This summer I want to kiss girls. Girls sticky with lipgloss, girls purple with lipstain, girls sweet with cherry chapstick. I dream about kissing girls in my car (front or back seat). I dream about kissing them in the shade or in the sun. We are always a little bit sweaty and smelling like grass. We are always kissing to music.
It’s a great time to be queer and/or trans music fan! There was SO MUCH incredible music to cover this month.
A selection of emotionally devastating songs I live in fear of having to emotionally process in public without warning at CVS.
We’ve got a good mix of tunes here this month: some hip-hop and EDM if you’re ready to bounce off that winter chill, some intense vibes and chill folk if you still want to hibernate for a bit — and of course a bunch in between.
Milwaukee based REYNA (Victoriah and Hannah Gabriela Banuelos) has some perfectly crafted queer pop you’ll love, and they’re gearing up for their biggest year yet.
I’m ready to kiss the last hours of the longest 28 days on record away with a f*cking party and a playlist full of bangers!
Nobody plays a piano on a stage like Lady Gaga plays a piano on a stage!
Here’s a bunch of rapid-fire reviews to cover albums, songs, and EPs that may have escaped your notice in 2018.
This month, we have some new queer indie love songs! Too late for your V-Day playlists, but still always welcome.
Sometimes the hardest part of being a person with a body is admitting how hard it is in the first place. So it goes in the newest single from Mal Blum, rock musician, friend of Autostraddle/A-Camp, and all around cool human.
Plus a moving tribute to Dolly Parton performed, of course, by Dolly Parton.
This month, there are some wintry tracks for relaxing and looking out the window at a rainy day, as well as some upbeat stuff for breaking out of the doldrums. And a bunch of stuff in between.
This Lena Waithe produced music video features queer (and straight) couples of all races, genders, and presentations allllll tangled up in each other.
Wafia and I chatted about being brown, queer, Muslim, and how those things influence her as an artist.
“Honestly, it’s for younger me who really needed to know that you could be queer and loved by God at the same time.”
Holly jolly, Dearest.
“I never could explain why my heart pounded when her soft hands reached out for mine. Why it felt like I was the only girl in the world, singing with her at the top of my lungs. The way my eyes would nervously glance down at her chest in that purple lace bra and white tank top. Until I could.”
Once you start going to karaoke every week, you can process your emotions in real-time via song just like a character in a movie musical.
Listening to the same song on a ceaseless loop is intensely satisfying.
The first musician or song that you felt in your heart and brain was gay was a big moment for many of us — here are the gay songs we first knew and loved.