Happy Pride Month everybody!

I wanted to make this playlist to make a statement. I consider myself an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and realize I’ve never been as vocal about it as I should.

I didn’t know that the queer community even existed before high school (that’s on living in a religious and immigrant community). But when I went to a performing arts high school in downtown LA, no one in my circles saw being queer as a bad thing. In fact, we celebrated it and were a place of refuge for a lot of kids. It was when I left high school and my theatre community that I began to fully see just how much hate and institutional barriers exist for the queer community.

As I dove deeper into my faith as a Christian, it began to really break my heart when I realized how the American Church has hurt a lot of people in the queer community. People have weaponized theology to hate “others” and for me, that goes against the main command that Jesus gave us: to love one another.

So what’s my theology? Look, my main dude Jesus proudly loved and provided healing to the marginalized so that’s what I’m gonna (try to) do. Also, I want to just say to anyone who’s dealing with religious trauma: no, God does not hate you if you are queer and I’m sorry that anyone ever made you feel like that. From the bottom of my heart, you are loved, you are held, and you innately give a picture of God by just being who you are.

Of course, I’m still learning about the diversity within the queer community and trying to overcome any stigmas I might be holding. Getting the terminology right and understanding the different kinds of queerness is what I’m working on. It’s a process that involves a lot of listening, but it comes down to the main message broadcasted during pride month: love is love.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve been listening to a lot of new music in the few months or so that I wasn’t posting. A lot of the new music I discovered and had on repeat were from queer artists that were incredibly underrated.

I want to take the time to lift up these incredible artists not just because they’re queer and it’s pride month but because they make music that SLAPS. And good music is good music, doesn’t matter who you love.

Highlights:

The Aces – Bad Love – Look, I want to be part of The Aces so BAD. They rock so hard and craft these perfect pop melodies at the same time. It’s honestly so inspiring, y’all KNOW I’m gonna lose my mind at their concert in November. (Side note: can you believe concerts are coming back? I’m shooketh.)

Christine and the Queens – People, I’ve been sad – This song has got to be in the top 10 most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s emotive, it’s expansive, it’s French, and it captures the desperation that loneliness brings like nothing I’ve ever heard.

Lil Nas X – SUN GOES DOWN – I firmly know that Lil Nas X knows how to have a good time. But this vulnerable song just tells his life story in such a beautiful way. As an artist, he hasn’t been afraid to troll us all, but to see him be serious here is just captivating and raw and it really makes me excited for his album.

Phoebe Bridgers – Moon Song – Like many people in 2020, I was obsessed with Phoebe Bridgers and her poetry. Punisher is one of the best albums from 2020 and I can’t tell you how many times I cried listening to it. Also, was shocked to learn that my friend Rebecca sat next to her in math class once upon a time.

MUNA – I Know a Place – This song feels like those hugs where you feel like you are free to cry. My friend Maddy introduced me to MUNA and my life has improved significantly as a result. This song was released after the Orlando nightclub shooting and meant as a song to uplift the queer community. It truly feels like joy.

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