Gay Anthems: Pride 2012

Every nation needs an anthem, and that includes the Queer Nation, honey. Moving songs and fierce dance cuts of the inspirational, politically powerful and just plain old fabulous varieties have long been an integral part of LGBT culture. Once upon a time, when that culture was forced to exist in the closet, playing Judy's "Over the Rainbow" or referencing Dusty's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" could safely, significantly speak volumes without saying a word. As the revolution came out and became politicized, disco and other forms of dance-pop rallied the troops, bolstered their flagging spirits and, often, spoke to the pain of the struggle.

Nowadays, of course, divas from Gaga to Katy Perry to Robyn are practically campaigning for Gay Anthem of the Year. We've come a long way, baby, but there's still work to be done, both on the political front and the dancefloor (two spaces that have long overlapped in queer culture). In honor of Pride Month 2012, do your civic duty, get your booty on the floor and show off how proud you are to be a queer American (or ally).

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