#20GAYTEEN Timeline: 21 Best LGBTQ Music Moments of the Year


Since Hayley Kiyoko’s “#20GAYTEEN” hashtag went viral on New Year’s Day, 2018 has been precisely that, as LGBTQ musicians dominated the charts, journal covers and runways.

Jan. 20

Troye Sivan performs “My My My!” and “The Good Side” on Saturday Night Live.

Jan. 27

Halsey’s “Bad at Love,” on which she sings of female and male love pursuits, peaks at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

March 15

Trixie Mattel wins RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars three and releases her second album, the folksy One Stone.

April 26

Janelle Monáe comes out as pansexual in her Rolling Stone cowl story.

May eight

At the BMI Pop Awards, Teddy Geiger makes her first public look since popping out as transgender.

June 1

Ariana Grande writes a love letter to the LGBTQ group: “I hope to create anthems for you that wrap you up with consolation and make you get your finest life for so long as I reside.”

June three

Pose debuts on FX with essentially the most trans actors, together with Mj Rodriguez, in common roles on a sequence.

Peppermint turns into the primary brazenly trans girl to originate a lead in a Broadway musical with Head Over Heels.

July 6

Brendon Urie comes out as pansexual in an interview with Paper journal.

July 14

Drag queen Blair St. Clair tops the Dance/Electronic Albums Sales chart with Call My Life.

July 19

Jason Mraz opens up about his experiences with women and men in Billboard.

July 28

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds’ annual LoveLoud live performance raises over $1 million for LGBTQ youth.

Aug. 20

Hayley Kiyoko wins an MTV Video Music Award for PUSH artist of the yr and performs on the present.

Sept. 9

Christina Aguilera performs “Fall in Line” with Farrah Moan throughout Opening Ceremony’s New York Fashion Week present, curated by 2017 RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sasha Velour.

Sept. 15

Shea Diamond performs in entrance of former Vice President Joe Biden at a Human Rights Campaign occasion.

Sept. 21

Diplo, Dua Lipa and Pabllo Vittar converse out towards anti-LGBTQ Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro on social media.

#EleNão !!!!! https://t.co/r68PNrddCg

— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) September 21, 2018

Sept. 27

Brockhampton, whose de facto frontman, Kevin Abstract, is brazenly homosexual, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Iridescence.

Oct. 1

Kim Petras releases Halloween-themed mixtape Turn Off the Light, Vol. 1, which includes a visitor look from Elvira.

Oct. 12

After asserting her being pregnant, Kehlani reminds Twitter trolls that queer girls can have infants.

Oct. 17

Justin Tranter hosts a fundraiser for GLAAD at which queer songwriters Sarah Aarons and Cameron Forbes carry out hits they co-wrote: “The Middle” by Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris, and “Taste” by Tyga and Offset, respectively.

Nov. 2

The Freddie Mercury-inspired Bohemian Rhapsody has the all-time second-biggest opening for a music biopic, incomes $72 million internationally its first weekend.

This article initially appeared within the Dec. 15 concern of Billboard.