New York City has a long history of being a hub for aspiring musicians and songwriters. Before the Stonewall Riots of 1969, it was a place where transgender, gay, queer, lesbian, and bisexual people flocked to find a home where they can live openly. Though constantly changing, New York continues to be that place. As a gay musician and songwriter, there was much to compel me to move to Brooklyn.
And now a new community has formed in our fair city. Gay singer/songwriters, bands and artists seem to be increasing exponentially in New York. It’s likely that we’ve always been here, but now we are more visible, forming communities to support each other. I am just one of many out artists living in New York.
In this weekly blog, I will discuss what it’s like to be a gay musician and songwriter. I encourage you to contact me with your questions and comments. I want to get the conversation going. You can post comments below, or email me directly at jameswilsonmusic @ gmail . com (no spaces). I love hearing from fans and other LGBTQ artists all around the world.