Zolita: The Rising Queer Icon You Need to Know

  • Published: 06 July 2018
  • Some argue that the whole concept of coming out in 2018 is moot, but the reality is that it still happens everyday, whether you intentionally seek out to do it or not. Although there is still much room for improvement, visibility for the gay community has undoubtedly been growing. Openly queer artists such as Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko – who has been dubbed as Lesbian Jesus by her intensely loyal legion of fans – are now regarded alongside some of today’s most revered pop icons. It’s not just starting an open dialogue on the topic of LGBTQ+ presence that is important, though – these artists are actively normalizing what it means to be gay. Thanks to these loud and proud artists, a music video that shows two young women in love can garner over 93 million views on YouTube.

    Making her own mark in this significant movement is Zolita. Real name Zoë Hoetzel, the LA-based artist (who was previously based in NYC) has become a powerful voice for not only queer music, but independent music in general. As a singer-songwriter who creates and releases music without the support – or more importantly, the influence – of a record label, Zolita’s music is completely unfiltered and is confidently her own. First blowing up (pun unintended) the Internet with her first single, “Explosion,” you would be hard-pressed to find a listener, gay or straight, who was not able to relate to the heartbreakingly honest lyrics. As an homage to her very real experience of falling in love with her best friend, only to find that that love is unrequited, the Internet’s response to the song was overwhelming. Recognizing the potential that her music has on an audience, the singer has become committed to telling stories for women who love other women. When asked whether she thinks the term “queer music” pigeonholes her into a genre, she responds, “I definitely don’t find it restrictive. I think it’s necessary right now…Queer people are still a minority and we still don’t have all the rights that we need. Music is a universal language. You can’t deny if something is making you feel some type of way. So I think anyone can relate to my music, whether you’re gay or straight.”

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Comments • 43

  • ZhuPrincess
    ZhuPrincess  10 months back

    Zolita is my main idol, I look up to her all the time!!! My girlfriend and I love her so much!!!

    • Marianne B
      Marianne B  11 months back

      At the time of me hardcore questioning, I was listening to Hayley Kiyoko and especially Zolita. Those two helped me realize my sexuality in the best way because I was always told that if you're gay, you tend to be more guyish. It was such a relief to find out that there is femme gay girls like me, and that I'm not alone.

      • SearchIndex
        SearchIndex  1 years back

        love her music ...love is love

        • Bân Tully
          Bân Tully  1 years back

          Thank you <3

          • tokyorockstar
            tokyorockstar  1 years back

            Zolita you are an icon.

            • DarthYuYevon
              DarthYuYevon  1 years back

              This is great. I hope women like her inspire all of the non-hetero girls and women to come out of the closet and leave us men alone. We're tired of dealing with women who pretend to be straight when really they are lesbians, or bisexual, or biromantic, or pseudo-hetero. Stick with other women, it makes it easier for us to find the hetero women who actually desire us.

              • DarthYuYevon
                DarthYuYevon  1 years back

                @amu. jpeg But is it really?

              • amu. jpeg
                amu. jpeg  1 years back

                +DarthYuYevon i mean, i see where you're coming from but that's a pretty huge generalisation.

              • DarthYuYevon
                DarthYuYevon  1 years back


              • Domestic Suga
                Domestic Suga  1 years back

                @DarthYuYevon Being bisexual means being EQUALY attracted to both genders. So no. I am not an exception to no rule.

              • DarthYuYevon
                DarthYuYevon  1 years back

                Hi Domestic Suga. The fact that you're so angry tells me that I may be right, and that you are exactly as I described, a bisexual woman who is more into women than men. I could be wrong, but you really have no reason then to get mad at an idea. Also, my favorite type of women are strong, spunky women, even ones like you who are so bitter at my comment. Every girlfriend that I've ever had were strong intelligent women. My wife is the strongest of them all. It makes for great sex, great communication, real passion for life, great debates, etc. Maybe your the exception to the rule, but most Bi-women are way more romantically into other women than men.
                Thanks for your response Domestic Suga.

            • Miin Zolita
              Miin Zolita  1 years back

              I love her so much! :)

              • ashley nicole oxo
                ashley nicole oxo  1 years back

                She's my crush 💕

                • Aella Lee
                  Aella Lee  1 years back

                  Definitely accessable music for anyone. I'm straight, I adore Zolita's music and the videos are done so beautifully.

                  • The Jami Show
                    The Jami Show  1 years back

                    Zolita and Hayley Kiyoko gave seriously brought me so fucking far in the last year. I’m so much closer to myself and with my family more than I ever have been.

                    • mademeblush14
                      mademeblush14  1 years back

                      I love this♥♥ So good, you're amazing Zolita!💖

                      • ダーモと恋 をする

                        I LOVE YOUUUU ❤🌈

                        • Mindy Birnie
                          Mindy Birnie  1 years back

                          I love zolita!!

                          • hollyonkazoo
                            hollyonkazoo  1 years back

                            i love zoë so much

                            • ernie scairee
                              ernie scairee  1 years back

                              beautiful I got chills

                              • apoorva
                                apoorva  1 years back

                                i'd support her through anything i love her!

                                • Denia Estrada
                                  Denia Estrada  1 years back

                                  I'm struggling with my sexuality and I really don't know if I want to label myself because I really don't know myself rn. I hope I'm not the only one.

                                  • Denia Estrada
                                    Denia Estrada  1 years back

                                    tokyorockstar thank you! And yes I'll just live life. Have an amazing day! :)

                                  • tokyorockstar
                                    tokyorockstar  1 years back

                                    Denia Estrada don’t label yourself if you don’t want to. You have every right to remain who you are, label-less, until you fall for the one and you will eventually know :)

                                • Denia Estrada
                                  Denia Estrada  1 years back

                                  We love youuuuuu. And Amma cryyyy nowww

                                  • Camden Saffell
                                    Camden Saffell  1 years back

                                    She’s so underrated i love her

                                    • Aleyna Çetin
                                      Aleyna Çetin  1 years back

                                      • hanna
                                        hanna  1 years back

                                        zolita is awesome 'n i adore her music ♥

                                        • Skylar Thesmiler
                                          Skylar Thesmiler  1 years back

                                          I feel like I’m not accepted anywhere. Like people will pretend to like me, to be my friend, but then they just leave me and I don’t know why. Whether it be online or in person I just can’t seem to find anyone who wants to be my friend. Even my cousin doesn’t talk to me or hang out with me anymore; she has a new boyfriend who takes up all her time, attention, and priority while I’m left begging people on the internet to be my friend. Trust me I know how lame I sound and you must think there’s something wrong with me, which there obviously is, anyways I just wanted to say that your music always makes me feel better.

                                          • That Rad Guy
                                            That Rad Guy  1 years back

                                            Skylar Thesmiler I don't think that's lame at all. Maybe you just need to find where people with the same interests or goals as you hang out and go to those spaces. Sometimes it can be hard to find people that get you or accept you but it will happen eventually and then you'll soar like an eagle above all the bitchy nasty people 👌👌

                                          • That Rad Guy
                                            That Rad Guy  1 years back

                                            Skylar Thesmiler I don't think that's lame at all. Maybe you just need to find where people with the same interests or goals as you hang out and go to those spaces. Sometimes it can be hard to find people that get you or accept you but it will happen eventually and then you'll soar like an eagle above all the bitchy nasty people 👌👌

                                          • Sarah Apple
                                            Sarah Apple  1 years back

                                            Skylar Thesmiler Your comment really touched me. I relate to it a lot. I have no idea how old you are or what your home situation is like, but trust me that you are magically beautiful and your lack of friends is not a reflection of you. I know that probably doesn’t make you feel better but I have learned to embrace being alone. There is joy in solitude. Your cousin is on her own journey and people are always going to disappoint you. But trust that you have all you need within you to be happy. Take yourself on dates. Go to dinner alone. Court yourself. Daydream and read and meditate. Your own mind is a palace and if you just settle in you will find a real richness that is very satisfying. I’m sending you good thoughts. You seem like a caring, sensitive person and I just wanted you to know there was at least one person who noticed how you were feeling and that it mattered. 💕

                                        • Anabella Puntano
                                          Anabella Puntano  1 years back

                                          My baby 💜

                                          • blodbranddod
                                            blodbranddod  1 years back

                                            We love you 💞🌈

                                            • Marie amelie Forrer
                                              Marie amelie Forrer  1 years back

                                              Zolita is so cute, love her

                                              • Camarada Games KGS
                                                Camarada Games KGS  1 years back

                                                The best singer ever.....

                                                • Gabrielle Machado
                                                  Gabrielle Machado  1 years back

                                                  SLAY QUEEN ❤️🇧🇷

                                                  • Samantharozz ;
                                                    Samantharozz ;  1 years back

                                                    We love you zoë!!!!

                                                    • Cherry Pie
                                                      Cherry Pie  1 years back

                                                      MY QUEEN👑❤