"LGBT Anthems, Neo-LGBTQ anthems and Queer Taste; Categorising Queer Songs" Tuning into the Pandemic, a Conference on the State of Music Research in Aotearoa

Rogerson-Berry, Megan (2020) "LGBT Anthems, Neo-LGBTQ anthems and Queer Taste; Categorising Queer Songs" Tuning into the Pandemic, a Conference on the State of Music Research in Aotearoa. Tuning Into the Pandemic, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, 26 - 27th November, 2020. (Unpublished)

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LGBTQ Anthems, Neo-LGBTQ Anthems, and Queer Taste; Categorizing Queer Songs Megan Rogerson-Berry The mainstreaming of LGBTQI+ culture and the increase of LGBTQI+ rights is directly connected to the reshaping of LGBTQI+ music. Queer music scholars have begun to comment on these changes in emerging literature, (see Fast & Jennex, 2019) however, for the most part, the implications of the social and political changes (particularly during and post-marriage-equality) for LGBTQI+ communities on popular music remains largely unexplored. The data from an online survey, conducted as part of my PhD research in late 2019, that aimed to canvass broad ideas around queerness in popular music suggested different categories of songs that participants identified as ‘sounding queer’. On the one hand, there were songs that were ‘expected’, often older and culturally significant to LGBTQ rights movements and pride events – what I’d term LGBTQ Anthems. There were also what could be termed Neo-LGBTQ Anthems; songs that signal a new age of LGBTQ acceptance in mainstream popular culture and increased rights and visibility of LBGTQ communities. The remainder of the songs proved to contain a wide range of diverse songs, which made it difficult to categorise, and so the question arose as to why participants might identify these songs as queer. This paper aims to organise the results of this survey into the two categories mentioned, and explore the concept of queer taste, linked to queer aesthetic, in the categorisation of other songs, in order to argue that taste plays a pivotal role in both the creation, consumption and appropriation of queer music in the last 10-20 years, compared to LGBTQ music of earlier decades.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Conference Paper,Popular Music, Queer Theory, Anthems, Queer Anthems, LGBTQ Anthems, Neo-LGBTQ Anthems
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:7602
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