Are you late to the LP party? LP has more than two billion streams to their name and a devout global fan following. 

The highly anticipated sixth album, CHURCHES, from singer-songwriter LP (pronouns: they/them) is released worldwide on December 3 and we are here for it. Here's why:

  • They sing about major queer moods including loving women
  • Their voice is an incredible soaring, throaty, five-octave trip into another world
  • The sulky catch and sob and warble in their voice recalls Chrissie Amphlett, Lulu, Maria McKee
  • The almost-yodel, the whistling, and so much more
  • Their genre-spanning production transports you from emo to Euro pop to folk and back again
  • The critics universally rave, including:
    • SPIN: “(Their) voice, a glorious warble that spans five octaves, has incited bidding wars between major labels.” 
    • Guitar World: “One of the most compelling songwriters in the world right now”. 
    • American Songwriter: "Dynamic sonic force” 
    • Flaunt: “Musical Banshee, melancholic rebel, headstrong gambler and lyrical truth-teller”
    • TMRW Magazine: “You could call (them) a singer songwriter, but that doesn’t quite do LP justice as an artist who creates pure poetry, which just happens to be sung along with some killer melodies” 
    • Earmilk: “It's hard to think of a voice in modern music as hypnotizing as LP's, and (their) knack for pulling at your emotions is unmatched” 
    • Pitch List:“(They) will draw you in with (their) ethereal vocals; you’ll stay for gorgeous storytelling and an endearing personality”
    • Gay Star News: “With a voice that dances between gravelly and ethereal, songs that proudly explore themes of same-sex love, and a style that’s androgynous and effortlessly cool (think Harry Styles meets Linda Perry meets peak-Strokes)…”  

Churches is an impeccable production and little wonder, check out the serious cred behind this album: Executive produced by Mike Del Rio (Kylie Minogue, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey).

In addition to tracks produced by Del Rio, Churches includes production by Isabella Machine Summers (Florence + The Machine); Nate Campany (Tove Lo, K.Flay, Christina Aguilera) and Kyle Shearer (Becky G, Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen) – collectively known as Valley GirlLars Stalfors (Health, Local Natives, Cold War Kids); two-time Grammy winner Dan Wilson (Adele, Pink, Leon Bridges, James Bay); and Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira).

The album was mastered by multi-Grammy winner Emily Lazar (HAIM, Maggie Rogers, The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Coldplay). LP has released five singles leading up to Churches’ album release with a combined stream/view count across all platforms of 79M. 

Churches’ first single “The One That You Love generated more than 24M YouTube views of the official video, 21M Spotify streams, and had its TV debut on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” The album’s second single “How Low Can You Go has 7M streams on Spotify, 6.7M YouTube views, and hit Triple-A radio’s Top 3 most added songs.

The video for the third single, “One Last Time” co-starring actor/filmmaker/model Jaime King, racked up 16M YouTube views and 8.9M streams on Spotify.  LP’s Goodbye has generated 2.3M YouTube views and nearly a million Spotify streams. LP’s most recent single “Angels has 1.1M Spotify streams and nearly 900K YouTube views. 

ABOUT LP

LP has released five albums and three EPs – including 2020’s Live In Moscow; 2018’s Heart to Mouth, featuring single “Girls Go Wild” that was Italy’s most-played radio hit of 2019; and 2016’s breakthrough Lost On You featuring the global smash title track that reached No. 1 in 18 countries and was Diamond-certified in France, plus Platinum in Greece, Italy (4X) and Poland.

Their songwriting credits include hits for Rihanna (“Cheers (Drink To That)”, Rita Ora (“Shine Ya Light”), Cher (“Pride,” “Red”), Backstreet Boys (“Love Will Keep You Up All Night”), Leona Lewis (“Fingerprint”), Céline Dion (“Change My Mind”) and Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People”).

LP’s YouTube channel receives more than 2.4 million views a day and their songs are streamed more than 2M times daily across all DSPs. 

LP’s dates for their 2022 headlining world tour in support of Churches will kick off on January 21st at the O2 Academy in Leeds, England, and conclude after 30 dates across the continent on March 13th at Paris, France’s Salle Pleyel.

A month later, LP will hit the road for U.S. dates, beginning on April 14th in Portland, Oregon at the Roseland Theater. The 29-day run includes shows at LA’s famed Greek Theatre, two concerts in NYC, The Ryman in Nashville, Stubbs in Austin, and more, before concluding on May 22nd in San Diego. 

Follow LP: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube - Spotify - Apple Music

Churches will be released worldwide on December 3rd via SOTA Records. 

Photo courtesy of KimChi Chic Beauty

Trixie Mattel and Kim Chi Makeup Collaboration


Keep reading Show less
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville

Rumble Boxing Gulch, Nashville


Keep reading Show less
Photo courtesy of ANIRUDH on Unsplash

Mjolnir

Like many of the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films, LGBTQ+ fans awaited the release of Thor: Love and Thunder in open anticipation of the inclusivity that both Marvel and Disney had promised. However, the fans were only setting themselves up for disappointment when the film was finally released.

Despite passionate assurances from studio heads to key actors, Thor: Love and Thunder was NOT spectacularly gay. It wasn’t even that good…

Premiere Night Promises

A bolt of lightning cuts across a rainbow on a dark and stormy night.

Lightning bold across the sky

Photo by Bill D.

Standing on the red carpet at the London Premiere of the film, director and actor Taika Waititi and fellow cast members Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson were offered up the inevitable question: “How gay is the film?

Amidst some laughter from the crowds, Waititi gestured towards Portman to respond. The actress (who plays Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, throughout the franchise) raised the microphone to her lips and thought for a moment, before delivering a quiet yet fateful: “So gay!

Barely a moment had passed before the gathered fans went wild and Taika Waititi gave his own verdict: “Super gay!”. Tessa Thompson made no statement on the ‘gayness’ of the film, instead opting to swing her microphone around suggestively. As more cheers erupted, a second round of “super gay” slipped out of Waititi’s mouth, before he urged the fans to enjoy the film.

Thor: Love and Thunder’s LGBTQ+ Potential

Thor’s movie-goers were definitely hyped up for a gay extravaganza and they had a specific character in mind. The fan-favorite Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, stumbled her way into the MCU during Thor’s third film, Ragnarok. The Asgardian warrior won many people over with her wit, sarcasm, and pure badassery.

After the events of Avengers: Endgame *spoilers*, Thor Odinson gives up his claim to the throne of Asgard and names Valkyrie as king in his stead. This left many fans excited to see what would become of the character, especially after certain revelations were made at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con:

“As a new king, she has to find her queen. So that’ll be her first order of business.”

With these words, Tessa Thompson threw her LGBTQ+ fans into a frenzy, with heavy expectations for the then-upcoming fourth installment of the Thor films. Indeed, in an interview with the LA Times, shortly before the film's release, Tessa Thompson was asked to comment on the sexuality of her character. She responded with several promising remarks, including “there’s a lot of folks that are righteously very hungry for that representation to exist in these movies, as am I”.

*Warning: spoilers ahead!*

So, How Gay Was Thor 4?

To put it simply: not gay at all. Not only did Valkyrie end up without a fabulous new queen, her non-heteronormative sexuality only got the barest mention (a brief line about a previous, now dead, girlfriend). Valkyrie may have made bedroom eyes at some pretty ladies before an action scene spoils the moment, but that’s about as much as we get.

The film does get some credit for introducing a trans character in a minor yet significant role. Thor returns to his people (after a brief stint as a Guardian of the Galaxy) only to find out that the daughter of one of his closest (and deceased) friends is now a boy. The issue is, whether due to personal prejudice or some alien inability to grasp the concept of being transgender, it does take Thor a frustrating few moments to come to terms with the change. And to stop deadnaming.

In fact, the only concession to the queer community was Taika Waititi’s extraterrestrial character Korg finding a husband in one of the closing scenes. This heartfelt moment was somewhat underscored by the revelation that Korg’s entire species is male, meaning he had no other choice but to be ‘gay’.

This Is Not Marvel’s First Queerbaiting Attempt

Close up of an eye reflecting an unknown scene as a rainbow crosses the image.

Photo by Harry Q.

This is, by far, not the first time that LGBTQ+ fans have been sorely disappointed by the workings of Marvel and Disney. In fact, people across many social media platforms have been chiding expectant viewers for once again falling for classic queerbaiting tactics. “Being queerbaited by the MCU is like being a golden retriever with a human who always pretends to throw the ball”, one Tumblr user declared.

Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, was the perfect moment for the MCU to introduce its first lesbian lead. Larson’s character seemed to have an intense relationship with another woman, going so far as to help raise her child (before Larson’s Carol Danvers disappeared from Earth for 6 years). Despite leaning into several romantic tropes, the status of their relationship was never fully fleshed out. However, it was also the franchise’s first female-led superhero movie, so maybe they thought that introducing her as a lesbian would make the film too awesome.

The heavily anticipated Avengers: Endgame was also slated to introduce the MCU’s ‘first gay character'. While many fans were excited, particularly as this would be the second of Larson’s appearances on screen, the big gay build-up was a massive letdown. The film’s director Joe Russo made a cameo as a blip survivor mourning the loss of his husband. A five-second throw-away scene that had no impact on the outcome of the film. Big whoop...

Even when we did see a film with a gay lead, The Eternals, there were also ten other straight leads. At that point, it just seemed more like basic probability than an attempt at pushing LGBT+ superheroes into the spotlight.

Why Can’t Disney Let Marvel Be Gay?

The big problem with allowing a few characters to be anything other than cishet is that there are still many countries in the world that outlaw homosexuality. As much as we like to think that the MCU is being made for comic book fans, we all know the purpose of the films is to make money for Disney. And without certain markets in Asia and the Middle East, Disney wouldn’t be raking in up to (and over) one billion dollars per theatrical release.

Is There Any Hope For LGBTQ+ Fans In The MCU’s Future?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the second in the much-loved Black Panther arc, will be released in cinemas this November. The studio has confirmed that the film will contain a queer character. Actress Michaela Coel will play Aneka, a warrior, and trainer of the king’s guard. Whether or not her diversity will stand out in the film (let alone endure for more than a 10-second scene that can be easily cut) remains to be seen.


Next year’s The Marvels film, starring Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Lashana Lynch may offer the MCU a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of its LGBT+ fans. The studios may feel it’s finally time to offer us the heartwarming lesbian relationship between Larson’s Carol Danvers and Lynch’s Maria Rambeau that seemed to be teased in the first Captain Marvel. Don’t raise your hopes too high, though, as you may yet end up as a stubborn golden retriever waiting for a cinematic universe to finally throw that rainbow ball.