I can’t help but wonder: What is each dyke stereotype of your past listening to during COVID lockdowns?
“I have seasonal affective disorder which is what I call my year round depression when it’s winter. So, sure, Tidal is always one of my go-to sad girl albums, but it just feels so right this time of year!”
“I can’t help but think, with the election so fresh on my mind, how black women are tasked with saving everyone including ourselves. What an emotional toll that takes. Like we literally are just boosting everyone up over our shoulders and no one turns around to extend a hand. For me, music has always been a healing space, so I deeply appreciate music like this that speaks to healing on that deep level.”
“Every single verse of this is like getting clocked in the side of the head with a Yankee candle.”
(Now including new, fresh rankings from “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”!)
Band t-shirts are a way of both presenting and defining acceptable enthusiasms, and the baseline for what kind of enthusiasm is permitted is always socially established by straight men.
I’m not trying to win you over to my interpretation of the lyrics of any of these songs; but I am inviting you to explore the world within each of them. Looking at songs we love through a trans lens can teach us new things about our gender.
Music has always been there to save me but this time, thanks to Ari, I’m more grateful for it than ever.
The 2010s was an incredibly gay decade in music. Queer and trans musicians gained more visibility and success than ever before over the last 10 years! Here are the best 50 albums of the decade, according to me.
Valentine’s Day is coming up in only two months! This is my holiday gift to those of you who struggle with gifts: make her a Spotify playlist! And guess what, I’ve already done most of the work for you.
I don’t want to put any songs on my breakup playlist that any of my exes have used, or are using, to woo their new girlfriends.
How to use music to make your activist action 100% better! Plus some tips you maybe definitely haven’t thought of!
Bad Reputation reminds us that people with a knack for keeping their cool during trying times aren’t apathetic. Sometimes, they’re exactly what we — and our headphones — need.
“Over the last year and a half, I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it’s on the front burner. Now it’s time to become a whole person.”
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.
“Black girl magic is ancient as fuck.”
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.
In honor of MM, I’ve put together this playlist for you. And lemme tell ya, it was exciting — so exciting that I had to close the blinds and burn some incense and imagine Sadé serenading a clone of Sadé in a bathtub filled with rose petals and surrounded by 100 tea lights.
In this newest video, Kiyoko takes center stage as the queer protagonist of her video and her song, singing about the difficult feelings of a queer woman who develops feelings for a friend.
Black queer artists have been killing the game forever. Check out what they were doing in the early 20th century.
Every song on this playlist is a little push forward for you, reminding you that you are perfect just as you are. Now go out there and live loud just like a musical theatre enthusiast should!
The music you listen to in your teen years mixes with your hormones and emotions and overwhelms you and permanently molds you. You make mix tapes, you go to shows, you buy band t-shirts and posters, you get ill advised tattoos. It’s a lot of fun.