There’s just some songs that make you want to shout and dance and that make you feel proud to be queer.
It’s got the desperate earnestness of a confession, the tenderness of sharing a secret with your best friend and the raw emotion and heart of a bridesmaid’s speech, graduation speech and eulogy put together.
No one knows how this happened, but the first time you came out to someone between 1990 and 2005, there was a person waiting just outside of the conversation ready to hand you a set of headphones playing Ani DiFranco.
Is there a German word for happy songs that feel like a wrecking ball to your serotonin levels?
“They are the two cutest people on the entire planet and I want tattoos like theirs.”
“I was nineteen when The Con came out, and boy did I ever feel her in my heart.”
“Chester Bennington’s anger was so present and so empathic. It told me it was okay that I had it too— that I wasn’t alone, that my feelings were normal. It replaced my fear, and it helped me survive.”
“Vibes. It’s all about the energy I share, the energy we share with one another. Whether in public or in private, in romance or otherwise. I think about the deepest times in my life and how I dealt with them through music with a bounce, catchy melodies and poetic sentiments.”
Shraya’s lyrics tease apart the ways in which trans girls’ emotional lives are drawings rendered in chiaroscuro, the play of light and shadow: The power and relief of discovering one’s identity in private intertwined with the pain of objectification and sexual violence.
“Soft butches everywhere? I don’t know what your heaven looks like, but this is mine.”
My favorite Carly Rae Jepsen song is “Your Type” — maybe because it’s so easy to read a trans girl subtext into the lyrics.
This song is quietly ruining my life.
I will not celebrate a country in which 11 of the 14 trans people of color murdered this year have been black women. I will not celebrate a country currently run by fascists and white supremacists. I will not eat your bland potato salad. I will not celebrate a country that does not celebrate me.
Beyoncé’s husband released a new album, but what I’m excited about is the track titled “Smile” where his mother, Gloria Carter, comes out as a lesbian.
A playlist because I don’t know, I just like fruit. For each fruit, I picked up to 3 song(s) fitting some criteria, and here we are.
While not every episode is a musical one, many episodes do incorporate the characters singing songs and it’s never a waste of the show’s time. Instead, the music reveals things about the relationships, thoughts and feelings of the characters and gives listeners a brilliant new way to think about the things the show is talking about.
Loamlands’ new video is a powerful ode to Durham, NC’s troubled history with queer rights.
“Black girl magic is ancient as fuck.”
Visually, it exists somewhere between a late-90s Smashing Pumpkins video and the Great British Bake-Off on hallucinogens.
Mary Lambert, Halsey and Lauren Jauregui, Hailee Steinfeld and Carly Rae Jepsen all gave us new queer or queer-ish songs this week, and it’s up to you to make at least one of them the song of the summer.