When Pride month rolls around, it's time to queue up a playlist full of gay as fuck songs. Whether it's a bopsplash anthem by the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen or a queer pop classic by icons like Cyndi Lauper, these tunes help us celebrate our sexuality with pride.
The sexy disco track is just as relevant today as it was in 1979. It's no surprise it became the anthem of choice for many LGBTIQ people lost to the AIDS epidemic. This song also played over the final episode of the first series of the BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes, where a fictionalised version of Tom Robinson, an AIDS sufferer, sang it while in prison with members of the Gay Liberation Front.
Despite the fact that it's about a man dying of AIDS, this is an upbeat, joyous song. This is a huge departure from Smith's usual pop fare, which usually focuses on break-ups, infidelity and loneliness. This is a celebratory anthem about queer sexuality, and it's great to see an artist embracing their own queerness rather than making it a secret.
This Jamaican reggae singer's song topped the Hot 100 in April 1977 and was considered to be the gay anthem of the era. It was also used as the background music in the infamous scene in The Birdcage where Gene Hackman dons drag to escape the paparazzi. It's an uplifting track that reminds us to love and accept ourselves, and it also features on the soundtrack to the Netflix show RuPaul's Drag Race.