQ Country Fans They’re Not Alone

Brandon Stansell emerged on the music scene in 2015 as a brooding, Tennessee-bred Romeo grappling with his quest for love. The country singer-songwriter’s latest video, however, relays a different type of heartbreak. 

Directed by Trent Atkinson, “Hometown” depicts the anguish that Stansell said he experienced after he came out as gay to his conservative family a decade ago. 

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[Billboard] Brandon Stansell Talks Emotional 'Hometown' Video & Being Openly Gay in Country Music: 'Visibility Is Important'

Country music may not be known for being inclusive to LGBTQ artists, but rising musician Brandon Stansell is redefining the genre one soulful song at a time.

“I think that people, especially in the south, who listen to country music are more open and loving than we give them credit to be,” says the doe-eyed 31-year-old. “We just have to give them the opportunity to show us.”

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[Elite Daily] Brandon Stansell’s “Hometown” Music Video Makes An Important Point About Coming Out

Did a new country singer express the struggle of being queer in a conservative area and the solace of chosen family all in one music video? It certainly seems like it. Now playing on CMT, Brandon Stansell’s “Hometown” Music Video navigates coming out, feeling rejected by your family, finding your own queer and ally community, and holding space for all parts of yourself — in just under five minutes.

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[PRIDE] Brandon Stansell Is Making Country Queer Inclusive with 'Hometown'

Brandon Stansell wants country music to be more inclusive and representative of queers, and in his newest single "Hometown," the singer-songwriter does just that. PRIDE caught up with Brandon in preparation for the exclusive premiere of the video for the song, and he shares his own story growing up in a small Tennessee suburb, and how all the love he experienced as a child was taken away the moment he came out as gay.

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[OUT] Brandon Stansell Finds His Chosen Family in 'Hometown' Video

Gay country singer Brandon Stansell just released his latest music video for "Hometown," which had a broadcast premiere on CMT. As one of the few out country singers, he's making his mark on the industry in this bittersweet video.

The video is inspired by Stansell's own coming out experience. It depicts an unfortunate conversation with his mother that leads to him out on the street. But with a group of friends supporting him, he discovers the queer rite of passage that is the chosen family.

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[CMT] Brandon Stansell Lives History in “Hometown”

You have to laugh to keep from crying learning about the hard conversations rising artist Brandon Stansell endured during his time as a closeted gay man.

It’s a pain that many who keep that massive secret to themselves know well. From the age of six when he first knew he was gay to the time of his coming out at age 22, Stansell often listened to loved ones who didn’t accept members of the LGBTQ community trash talk everything about their private lives.

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[The Chattanoogan] Local Artists Join Together In Fight Against HIV

For years the art community has supported those facing the challenges of HIV. Chattanooga CARES Foundation will continue this tradition on Saturday, Sept. 22, by bringing together some of the area’s performing and visual artists all in support of Cempa Community Care.

Arts for CARES: Paradiso e Inferno will be held at The Turnbull Building on 1400 Fort St. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

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[The Hollywood Reporter] Equality California to Honor Kathy Griffin, 'Queer Eye' for LGBTQ Advocacy

LGBTQ civil rights organization Equality California will honor comedian Kathy Griffin and the Netflix reality series Queer Eye on Sept. 29.

The revived powerhouses are being lauded at the Los Angeles Equality Awards along with Jewel's Catch One nightclub founder Jewel Thais-Williams. Taking place at the Marriott Hotel downtown, the gala will be hosted by comedian Dana Goldberg with performances by Brandon Stansell, DJ MASHA and Vanderpump Rules' Billie Lee.

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[Affinity] Brandon Stansell Opens Up About New Single and Being a Part of the LGBTQ Community

You’ve never heard country music like this before. While the genre has faced some skepticism in the past, Brandon Stansell is delivering on a whole new level. As one of the few openly gay country artists, Stansell is working hard and using his music to change the stigma around the LGBTQ community. He is no stranger to the difficult and cut-throat music business, but is optimistic and proud of the growing trend of acceptance.

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[Billboard] Queer Necessities: Billboard Pride's August 2018 Playlist

It's our anniversary: for the past year,Billboard Pride has caught you up on the latest and greatest bops by queer musicians and fierce allies though our playlist Queer Necessities. Each month's selections are curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi's Blog.

Don't forget to follow Queer Necessities on Spotify to keep up-to-date on the best musical offerings from the LGBTQ community. Check out August’s selections below.

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[Taste Of Country] Who's Rising Now? 5 Artists To Watch In August 2018

This month's list of new country artists to watch is diverse, to say the least.

Each act brings a unique quality to the musical landscape — from Lucie Silvas' undeniably soulful voice to Brandon Stansell's important LGBTQ awareness (plus his thoughtful lyrics). On this Who's RISING Now? list you'll also find three powerhouse women who tell authentic stories through powerful songs.

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[Billboard] Country Crooner Brandon Stansell Enlists Eureka O'Hara For Charming 'For You' Video: Premiere

Singer-songwriter Brandon Stansell has released the music video to his bright, love-laced track “For You,” starring RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Eureka O’Hara.

Premiering on Billboard today (July 24), the music video follows a playful, love-at-first-sight storyline with Stansell teaching O’Hara to see her own beauty, transforming her into an even fiercer version of herself now confident enough to approach her newfound crush.

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[CMT] CODY CAST EPISODE 41: Brandon Stansell

Country newcomer Brandon Stansell lights up the room with his cheerful energy and infectious laugh. The singer is making waves in the country space with his new single “For You” and making headlines as a trailblazer for the LGBTQ community! Brandon sat down with Cody Alan this week to discuss his new single and what we can expect from him in the near future. The up and comer is turning heads in the country music industry while pushing boundaries within the genre. Tune in to hear what he has to say!

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