For Pride Month, we asked several LGBTQ personalities -- and one of the community's biggest allies -- what their favorite gay anthem was. With classics by Madonna and Cher to modern day tunes (we see you, MUNA), check out the mixed bag of responses.
Bob the Drag Queen
“A Deeper Love” by Aretha Franklin. I actually have it tattooed to my chest. It’s one of my mom’s favorite songs. I got the tattoo maybe two or three years ago and everyone thinks it’s chest hair from off-stage. To be fair, there’s a little bit of chest hair mixed into it.
“Firework” by Katy Perry. Do not underestimate “Firework” by Katy Perry. Her songs are very empowering. Even if I’m just walking in the grocery store, I’m like, “Oh I’m gonna shop like a mo-fo!”
“It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls. I would pump this song really loud before most of my shows at Hedwig. Factoid: It was written by David Letterman’s pianist Paul Shaffer.
“Believe” by Cher. I used to wake up to that every morning when I was in fifth grade; it was my alarm clock. She has a trans son, which is cool. She always reminded me on my mother -- she was regal, she was unapologetic. She did an interview where she talked about how she didn’t need men and that was very empowering. I would love to meet her some day -- and Chaz Bono too.
"I Know a Place" by MUNA. Oh my god! I makes me cry and dance. It breaks my heart, but also fills my heart. When she drops the bomb of ‘Even if it’s only in my imagination,’ I’m like, woah. That’s a curveball. It just feels so good too.
“I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross. I used to jam to it as a kid before I knew it was a gay anthem. I’ve always loved Diana Ross. I’ve always loved Motown. Every time I hear it, I feel so much joy.
"Material Girl" by Madonna. I feel like when that song comes on, I'll just dance around my living room.
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper. This song was about breaking the rules, letting it go, being free and being visible. I remember singing this song as a child and, for a moment, enjoying being that girl Cyndi sang about.
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. It sounds cheesy. I just like the song -- it’s a big 'ol gay song. I think the meaning behind it really resonates with a lot of people in our community. In my own experiences I’ve had to survive. It speaks to me.