How Local Queers Are Making Space For Themselves In Hip-Hop

May. 26, 2015 / By

On April 29, Cal State Long beach showcased Queer Hip-Hop Uncensored– an introduction to California-based queer emcees– just in time for the biggest gay event of the city, Long Beach Pride.

“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to show people that there are LGBTQ+ artists because I think it’s so important that we have this visibility, not just on campus, but our LGBTQ+ community overall,” said hip-hop artist Jayy Lee, who also co-hosts CSULB’s Queer Radio Show on and is president of CSULB’s Q&A (Queers and Allies).

The video above highlights the musicians who performed and their views on queer visibility in hip-hop.

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Mariah Smith

Mariah Smith

Mariah is a student at Long Beach City College. She is a European futbol superfan, and FC Barcelona is her favorite team to watch. Mariah is a self-proclaimed thrill seeker who enjoys theme parks and being at the center of the dance floor at Long Beach clubs. She plays classical and electric guitar and produces music beats on her computer.