Hit gay anthems to celebrate Pride Month

Taylor Swift just added her name to this impressive list of talent

Stars Insider

17/06/19 | StarsInsider

MUSIC LGBT

Taylor Swift’s new music video for ‘'You Need to Calm Down’ has just been released, setting the song on the path to be this summer’s major gay anthem.

The video, with an extremely positive message in support of the LGBT community, is also chock full of out celebrities.

Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert, RuPaul, Laverne Cox, Hayley Kiyoko, Billy Porter, Adam Rippon, Todrick Hall, Hannah Hart, the men of ‘Queer Eye,’ and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita are all featured in the video.

So too are ally celebs like Katy Perry and Ryan Reynolds.

Above all, it’s a catchy song, made for 2019.

But the history of “gay anthems” is one that goes back 100 years. More recent entries onto this list include 2011’s ‘Born This Way’ and 2012’s ‘Same Love,’ but who can forget 1939’s 'Over the Rainbow’?

While some songs have been explicitly for, and even by, the LGBT community, others have been co-opted as such, like Diana Ross’ ‘I’m Coming Out.’

In this last century, every generation has had more than their fair share of gay anthems. Indeed, 'You Need to Calm Down’ wouldn’t have fit in with the disco hits of the ‘70s, yet it’s posed to become this season’s gay anthem, if not the next decade’s.

For a comprenhensive list of hit gay anthems, check out the following gallery.

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