Women traditionally dominate the queer rock and folk music genres. Many of them are also able to reach beyond a gay audience. The most successful gay male musicians tend to stick to pop and dance music.
But a generation of gay male folk and rock artists is emerging with break-out potential from their core gay fan base. Eric Himan is one of the best, gaining fans at festivals and coffee houses around the country.
Himan touches listeners with heartfelt melodies and earnest lyrics. Mainstream chart success might not be on the immediate horizon, but his talent is steadily attracting a diverse group of fans.