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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Perfume Genius, "Queen" (2014)

Seattle's Michael Hadreas transforms from young man into queer menace in the sparkling video for "Queen." Singing "No family is safe when I sashay," he slinks into a conference room and gyrates his hips for a room full of suits – a sly riposte to the legions of homophobes who weaponize their fears against LGBTQ people, from within board rooms, in Congress, or out on the streets. In a 2014 interview with The Guardian, Hadreas says: "I've always been very resentful of the fact that something I have no control over would make people uncomfortable. So with this song it was more of a 'fuck you' thing – I was hoping other people would feel uncomfortable for once, not me." -SE

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