The idea of a queer musical superstar is now fully accepted. And pop stars have even proclaimed their pansexuality. But all of their tireless efforts matter.
Dan Haseltine, the lead singer of popular Christian band Jars of Clay, took to Twitter recently to voice his support for marriage equality. Not only that, but Haseltine engaged with his followers in a discussion about the Biblical interpretation of marriage and he noted that he's unable to understand conservatives who use scripture to deny same-sex couples equal rights. The exchange started like this:.
In the week since Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirementthe future of Roe v. The prospect of a more conservative justice, though, has L.
In the s, when AIDS wiped out tens of thousands of those celebrants, the song took on new layers of resonance. Today "I Will Survive" carries all of that baggage, and lifts it up along with the spirits of anyone who hears its message. Think again.
Or she never did, or whatever it is. I only felt emotion, never what people call the spirit. Dan Reynolds did everything right.
Walking through Beirut with the band on a warm afternoon, it feels like everyone is staring. They met in at the nearby American University of Beirut, a leafy hillside campus tumbling down towards the glittering Mediterranean. Yet their early songs, such as Shim El Yasmine Smell the Jasminea tender ballad about abandoning a gay lover for a prescribed marriage, and the Balkan jazz-style hoedown of Raksit Leilashot them to unexpected stardom.
Or, much more simply: Which songs best evoke the sex, drama, heartache, struggle, liberation and mindfucks of queer lives then and now? What follows is not a comprehensive or ranked list, but one that bridges the gap between post-Stonewall disco parties and gender-queer millennial rock of today. While some classics do appear on our list, others do not — sorry, Gloria Gaynor, Kylie Minogue, RuPaul, Britney and Cher, we still adore you — here are 25 essential pride songs from the s to today.