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18 LGBTQ+ songs across genres to add to your playlist

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To say you’re a music fan almost sounds a ridiculous statement, after all music is probably the one thing, or ‘hobby’ that almost every one of us enjoys. However, there is a clear shift between merely enjoying music, and being moved by music.

There’s using a song to vocalise your emotions, however seemingly intangible or complex. There’s storming down the street in a bad mood with electric guitars blaring through headphones, and there’s lying on your bed, deep in love, hearing a gentle saxophone drip into your room. There are genres of music that divide us and bring us together. There are opinions on everything, from the feeling of classical music boring some into a sleep to the lightest of heavy metal giving others a headache. A key part of music that makes it feel ours, is when lyrics are relatable, including the pronouns of the significant other in a love song.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of soul music, most of which was made at a time where queerness wasn’t exactly played through the radio or in dance halls, so most of my favourite love songs are about Him and Her. If you’re anything like me and you’re itching to hear a love song that you can truly relate to, here’s some songs from various genres to get you started. A few aren’t specific with pronouns, or aren’t strictly about love, but all of them are by fantastic LGBTQ+ artists. I would also like to add like lockdown life has gotten to everybody, so please don’t judge my terrible music puns.

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Pop to make you feel fizzy with feelings

Bloom // Troye Sivan

A deliciously perfect pop song about being intimitate with another boy.

Lyrics’ pronouns: He/Him

Girls // Girl in Red

Many call this the modern lesbian anthem, with its catchy chorus, “They’re so pretty it hurts, I’m not talking about boys, I’m talking about girls.”

Lyrics’ pronouns: She/Her

Stay With Me // Sam Smith

A classic, but for a reason. A beautiful ballad from the non-binary multi-award winner.

Lyrics’ pronouns: non-specific

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Something funky for the soul

I Only Want To be with You // Dusty Springfield

Many see Springfield as an icon for the queer community, but few know that she herself dated women.

Lyrics’ pronouns: non-specific

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) // Sylvester

The disco icon who challenged gender binaries in the 70s and knew how to dance.

Lyrics’ pronouns: non-specific

Headaches // Raveena

Up and coming musician from New York with dreamy cinematic vocals and an equally dreamy music video.

Lyrics’ pronouns: She/Her

Forrest Gump // Frank Ocean

A sweet and groovy song from one of the most successful queer musicians today.

Lyrics’ pronouns: He/Him

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Guitar-fuelled love songs to rock your socks off

I Wanna be Your Girlfriend // Ezra Furman

This song expresses trans and gender-nonconforming love in a pared-back but tender way.

Lyrics’ pronouns: non-specific

Capers // Kele Okereke

A fun and sweet song about unrequited love from the Bloc Party frontman. 

*He has also done a beautiful cover of The Temptations’ My Girl, changing to lyric to My Guy

Lyrics’ pronouns: He/Him

Play The Field // Partner

An underground queercore-influenced duo sing about lesbian attraction with sport puns galore.

Lyrics’ pronouns: She/Her

Grilled Cheese // Martha Hill

Only released in June, this song packs the punch with its angsty focus on a struggling relationship.

Lyrics’ pronouns: She/Her

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Hip songs for every sexuality to hop to

C7osure (You Like) // Lil Nas X

The song that the Lil Nas X famously came out as gay to, with that country rap twist that he does so well.

Lyrics’ pronouns: non-specific

IGOR // Tyler, The Creator

IGOR is an album which combines R&B, funk and rap into an opera, telling the story of a gay love affair.

Lyrics’ pronouns: He/Him

Honey // Kehlani

With a voice as sweet as honey, Kehlani sings about her love for another woman (props to the gorgeous video too!)

Lyrics’ pronouns: She/Her 

Where My Girls // Dai Burger

A love song to every type of woman from this rapper and dancer.

Lyrics’ pronouns: She/Her

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Techno-influenced music to dance AND protest to

Fight for a Fight // Catnapp

A powerful hybrid of rave and punk about LGTBQ+ struggles.

Lyrics’ pronouns: non-specific

Discipline issues // Juana

A smooth funk-inspired track from this Washington-based DJ.

Lyrics’ pronouns: n/a

Tender is the Touch of White Liberal Complicity // DeForrest Brown Jr. ft. Kelpa

This experimental track highlights the effects of white supremacy on black struggles.

Pronouns: non-specific


An article by Kate McCaughey

Kate is an English Literature and Theatre Studies graduate from the University of Leeds. Now living and working in the North East of England as a writer, Kate is Passionate about current socials inequalities and focus much of her work on LGBTQ+ issues, class and women’s rights. These range of skills in copy editing, zine editing, spoken word and theatre makes Kate an incredible addition for Proudly.Blog.


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Brighton Pride’s Fabuloso 30th anniversary digital extravaganza

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Despite coronavirus postponing the UK’s biggest pride event of the summer, Brighton have decided to still go ahead with their festival this year in a way audiences haven’t seen before.

To mark the 30th year anniversary since the first Brighton Pride this years event was going to be bigger and better than ever before.

With big names confirmed such as the Pussycat Dolls and none other than the best-selling female artist of all-time Mariah Carey were announced as headliners at Preston Park which showed that clearly Brighton was the place to be this year. Thankfully all the artists who were supposed to perform at this years pride have confirmed their appearance at next years festival.

There was a clear buzz across social media when Mariah uploaded a video on her official Twitter page confirming her excitement to headline Brighton Pride 2020.

Mariah Carey announcing her headline slot at Brighton Pride

The director of Brighton & Hove Pride Paul Kemp was just as excited at the announcement, this is what he had to say on the Brighton Pride website:

 “We are beyond thrilled that Mariah is joining our LGBTQ+ celebrations for our 30th anniversary. Mariah is a staunch LGBTQ+ ally and having her perform at Pride really helps us highlight our campaigning for LGBTQ+ equality to a global audience.

Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton & Hove Pride

Sadly this years festival was postponed until August 2021 but do not fear, Brighton have you covered. This week you will be able to see Brighton Pride like you have never seen before right from the comfort of your own home.

With a spectacular line-up that includes exclusive performances, archive footage, comedy, cabaret, queer politics & more helping out to raise money for The Brighton Rainbow Fund. This years event really could possibly be Brighton’s most important pride ever.

Brighton’s Fabulosa Digital Pride FAQ

Brighton Pride’s digital event preview video
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How can I watch Brighton Pride this year?

Similar to other pride events that have taken place this year, the organisers for Brighton Pride have opted to go ahead with a digital format for the event. Taking place between Friday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August viewers will be able to watch this years pride for free!

Streaming across multiple platforms, the show will be live-streamed on the Brighton Pride website and YouTube so all the entertainment can be viewed across the world.

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How can I contribute?

Celebrating thirty years of Brighton Pride, this years digital event will help raise essential funds for LGBTQ+ community groups.

There will be familiar partners associated with pride this year as LYNX will be partnering with Brighton Pride for the third consecutive year. There has been new partners added this year as Closeup have become an official partner for Brighton Pride. Legal & General and OneFamily still remain heavily involved as partners for Brighton Pride too.

Brighton Pride have urged viewers of this years free digital pride to help contribute by donating to fundraisers for LGBTQ+ community organisations:

Fundraising for our LGBTQ+ community organisations. Please consider donating securely here. Viewers are encouraged to make a donation so Brighton & Hove Pride can continue its essential fundraising for our community organisations that provide so much support throughout the year. Our sole ethos is to promote respect within our community and support local charities and causes through fundraising. In the last six years we have raised over £920,000 for neighbouring charities, projects and community groups, distributed through The Brighton Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.

Brighton Pride urging viewers of this years free event to help by donating to worth LGBTQ+ community organisations

During the broadcast you will also be able to text to donate donate either £5 or £10 for Brighton’s registered charity partner, The Brighton Rainbow Fund, who distribute the donations to LGBTQ and HIV organisations across Brighton and Hove.

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What can viewers expect to see at this years pride?

Titled ‘We Are FABULOSO’ Brighton pride will feature incredible artists across their digital platforms on the main stage, Cabaret Stage, BAME Stage, Pride Dance Big Top, QueerTown, Trans Fabuloso Stage and many more.

Proudly wanted to share with you some of the memorable names confirmed to perform at this years ‘FABULOSO’ festival. You can view the full list of confirmed artists by clicking here.

Fridays pre-party plan

Hosted by the incredible duo of Stepthen Baily and Zoe Lyons inside the PrideTV Network studio in Brighton you will be able to tune in from 7pm on Friday 31st July for the warm up party.

The warm-up show will feature important figures such as the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Alan Robins, Peter Kyle MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP alongside a two hour DJ party set as Jean Paul Gaultier presents DJ Fat Tony.

With pride being digitally broadcasted this year viewers may struggle to feel apart of the celebrations which is why the festival have decided to also enable audiences to participate via Zoom.

Saturdays main-event showcase of the stars

Saturday’s broadcast will be featuring some of the biggest names in music to perform never-seen before broadcast sets from Brighton’s online main stage.

Headlining the main stage of the UK’s biggest digital pride of the summer will be Nile Rodgers & CHIC.

Other popular acts that will be performing will include: Carly-Rae Jepson, Years & Years (2017 Brighton Pride performance), Jess Glynne, Todrick Hall, Fatboy Slim, Pabllo Vittar, Billy porter (encore performance) and the artist who is currently number-one in the UK singles charts MNEK.

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The Sunday session

Starting at 8pm and running through until 11pm, Sunday’s festival will be topping off this years event with a show stopping finale. With talented acts such as Lucy Spraggan, Katherine Ellis, Ty Jeffries, Kathy Caton and Brighton’s own legendary drag queen Lola Lasagne performing.

The Powder Room and The Glory will be performing last between the 10pm-11pm slot and Proudly assure you that they will make sure Brighton Pride goes out in style.

You can view all this years Brighton Pride’s content with added extras by subscribing to Pride TV Network on YouTube.

If you would like to see the full schedule you can view it on Brighton Pride’s website here.

Brighton Pride’s ‘We Are Fabuloso’ full schedule

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Overview

On Friday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August viewers from all around the world will be treated the biggest UK digital pride of the year.

With famous faces getting involved, why don’t you too? You can watch the ‘FABULOSO’ event right from the comfort of your own home.

Brighton Pride will be celebrating their 30th-year anniversary in a way nobody has witnessed before. Proudly will be watching the UK’s biggest digital pride this year and we encourage all our readers to get involved too.

Please view, share and donate to Brighton Pride this year, their incredible team have worked tirelessly to put on a show for everybody and have once again smashed it out the park.

We at Proudly just want to say thank you and we can’t wait to tune into your ‘FABULOSO’ event tomorrow evening.

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Brighton Pride logo
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Feature image via Brighton Pride