Halsey and Lauren Jauregui become "Strangers"
Halsey and Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui teamed up for the queer breakup anthem "Strangers" on Halsey's hopeless fountain kingdom, and it was everything one could have hoped for in terms of a real, unapologetic song about two women who continue to long for one another at the end of a relationship. It’s no coincidence that the track was on Halsey’s album, which was the first female album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017. It's not only forlorn and relatable, but it's a gorgeous ballad that makes copious use of "she/her" pronouns so you know exactly what the story's about.
Demi Lovato opens up about her sexuality
Demi Lovato’s YouTube documentary Simply Complicated covered some intimate ground for the pop star after she was photographed earlier this year holding hands with DJ/producer Lauren Abedini while hanging out at Disneyland. When some fans criticized her for not coming out with her sexuality, she reminded them to watch the film, during which Demi states that is simply “open to human connection, so whether that’s through a male or female, it doesn’t matter to me.” Lovato took charge of her own narrative here, in a healthy and tasteful way, and with that kind of outlook Lovatics should definitely be proud. In a year where it seemed the world was determined to bring her down, Demi brought light and positivity wherever she went, even bringing Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official, Danica Roem, with her to the AMAs as her date. You may continue to slay, Demi.
Tegan and Sara pull off The Con X
It's been a fantastic year for pop darlings Tegan and Sara, with the duo launching The Con X, commemorating the album that really put them on the map. The band's success from the original release of The Con reminded us that these two queer women have a lot to say, and an even bigger platform these days to say it with. The Con X, aside from being a celebration of the duo’s 10th anniversary of their breakthrough LP, featured a selection of amazingly talented artists like PVRIS' Lynn Gunn, Mykki Blanco, and MUNA performing covers of Tegan and Sara tunes. Name a more iconic duo.
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