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Homo hop is a genre of hip hop music performed by LGBT artists and performers. It has been described as "a global movement of gay hip-hop MCs and fans determined to stake their claim in a genre too often associated with homophobia and anti-gay lyrics."

Notable events in the history of homo hop include the PeaceOUT World Homo Hop Festival which was founded in 2001 and mounted for several years on the West and East coasts, and the 2006 documentary film Pick Up the Mic.

Examples of such songs include "BEN" by Adair Lion and "Animal Style" by Murs.

Frank Ocean of Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future has recently "came out" as bisexual.

Homophobia in dancehall music

Dancehall music has come under criticism from Jamaican and international organizations and Jamaican journalists, like Ian Boyne, for homophobic lyrics. Such lyrics have been described by J-FLAG, a Jamaican gay rights organization, as one aspect of "widespread Jamaican cultural bias against homosexuals and bisexuals". A report by the human rights organization Human Rights Watch points to the widespread existence of homophobia in Jamaica.

In some rare cases, dancehall artists whose music features homophobic lyrics have had their concerts canceled. Various singers have had international travel restrictions placed on them, and have been investigated by international law enforcement agencies such as Scotland Yard on the grounds that the lyrics incite the audience to assault homosexuals. In 2003, the British LGBT rights group OutRage! called for the arrest of Elephant Man for allegedly inciting the killing of gay men in his song lyrics. He was not arrested. Many of the affected singers believe that such legal or commercial sanctions are essentially an attack against freedom of speech.

Some artists eventually agreed not to use offensive lyrics during their concerts in Europe and the US. These kind of lyrics are virtually non-existent in female dancehall artists' output.

Critics of the LGBT-movement claim that attempts to suppress such lyrics in Afro-Caribbean music represents European cultural imperialism, and are disrespectful to the traditions and religion of the region. They argue that homosexuality is almost universally reviled except in a few relatively small but wealthy countries, and that Jamaica, a relatively poorer and smaller country, is an easy target in an attempt to spread pro-homosexual propaganda.

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