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 Kbeach.org 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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You may see Multimedia reporter M. Smith taking a stroll around the community of Long Beach but what may look like a trip to the corner store or local barber, M never stops looking for a new compelling story. Smith mostly publishes as a video journalist, but also writes, photographs, as well. M strives to get the best camera shots and offer readers and viewers a full experience by submitting a package deal of photos, a story, and a video to complement each article. Smith wears many hats including producing the Wavegang podcast as a team manager.