Music has always been a big part of FX’s hit series Pose. Whether it’s on the runway of a ball, playing from a boombox on the street or even coming from the mouths of Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez, the show has always found a way to showcase queer anthems. Now, the stars of Pose are showcasing their favorite LGBTQ anthems with a little help from Spotify.
On Friday (June 14), Spotify unveiled a new set of playlists for Pride month from Pose stars Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore and Dominique Jackson. Each of the playlists were built by the cast members around certain “categories” corresponding to some of Pride month’s most important messages.
Billy Porter’s playlist, for example, is titled “The Category Is: Love Yourself.” Along with including the star’s new single of the same name, the playlist features anthems of self-empowerment, including dance classics like Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to Be Real”, Madonna’s “Vogue” and more. The other playlists follow similar themes — Mj Rodriguez’s playlist is based around “power,” Indya Moore’s on “New Day,” and Dominique Jackson’s on “beauty.”
“I wanted the [songs] that just brought me joy,” Porter tells Billboard in an exclusive statement. “Where the joy would just wash over me. When they come on, you know ‘Ahhh, that’s my song!’ I was looking for those songs and everyone of those songs do that to me.”
The new playlists are a part of Spotify’s ongoing Pride month initiative. This year, the company is focused on the theme “Taking the Stage,” to uplift those who have used their platforms to stand up for LGBTQ rights. Other LGBTQ-themed playlists, along with the new set of playlists from the cast of Pose, can be found on Spotify’s Pride Hub.
Check out Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore and Dominique Jackson’s “The Category Is” playlists below: