Dr. K.J. Rawson (Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Coordinator of Digital Integration Teaching Initiative and Director of the Digital Transgender Archive) discusses the importance of Lil Nas X in defining black queer culture in popular music. Through his analysis of the young artist, the professor places him amongst a lineage of queer artists breaking the mold, and at the same time situates Lil Nas X into a class of his own, due to his unrelenting desires to push boundaries, especially as a queer Black man.
“As a Black, gay man making wildly popular music, he’s [Lil Nas X] transforming “the landscape of queer possibilities.”Dr. K.J. Rawson
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