25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs

From Sylvester to Perfume Genius to everyone in between, editors pick the most evocative, transformative songs

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Against Me!, "True Trans Soul Rebel" (2014)

In her 2016 memoir, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace recalls the time leading up to her transition, when she would disappear into motel rooms to practice wearing dresses. "You become more brave about presenting femme, but you're still closeted, so you have nowhere to go," she explained to Rolling Stone in 2014. "You end up in a weird motel in the middle of nowhere, wandering down halls, hoping nobody sees you." Those days would inspire her song "True Trans Soul Rebel," a punk-Western battle cry for trans women fighting to live. –SE

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