Gentle Reader, as you’ll recall, I post a few of my favorite explicitly LGBTQIA songs each year during Pride. Sometimes they’re throwbacks to an earlier time, sometimes they’re new releases; they’re always clearly queer. You can check out previous installments here and here. Strap in, and get ready to listen to this year’s fabulous selections.
I Love My Fruit by The Sweet Violet Boys
We start with a song first performed back in 1939, by the campy incarnation of a band otherwise known as the Prairie Ramblers. While couched in thinly veiled innuendo, there is absolutely no doubt what these fellas are singing about.
Good Guys by Mika
Openly bisexual pop sensation Mika has been around for a while, but this song is new. It strongly speaks to me – with the proliferation of the phrase “no femmes” in the community, the flamboyance that was once celebrated has gone underground.
True Trans Soul Rebel by Against Me!
I was really surprised by the song. The language is a little dated, so be warned, but this song is starkly powerful and full of passion. This is from the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which I’ve just discovered and am thoroughly enjoying.
LGBT by Lowell
Um, the title says it all, really. I particularly dig the line “They never choose who they like, so they like me dead.”
Queen by Perfume Genius
I just really enjoy everything about this. It’s gritty, it’s glittery, it’s real. The video is amazing, and the song is sultry. Go. Listen.
And those are my top LGBTQIA songs for this year, Gentle Reader. Happy Pride!