I’ve been meaning to write this post for months and just haven’t gotten to it. This past summer will be remembered for the landmark Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage. While that decision did not extend marriage rights to all 50 states, our nation is headed in the right direction, and I look forward to being legally wed to PJ in the not too distant future.

Gay love was also in the air this past summer musically. In many respects, it started with Macklemore’s “Same Love”:

I’ll admit that, at first, I didn’t pay much attention to Macklemore. But once I sat down and listened to his hit, I was really impressed with what he’s achieved: he’s captured the way so many younger people now think. It’s a beautiful video, and I think it paved the way for other music made by queer artists.

One of these is featured in Macklemore’s song: Mary Lambert. She wrote the refrain for Macklemore and then decided to use those lyrics for the basis for her own song:

I love this song! I think it’s a beautiful love song, and it’s become one of my favorite songs of the year. I started my Lesbian and Gay Lit class this term by showing it. My students all agreed that it’s revolutionary in its depiction of same-sex attraction, making it sweet and sexy!

Steve Grand had the good sense to release his video for “All-American Boy” just as the Supreme Court decision was handed down:

While I’m sure it helps that he’s easy on the eyes, I think the more important point is that he’s actually worth listening to. I especially like some of the videos of him singing live. If his follow-up single is any indication, he’s got a career ahead of him.

Eli Lieb hasn’t gotten the attention that Steve Grand has, but I like his music even more. “Young Love” is very catchy:

But I really LOVE his cover of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” which is gorgeous:

And last but not least, one of my favorite bands, Father Tiger, got in on the gay love with their song “First Love”:

So, this past summer was a great one for queer music. Hopefully these artists–along with lots of others–keep it up in the new year!