Asked once why he waited until to come out, Neil Tennant replied that he was wary of being typecast as "gay pop star Neil Tennant". One can appreciate his concern. I don't buy the Boy George line that a gay musician's responsibility to be honest overrules their artistic right to ambiguity. Pop thrives on mystery and speculation. When that goes, the meaning of a song can become pinned like a butterfly, where before it was fluttering and elusive.
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25 Essential Gay Pride Songs: Rolling Stone Editor Picks - Rolling Stone
Because sometimes you need songs that aren't about hetero love. It's a playlist of mostly queer, gay, or bi people singing songs about love — same-sex love, in particular. Because sometimes you need a love song that can capture your experience more accurately. And if you don't get super nostalgic about your first love while listening to this song, I don't want to know you.
25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs
Forty years ago, Rod Stewart released The Killing of Georgie, a groundbreaking single about the murder of a gay man — now tragically relevant again in the light of events in Orlando. But five years later, he spun a story about something far more serious and forward-thinking. Forty years ago this Saturday 18 June , Stewart released The Killing of Georgie Parts I and II, the first major pop song to tell the tale of a gay man who died, in part, because of his sexual identity.
While most official Pride parades have been canceled across the globe, alternative celebrations are more than alive and well this year—despite the lack of rainbow corporate pop-up tents. For many, Pride has marked a special remembrance of the radical history of the Stonewall riots, and how we came to celebrate their anniversary as a turning point in the queer liberation movement. This month has always been, and will always be, about rebellion, resilience, and, even in the face of adversity, the pride to be who you are. And sometimes, one of the best ways to embody this subversive spirit is through the boundless connector of music. From the classics to new school and the ally-friendly here is a Pride playlist that is sure to get you grooving however you choose to celebrate.