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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Diana Ross, "I'm Coming Out" (1980)

Like so many great dance records, 1980's "I'm Coming Out" began with Nile Rodgers and his Le Chic co-founder Bernard Edwards, who were approached by Diana Ross herself to produce new tunes. Rodgers later told the Mail on Sunday that they wrote the track "because of her gay following," but fibbed a little to a skittish Ross. "A DJ told her [the song] was going to ruin her career – people would think she was gay," Rodgers said. "It was the only time I've ever lied to an artist. I said: 'What are you talking about? That's the craziest thing I've ever heard in my life!'" The former Supreme now typically opens her shows with the bubbly, empowering track – which found yet another life in the hip-hop pantheon, thanks to a hear-it-in-your-sleep sample on Diddy and Biggie's "Mo' Money Mo' Problems."   –JR

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