Monday, June 11, 2012

10 Songs for Pride Month

You've probably heard that last year June was declared LGBT Pride Month by President Obama.  In many ways, Obama has been a heartbreaking disappointment.  He's certainly a far cry from the civil rights warrior we elected.  But in all fairness, by throwing out DADT and voicing interest in repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, he's done more for gay rights than any president in American history.  Last month, after three years of ambiguous silence on the issue, he publicly declared that he supports the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples.  A lot could be said about how long it took him to break the silence.  It could be argued (quite reasonably) that all he's doing is being a typical politician and paying lip service to an important voting bloc while he's up for reelection.  However, the fact remains that the man holding the highest governmental office in the free world has come out in favor of gay marriage, the movement's greatest endorsement to date.  We might have a long way to go, but we've gained considerable ground in the last two decades.

On that note, I'll present you with my (partially plagiarized) playlist for the month.  Enjoy, and stay proud.

Lou's timeless ode to NYC's working-class drag queens.

Now something means boy
And something means girl
They both look the same
They're overjoyed in this world

Years of gender-based ridicule turn a guy into a badass.  Many people don't realize that this song was co-written by Shel Silverstein.

The Kinks - Lola
The greatest ballad ever written about a drag queen.  Anyone who tells you it was ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' is probably too dumb for help.

Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls 
I'm including this one because it concerns three things that are close to my heart: the gay community, rock & roll, and women with big asses.

Got your mother in a whirl
She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl

Death in June - Little Black Angel
One of the most influential (and controversial) artists in the neo-folk scene, Douglas Pearce has also been out for the last three decades.

No explanation necessary.

Reworking of the Clash's cover of the Crickets song, written in memory of Harvey Milk.

Judas Priest - You Got Another Thing Comin'
A friend of mine once waited in line for two hours to get Rob Halford's autograph.  She knew she only had a few seconds to say something he'd remember.  After he handed her back her album she said, "You're the reason I came out of the closet."  He grinned ear to ear, stuck out his tongue, and threw up his devil horns.

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