To kick-off LGBT Pride Month, Spotify, a music streaming platform, unveiled “the most streamed pride songs across pride themed playlists on the platform.” After analyzing tens of thousands of pride playlists, it compiled a list of 20 songs including Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” and Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch.”
Here at South Florida Gay News, we decided to create our own pride playlist focusing on gender queer artists who usually don’t get much mainstream attention. We welcome you to listen to the playlist, discover new artists and be proud of how beautiful and unique your community is. Happy Pride.
- Who Am I to Feel So Free – JD Samson and Men
JD Samson, known for being a musician, producer, songwriter and DJ, has been a member of the MEN and Le Tigre bands. She’s on this list because she has identified herself as genderqueer and a gender outlaw, according to Under the Radar. She’s a feminist and her music comes hand in hand with her gender identity.
- Ocean Blue – Rae Spoon
Rae is a songwriter, film score composer, music producer, multi-instrumentalist and published author. Rae identifies using the pronouns “they/them/their” and has published books on their gender, according to their website.
- We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
A well-known singer, actress and bisexual, Miley Cyrus has recently embraced LGBT activism, creating the Happy Hippie Foundation for vulnerable LGBT youth. She said in an interview that she didn’t identify with either gender. “I didn’t want to be a boy,” she said. “I kind of wanted to be nothing,” according to OUT.
- Secret Girl – Nikki Exotika
This transgender woman is known as a success on her own, but has also created a transgender pop band called The Secret Girls. She said she wants to create a mainstream transgender group that the whole world will recognize because transgender models, actresses and book writers have already reached popularity, according to Queerty.
- Battle Cry – Angel Haze, ft. Sia
Angel Haze, as they’re known under their stage name, identifies as agender. They’re a rapper and singer in the hiphop scene. Angel has appeared in many magazines and on many websites with their music growing in popularity every day, according to Buzzfeed.
- Talkin’ About a Revolution – Justin Vivian Bond
Justin Vivian is a cabaret performer who identifies using the pronouns “v/v’s.” V identifies out of the gender binary and is most famous for v’s character Kiki Durane, according to nonbinary.org.
- I Was a Teenage Anarchist – Against Me!
Against Me! Is featured on this list because the lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, is a transgender woman. The punk rock alternative band has had several songs featured on the Billboard 200. Their most recent album is called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, released in January, 2014, according to All Music.
- Thorn in your Side – Namoli Brennet
Namoli Brennet is a gender-variant singer-songwriter whose songs focus on the human experience and her identity. She has been featured on NPR and PBS, according to her website.
- Dead Key – Geo Wyeth
Geo Wyeth is a transgender musician and performance artist whose songs are brooding and deep voice. He describes his work as queer because he is queer, according to the Huffington Post.
- Hope There’s Someone – Antony and The Johnsons
Antony Hegarty, the lead for Antony and The Johnsons, identifies as transgender, though a feminist transgender. They said they leave it up to other’s to decide what pronouns to use for them, according to Flavor Wire. They’ve released several albums and won the Mercury Music Prize.
You can listen to The Gender Queer Playlist on Spotify now. It’s important to recognize and support your fellow LGBT people. If you like the playlist, share it with your friends and family, and feel free to check out the music of any and all of these lovely artists.
Playlist at: http://bit.ly/1SiPkXq