The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 include Radiohead, Kate Bush, Judas Priest, Eurythmics, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and Nina Simone. For those keeping score, Kate Bush is a gay icon, Judas Priest has a gay lead singer (Rob Halford), and everyone else is just generally great. Other nominees include Rage Against the Machine, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, the Cars, Dire Straits, and LL Cool J.
The most-voted nominees will be announced in December and inducted on April 14th at a ceremony in Cleveland, which — in case you’ve forgotten — is one of the, like, two reasons you should ever visit Cleveland. (The other is if your flight lands there.)
All of these nominees had their first single or album released before 1992, but only some of them are appearing on this list for the first time. The J. Geils Band has appeared five times, while LL Cool J has appeared three times and Bon Jovi and Depeche Mode have appeared twice.
If you feel passionate about any of these nominees, or if you want a way to fight Trump that involves cool music and not boring political letters, then you can vote on your favorite queer-friendly nominees from now until December 5th. Don’t let the terrorists win. Vote for Kate Bush.