It's been said that gay people only like to party and have sex. WRONG! The lgbtq community is as varied as any group, and generalities are certainly not going to work here, but for many there was a time when the music and the clubs were terribly important. As equality slowly becomes the norm, the party atmosphere isn't as important.
There was certainly a time when you had to hid if you were gay. (In some places sadly, that is still true). Going to gay bars and clubs was a release, a way to unwind. It was also where you could meet other lgbtq people. This was important since you certainly couldn't be that open in school or at work. Just was the clubs being important for socializing, so was the music. In keeping with Pride month, I put together a top 25 list of lgbtq anthems -- 25: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Abba, 24: Same Love - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, 23: Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland, 22: Ice Cream Truck - Cazwell, 21: Believe - Cher, 20: The Night I Fell in Love - Pet Shop Boys, 19: If I Had You - Adam Lambert, 18: Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston, 17: You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester, 16: True Trans Soul Rebel - Against Me, 15: Tainted Love - Imelda May, 14: Born this Way - Lady Gaga, 13: No More Tears - Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, 12: Express Yourself - Madonna, 11: True Colors - Cindi Lauper, 10: Take Me Or Leave Me - Rent, 9: It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls, 8: Constant Craving - kd lang, 7: YMCA - The Village People, and a favorite of mine 6: Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other - Willie Nelson. The top five -- 5: Your Song - Elton John, 4: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor, 3: I Am What I Am - John Barrowman, 2: Raise Your Glass - Pink, and 1: I’m Coming Out - Diana Ross.
Now while you spend your day humming these tunes, remember that it really isn't all about the music. There are important matters in life and those same things are true for the lgbtq community, but these songs (and so many others) were an outlet in days when the closet was a necessity for so many.