In celebration of National Coming Out Day, the first-ever edition of OutMusik Festival is set to take place Oct. 11 featuring a list of performers that includes Vanessa Zamora, Georgel, Javiera Mena, Zemmoa, Mabiland and Christian Chavez, among others.
The virtual festival will feature artists who are part of the LGBTQ+ community and allies who will be sending motivational messages to the community. Georgel, Raymix and Esteman will serve as hosts of the first OutMusik Fest.
“I didn’t grow up with openly and well represented LGBTQ+ icons to identify with in mainstream media, which a lot of times led me to feel like I didn’t exist or this life wasn’t worth living,” Georgel tells Billboard. “OutMusik represents an evolved world as I perceive it, a platform where LGBTQ+ artists express their truth through performance and audiences feel represented.”
“Music is a powerful medium to tell stories and send messages that tell our reality,” adds Esteman. “The more visible our stories, we won’t have to put labels and instead celebrate who we are.”
The festival will be streamed on the website OutMusik.Com, which will remain post-festival and will serve as a resource center for the LGBTQ+ community. Access to the live stream will be free but viewers will have the option of donating. Proceeds will go toward to organizations It Gets Better and The Trevor Project.