Together they worked on Ferro’s debut album , released in 2001.
These men have been a positive influence for GLBT youth around the world, and by their honesty they have helped shape the current climate and acceptability for being an openly gay male artist in today’s music industry.These are artists who risked their careers to be true to their sexuality, and who make us proud to be the gay and bi men that we are.Pallet’s penchant for humorous album titles resulted in the unforgettable name of his second album, It was at this time that Pallett’s career began to really take off, and he hired his boyfriend Patrick Borjal as his manager and they formed the aptly titled company Boyfriend Management.In 2009, Pallett retired the use of his band name Final Fantasy and released his critically acclaimed album is when he began to see true commercial success and embarked on a tour of North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.Known for his untrained and distinct baritone voice, Merritt has been dubbed “the most miserable man in rock” due to his bitter, ironic, and often humorous take on love.
Known in music circles as a “gay synth-pop” group, The Magnetic Fields consist of one gay male artist (Merritt), one lesbian (Claudia Gonson), one straight female (Susan Amway, who is no longer with the group), and two straight males (Sam Davol and John Woo).Recently Ferro made headlines when he chose to come out to Italian magazine on October 5, 2010, stating “I want to fall in love with a man.” Ferro is our most recently out gay male artist.Born Glenn Soukesian, Colton Ford first rose to prominence as a gay adult film star from 2001-2002 with 11 films to date, many of which I’m sure you’ve already seen.Interestingly enough, before Ford’s time in the movie industry, he began his career as a back-up singer for the likes of Salt ‘n Pepa, Chaka Khan, and Vanessa Williams.Ford walked away from the adult film industry in 2002 to refocus his career on music, generating a string of club/dance hits including “Everything” and “That’s Me” on which he collaborated with Cazwell.These days, with more and more public figures coming forward about their sexuality, it was only a matter of time that we here at The put together a list of the most influential and intriguing openly gay and bisexual male musicians of the past century. While we’ve limited this to only 50 musicians, the number of openly gay artists far surpasses that number, and we’re sure you will likely spot an artist near and dear to your heart that we left out. We simply tried to assemble a list of those artists we feel have been both successful in their careers while also raising awareness toward gay rights issues and giving back to the community in which they belong.