Why aren’t there more queer artists in the mainstream music industry? According to Trixie Mattel, it’s because queer music fans often support straight artists over artists in their own communities.
“If you don’t clap for Todrick Hall, guess what Mary, you’re a homophobe,” Trixie Mattel joked at the panel Drag & Music: From Drag Race to the Top of the Charts at Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural Pride Summit, which is taking place at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood on Aug. 8. “If a white blonde woman was doing what Todrick Hill did, gays would fall the fuck out. If you don’t support shit, it goes away or it never happens.”
Mattel joined Alaska Thunderfuck, Blair St. Clair, Manila Luzon, Peppermint, and Producer Entertainment Group’s Ryan Aceto for a conversation with Billboard staff writer Stephen Daw about why the music industry hasn’t embraced drag artists the way the worlds of fashion and television have.
“We as individuals we make music,” added St. Clair. “So many people label that and say it’s ‘gay music’ … Music doesn’t have a gender or sexual orientation. What I do isn’t stange or weird or obscure.”
The Billboard Pride Summit will also feature the stars of Billboard’s new Pride Issue — Big Freedia, ILoveMakonnen, Hayley Kiyoko and Tegan and Sara — who will reunite for a live panel.