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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Hedwig and the Angry Inch, "Wig in a Box" (2001)

If any show tune's making this list, let it be a Hedwig original. Centering on a transgender rock singer from Berlin, the iconic Broadway musical and film took shape in New York City drag club SqueezeBox!, where Mitchell first conceived of the character known as Hedwig. With the help of house-band leader and Hedwig composer Stephen Trask, Mitchell finally got the guts to debut Hedwig live at SqueezeBox! in 1994. His first wig was propped up by paper towel rolls, hot glue and staples. "I had never done drag, I had never sung with a rock band," said Mitchell to Rolling Stone. "It was like I was baptized. Everything I did was completely in support of Hedwig. I'd go off and do a sitcom and use the money to buy wigs and make my own costumes." –JP

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