The thirty days of summer are a meagre window of opportunity to honour the LGBTQ+ community. Pride is much more than just a month of festivities and parades. It should be celebrated throughout the year and in life itself.
While we'd never turn down an opportunity to honour everything that Pride represents, we also think that any time is a great occasion to turn on LGBTQ music and fly the rainbow flag. For this reason, we've put up a playlist of songs perfect for the occasion.
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
This banger by Lady Gaga, a longtime LGBTQ+ superstar who is bisexual herself, is a must-have on every playlist. "I'm on the right course, sweetie / I was created to survive," it asserts, "no matter gay, straight, or bi / Lesbian, transgender life." Gaga's non-profit foundation, the Born This Way Foundation, was inspired by the song (and album).
Vogue by Madonna
Madonna's Vogue inspired by the Harlem ballroom culture in the late 1980s is an iconic classic that catapulted the vogue-ing tradition into mainstream pop. The song praises finding escape on the dance floor with its addictive house and disco-influenced groove.
Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko
In 2015, Hayley Kiyoko's single 'Girls Like Girls' launched her career as an up-and-coming singer, garnering her the label 'Lesbian Jesus.' With lyrics like 'Girls like girls / Like boys do / Nothing new,' the song is a delightful lesbian hymn, to say nothing of its adorable music video.
Girls / Girls / Boys by Panic! At The Disco
The Disco celebrates bisexuality and polyamory in this catchy 2013 track, Girls love girls and boys / And love is not a choice,' by Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendan Urie. The singer came out as pansexual in 2018 and has long advocated for LGBTQ+ rights.
Freedom! 90 by George Michael
Soon before coming out as gay in 1998, George Michael released Freedom! '90', is a song about his struggles with his personal identity. This classic song, with lyrics like 'There's something deep inside of me / There's someone else I've got to be,' endures as a powerful ode to embracing your true self.
True Colors by Cyndi Lauper
This timeless pop ballad is more than just a Grammy winner; it's also a tender, inspiring anthem with a special meaning in the LGBTQ+ community, which Lauper has long advocated for. 'I see your true colours / And that's why I love you. So don't be afraid to show your true colours / Your true colours are as beautiful as a rainbow.' says the singer.
I'm Coming Out by Diana Ross
After seeing many drag queens costumed as Diana Ross at a New York gay club, Nile Rodgers of Chic was apparently inspired to write this funky 1980 dance single for her. Since then, the song has become a powerful and triumphant anthem for LGBTQ+ people coming out.