With lyrics of self-acceptance, empowerment and hope, the LGBT community has adopted these songs that connect with their stories and have helped advance understanding and acceptance in the Latin culture. As Pride Month festivities kick off, we’ve put together a list of our favorite and most iconic Latin LGBT anthems:
Gloria Trevi, “Todos me miran” – Trevi has become one of the most loved artists within the gay community. With her song “Todos me miran,” she praises individuals who have the guts to show the world who they really are, regardless of what others may think.
Los Tigres del Norte, “Era diferente” – The norteño band received a GLAAD Award for this track that tells the story about a young girl who falls in love with her female best friend. Los Tigres del Norte said they decided to make this song in honor of their LGBT fans who had asked them to make a song that they could relate to. “The community is coming out to see us and this brings us great pride that these songs connect with them and brings them closer to us,” the band told The Advocate.
Alex Anwandter, “Cómo puedes vivir contigo mismo?”– The Chilean singer and songwriter uses his music to fight for LGBTQ rights in his native Chile. His track “Cómo puedes vivir contigo mismo?” is an homage to the documentary Paris Is Burning.
Mecano, “Mujer contra mujer” – The Spanish band sings about a relationship between two women who decide to continue their romance despite adversities in the ballad “Mujer contra mujer.”
Willie Colón ,”El gran varón” – The ’80s song tells the story of Simón, a transgender man who leaves his family behind because his dad does not accept him for who he is.
Alaska y Dinarama, “A quién le importa” – The Spanish band released this song back in 1986. The track, a liberating and powerful anthem, has become one of the most iconic songs in the LGBT community.
Fangoria, “Supertravesti” – This upbeat pop song is about an alien-like transvestite in Las Vegas who tries to convince his lover to go back to his home planet with him.
Francisca Valenzuela, “Insulto” – Through this song, the Chilean singer and songwriter expresses her solidarity with those discriminated against or rejected by society because of their sexual orientation.
Chavela Vargas, “Macorina” – The Mexican legend recorded this sultry song about the infamous Macorina, real name María Calvo Nodarse, who became the first woman in Cuba to get a driver’s license in the early 1900s. She later became known for her reputation as a prostitute.
Christian Chavez, “Quiero volar” – After the former RBD member came out as gay in 2007, he released this song where he sings of being free and liberated.