Let's be clear: 2020 has been a rough year. From the COVID-19 pandemic spreading around the world to the cancellation of Pride events to the continued violence against Black and transgender Americans, 2020 has forced people everywhere to reckon with their own sense of security. Especially in the queer community, where that sense of shared identity is so often expressed through public gatherings, this year has been one of adaptation and adjustment.
But through all of the strife of 2020, there has also been joy to be found — even amid a pandemic, LGBTQ artists from around the world have managed to put out some of their best work to date. Whether it's unshakeable pop music that fans can dance around their homes to, contemplative R&B for reflecting on your time in isolation, or thought-provoking hip-hop for protesting against injustice, queer artists have successfully provided their fans with a soundtrack to these unprecedented times.
In honor of their work, here are 10 of Billboard Pride's favorite albums of 2020 (so far) by LGBTQ artists.