Happy Pride Month! It is officially June and that means it is time to celebrate everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. Not that you shouldn’t celebrate them every day of the year, but this month really raises awareness for the community and brings everyone together. Many people come out during this time, so be there to support them.
So whether you are a part of the community or an ally, there are many reasons to celebrate. We have compiled a list of songs that you can add to your pride month playlist.
They may be older songs, but there are still classics. Read on to find out which 5 songs we think you should definitely have on it.
“You Need To Calm Down” by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, especially in recent years. A lot of her lyrics reflect that. “You Need To Calm Down” was an anthem for the community and the video featured many LGBTQ+ celebrities and the lyrics support the community. “Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD? (You could be GLAAD). Sunshine on the street at the parade But you would rather be in the dark ages Makin’ that sign must’ve taken all night” is an example of one lyric.
“I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry
2008 was when Katy Perry emerged on the scene. “I Kissed A Girl” broke boundaries in music. Was Perry coming out at bi-sexual? Was she coming out as gay? No one really knew. It was controversial at the time because Perry was raised in a very strict household and her father was a minister. However, over the years the song has become an anthem for bi-sexuality. So grab your cherry Chapstick and dance your heart out to this song.
“Born This Way” by Lady GaGa
Mama Monster is the queen of the LGBTQ+ community. Many of her fans are gay and she embraces that. She made “Born This Way” for not only the gay community but also for anyone who needs to love themself more, no matter what you look like, how you identify, etc. The song became number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and has been a gay anthem for years now.
“Firework” by Katy Perry
While many people play this song for the Fourth of July, the song also had a deeper meaning. The lyrics, “Baby, you’re a firework. Come on, let your colors burst” can refer to the rainbow flag, which is a symbol of the gay community. The video features people of the same-sex kissing and Perry has said that the song is about revealing your true self to the world instead of keeping it a secret. It is for anyone who feels like they need to express who they are.
“I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross
This may be an older song, but it is a classic. Although Ross is not gay, it was a song she made for her gay fans. It was morse code for those who identified as gay or weren’t exactly brave enough to come out of the closet yet. This song was to be their coming out anthem. It was her coming out song in a way because it was her last album for Motown and was coming out from under the shadow of its owner.
There are so many more songs we could add, but for now, dance to these classics. Happy Pride Month. Love is Love is Love.
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