TRENDSPOTTING: The Power of Queer Storytelling in Song

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GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy group, returns to the annual Music Biz conference in Nashville this May with its latest panel, sure to be its biggest and best yet. Focusing around the power of queer storytelling — and its quickly emerging presence in pop music — GLAAD has gathered some of the leading artists and songwriters of our time to discuss the importance of LGBTQ representation behind the scenes and in the lyrics of popular music. Anchored by GLAAD board member and BMI Songwriter of the Year Justin Tranter, this panel will feature some of the biggest names working in music today who are out, loud and proud about LGBTQ visibility in their art.


Sarah Kate Ellis is the President & CEO of GLADD, where she refocused the organizations crucial advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community, through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns, and programs. Ellis has used GLAAD’s position as the w...


Shea Diamond

Singer & Songwriter
ShaGasyia “Shea” Diamond, is a singer/songwriter who wrote the song “I Am Her”, while serving a 10-year sentence in a male prison. The song is an anthem for everyone that ever felt shunned for simply being who they are, and empowers listeners to continue living as their t... Read More →

Shane McAnally

CEO & Co-Founder / Co-Head, SMACKSongs / Monument Records
Shane McAnally is a multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy award-winning Country music songwriter and producer, who currently works with Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and more. When he is not in the studio, he is serving as co-head of Monument Records and is the CEO & Co-Founder... Read More →

Justin Tranter

Musician, Songwriter & Activist
Justin Tranter is a Golden Globe and Grammy nominated songwriter, musician, and activist.  He has written songs for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DNCE, Kesha, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, and many others... Read More →
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