Remember 20gayteen (instead of 2018)? LGBTQ films and queer pop music came to the forefront.

Young LGBTQ artists like MNEK released albums unapologetic in their music and promotion about their queer identity. His music brings us back to a point I hope you’re learning this month: seeing someone like you on TV or on the radio isn’t just life-affirming, it’s life-saving.  

It’s important artists break through the music industry’s narrow definitions of marketable and successful. On the Homo Sapiens podcast, Australian pop start Troye Sivan wondered if he’d have more mainstream success if he wasn’t gay.

I think the question should be, would Troye be more successful if society wasn’t heteronormative at the exclusion of LGBTQ people?  

Here’s my top five for Pride 2020 by LGBTQ artists. What’s yours? I’d love to know your music recommendations!

  • Ben Platt – Rain
  • Sam Smith and Demi Lovato – I’m Ready
  • Saara Alto – Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
  • Bright Light Bright Light ft. Jake Shears – Sensation
  • MNEK ft Hailee Steinfield – Colour

Spotify has great playlists covering Pride classics as well as showcasing LGBTQ artists, writers and composers. Just click on Pride on the browse tab. And check out Huff Post’s #MyPrideAnthems series.

Remember to support LGBTQ artists how you can right now who are unable to perform in live venues. You could buy music and merchandise or tip them on PayPal.