June is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots and asking all of us to remember how we got where we are today. So we thought it might be fun to start up an annual Pride Month poll here at /bent, asking our readers to tell us the films, television shows, songs and people (both fictional and real) that have been important to them in the past 45 years.
Seventy-two people responded, and we'll be sharing the results over the next few weeks, with the fifth poll up today: The most important LGBT musicians or bands of the last 45 years.
Now, before we get to the results: We do realize doing this kind of thing is highly subjective, which is why we're going with "most important" and not "best." We hoped that what resulted was eclectic mix of musicians that have helped shape the queer cultural landscape. And we think it really is. But here are some interesting things to note before you go through the list:
So without further ado, we present the 25 most important LGBT musicians, according to you. Definitely use the comments section to discuss your thoughts and/or your own choices, but remember - these were your picks - do don't blame us if your offended about their quality or lack of diversity through the LGBT spectrum. And watch the clips!
24 (tie). Tracy Chapman - 41 points
23. RuPaul - 43
21 (tie). Peaches - 44
21 (tie). Bob Mould - 44