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Playlist: June 2023

Pride flags and people silhouettes at sunset

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?

Happy listening!

Pride flags and silhouettes at sunset

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

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