Greatest lesbian icon in pop music: K.D. Lang or Melissa Etheridge? | The Tylt
Gay male icons are recognized in pop culture for breaking barriers in music, but there are plenty of lesbians like Melissa Etheridge and K.D. Lang who have paved the way for LGBTQ and androgynous artists. K.D. came out in the Advocate in 1992, uncommon for back then. And subsequently, K.D.'s "Constant Craving," became a gay anthem. Melissa's coming out story followed in early 1993, pushing her next single "Come to My Window" into popularity. Who's the greatest lesbian icon in pop music? 🎤🎸
Greatest lesbian icon in pop music: K.D. Lang or Melissa Etheridge?
Melissa and K.D. are both pop music icons remembered for coming out as lesbians in the early '90s. Watch this epic performance below of Melissa singing her hit "You Can Sleep While I Drive" with K.D. in 1994.
"Constant Craving" is regarded as a gay anthem, and rightfully so. The single became K.D.'s first hit since coming out as a lesbian. And at the time, K.D. was paving the way for more music artists—male or female—to perform and entertain openly as gay artists. She empowered the LGBTQ community with her music, and it all had begun with "Constant Craving."
K.D. was an acclaimed Canadian country-pop singer in late '80s and early '90s, but "Constant Craving" was a soft rock smash, which won her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993.
Below are some significant lyrics to "Constant Craving," per Genius.
🎤Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin
And constant (Constant)
Has always (Always)
Watch the music video below.
Melissa was technically not in the closet when she came out as a lesbian in early 1993. Her sexuality wasn't really known in the late '80s, but her lesbian-hood was always part of her music. She performed in lesbian bars and even submitted a demo to Olivia Records, a lesbian record label in the mid-80s. Though she was rejected, she still became a rockstar, and it was no easy feat becoming a groundbreaking lesbian rockstar.
After she came out, her popularity increased when "Come to My Window" started playing in heavy rotation and ultimately adopted as a gay anthem. Because of the song's significance to LGBTQ people and hence, the success and acclaim of the single, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammys in 1995.
Below are some notable lyrics to "Come to My Window," also thanks to Genius.
🎶Come to my window
Wait by the light of the moon
Come to my window
I'll be home soon🎶
Watch the music video below featuring a young Juliette Lewis.