Queer culture deserves to be celebrated all year round, not just during Pride month. Today we’re proud to launch Deezer’s new “Queer Culture” channel, which will be a permanent fixture on the Deezer platform. We want to bring fans the top music, podcasts and audiobooks from the queer community and to bring attention to queer artists and creators like Kehlani, Janelle Monae and others.
The channel will be regularly updated with the very latest content from queer talent worldwide. Fans can explore a range of editorial playlists like “Queer Icons” and “The new generation of artists.” Here they can listen to long-standing champions of the community or discover new queer artists. For a mixture of tracks, our ‘Celebrate queer music’ playlist covers the likes of drag music, vogue and LGBTQ moods. We’ve also given a dedicated home to soundtracks for TV shows and movies that brought queer culture to the masses like ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, ‘It’s A Sin’ and ‘Pose’.
Later this month, we’ll also debut “Deezer Queer Culture Sessions”. These exclusive sessions will feature popular queer artists including Mykki Blanco, Calum Scott, Tayla Parx and Carlie Hanson. They’ll cover tracks like “Boys in the Street” by Greg Holden, “Wannabe” by Spice Girls and “Here Comes My Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Besides bringing you curated artist playlists like Princess Nokia’s “Midnight Mixtape”, we’re also ensuring that queer content creators and producers are fully represented. If you’re looking to learn more about LGBTQ+ life, culture and history, we’ve got a selection of podcasts like Nancy and LGBTQ&A and audio fans in Germany can also listen to Queer specific audiobooks. Our “Behind the music” playlist will also take fans behind the scenes to champion queer producers and songwriters like Sophie and Victoria Monet.
“Queer culture is all about inclusion and respect. There are so many artists and creators who have contributed to the Queer community throughout the decades. This inspired us to create a single hub for all Queer content. Whether, it’s music, podcasts or audiobooks – our channel is a gateway to Pride – 365 days a year,” commented Fabio Santana, the Global Editor of Deezer’s Queer Culture Channel.
The Queer Culture Channel marks Deezer’s ongoing diversity efforts. In 2020, we took action to support black artists and creators by removing the term “Urban” and launching a “Black Culture” channel. Now, a permanent fixture on Deezer, we are committed to promoting audio content from the most talented black creators worldwide. Since our launch, we continue to see interest from our users as streams of Kalash Criminel’s “Black History Month” Session in 2021 saw a 225% boost in its week of launch.
The Queer Culture is live from today and available here worldwide*