Playlist: June 2023
For Love. For Pride.
This month’s playlist is inspired by Pride.
Telling myself not to get maudlin over Pride has become an annual event.
When I was fifteen, a gay man was beaten to death in the park opposite my school, and the thing I remember about that the most is that people talked about it like it was inevitable. Inevitable that someone should feel so incensed by the existence of gay men that they felt justified in killing them.
We can tell ourselves we’ve come a long way, and I guess we have in a lot of ways, but there are still people all over the world who believe queer people don’t deserve to live. In 2023, there are still people who show themselves up as the worst of humanity. It makes me sad, and it makes me sick.
There is nothing as brave and beautiful as queer people celebrating their existence in the face of the hatred still being slung at them. If you’re reading, I’m so fucking proud of you.
I’m not getting into the people I lost during the AIDS crisis because it was one of the worst times of my life and I’m not ready to put it out there. After thirty years, I’m still not ready.
This is the reason I waited until July to post this here. The playlist has been live on Spotify since June 1st, but I knew this post would get dark, and I didn’t want to spoil the vibe of the music.
It is truly a celebration of the lives we all should have been allowed to have, and a hope that the world will become a safer place for the generations of queer kids to come because they deserve better.
Make sure they get it, eh?
Dance The Night – Dua Lipa
Rain On Me – Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande
Gimme More – Britney Spears
MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Raise Your Glass – P!nk
Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Girls Like Girls – Hayley Kiyoko
Strangers – Halsey, Lauren Jauregui
She Keeps Me Warm – Mary Lambert
The Antidote – St. Vincent
She Likes Girls – Metro Station
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Y.M.C.A. – Village People
I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
Going Back to My Roots – Odyssey
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Dancing Queen – ABBA
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, P!nk
Firework – Katy Perry
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Young Love – Eli Lieb
Too Good At Goodbyes – Sam Smith, Galantis
Be Alright – Ariana Grande
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
What the Hell – Avril Lavigne
Let There Be Love – Christina Aguilera
Rhythm Is A Dancer – Breathe Carolina, Dropgun, Kaleena Zanders
Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
Side To Side – Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
About Damn Time – Lizzo
Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry, Skip Marley
Never Be the Same – Camila Cabello
People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson
Rise – Jonas Blue, Jack & Jack
Levitating – Dua Lipa
My My My! – Troye Sivan
Wings – Little Mix
Good as Hell – Lizzo, Ariana Grande
After the Afterparty – Charli XCX, Lil Yachty
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
Good Ones – Charli XCX
Euphoria – Loreen
Cut To The Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen
I’m Good (Blue) – David Guetta, Bebe Rexha