“Country music reminds me of long drives to and away from home, of long conversations on porches with friends and lovers, of something we’re told in a million and one ways isn’t for us and still — we make it ours anyways.”
As an 11-year relationship ended and the dust settled around me a couple weeks ago, I realized something: I needed music, I needed someone in my ear telling me everything I’m feeling and seeing wasn’t new and unknowable, that this was A Thing That Happens.
“For me, listening to music has always been a source of power, especially when the music I listen to is by other bi and queer folks.”
Let’s unwind and imagine that everything is fine for 47 minutes with this End Of The World Playlist.
There’s just some songs that make you want to shout and dance and that make you feel proud to be queer.
Is there a German word for happy songs that feel like a wrecking ball to your serotonin levels?
“Soft butches everywhere? I don’t know what your heaven looks like, but this is mine.”
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.
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.
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.
Between the kind of policy making that’s forcing a societal hand to double down on a literal time bomb, this is liable to be the playlist of the summer!
Black queer musicians today are some of our strongest advocates, and they’re leading the revolution with singing and dancing.
This is my favorite era because the variety we hear during this time period is something like never before. Finally, queer black folks get to individually express their identities and aesthetics!
It was hard enough to be black during this time, let alone black and queer, but these musicians did it and they made awesome music!
I’ve made a girl group playlist and intend to listen to it on loop at full capacity after filling Riese’s entire living room with sand, what are you doing?
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!
“In the twisting lunge, think about the line of pain this stretch brings out of your hip and low spine. Think about the fact that this is a very specific place in your body. Donald Trump might never stretch this part of his body. So how would he get the strength that this particular part of his musculature has to offer?”
Sometimes everything falls apart. Sometimes shit hits the fan. Sometimes the only thing that makes sense is doing something that never really does.
You already know what this is gonna be, don’t you?
I realized something inside of me had forever changed the first time I was smoking with the windows down and the music loud in my car and thought to myself “Huh, I could imagine myself doing SoulCycle to this song.”