LGBTQ Brunch For Music Industry Hitmakers Slammed For Lack of Diversity
Apparently Frank Ocean, Big Freedia, Kehlani and Todrick Hall aren't big enough to have a seat at the table. A dozen of queer-identifying hitmakers attended a roundtable discussion last week to talk about homophobia in the music industry. After Variety published an article about the brunch gathering with a group photo of the attendees, many people noticed there were no women and people of color.
According to Variety, management company Milk & Honey organized the inaugural “Out to Brunch” event to celebrate some of the most successful gay songwriters, artists, and other creatives in the business.
Singer-songwriters James “JHart” Abrahart and Brett “Leland” McLaughlin cohosted the event held at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood.
“LGBTQ people are marginalized in the world and in the music business,” said acclaimed songwriter Justin Tranter. “I think there’s even more love and support here.”
Abrahart agreed, adding, “We get the short end of the stick from executives, so as creative people, it’s important for us to stay unified and feel like a family.”
The article stated songwriter Ilsey Juber was the “token female songwriter in attendance” and that Tranter called out the lack of diversity at the event.
While people on Twitter expressed their appreciation for seeing such an event held, they were disappointed in its lack of diversity.