However you identify on the LGBTQ spectrum, we see you. Whether you know your identity deep in your bones, still searching for it minute-to-minute or feel it changes as you wake up each morning, we see you.
On National Coming Out Day, a day that’s made to own who you are, we’re here. That all being said, here are 10 songs by 10 artists on the LGBTQ spectrum that are sure to make you feel out, proud and heard every day of the year.
Panic! At The Disco – “Girls/Girls/Boys”
In case you couldn’t tell by the multi-colored hearts swarming the arenas on P!ATD’s last tour, “Girls/Girls/Boys” has been widely adopted as a bisexual anthem among Panic! fanatics. Singing about his sexual experimentation and openness about sexuality as a spectrum, Brendon Urie ends each quivering chorus with the strong reminder: “Love is not a choice.” [MH]
BROCKHAMPTON – “JUNKY”
Self-identifying as the “best boy band since One Direction,” BROCKHAMPTON are a music collective who transcend a label as lazy as “boy band.” Made up of 14 members, BROCKHAMPTON explore racism, sexism, homophobia and every intersection in-between. Almost any track from the group’s past three albums could count as a song about having pride in who you are, but rapper Kevin Abstract’s opening verse in “JUNKY” tackles every issue with clarity, wit and his trademark snark. Move over, Harry Styles. [MH]
Years & Years – “Sanctify”
U.K. synth-pop trio Years & Years attracted the universe’s attention with 2015’s hit single, “King,” and the world hasn’t fallen out of love with them since. Gay frontman Olly Alexander pens emotive, heart-wrenching lyrics that Pete Wentz would be proud of, while having the a performance pizzazz befitting Lady Gaga—complete with bedazzled outfits and ethereal backup dancers. In “Sanctify,” Alexander speaks directly to a lover who has yet to come to terms with his sexuality. With a simple croon, he sings, “Sanctify the love that you crave/Oh and I won’t, and I won’t, and I won’t be ashamed.” [MH]
Halsey – “Strangers ft. Lauren Jauregui”
Halsey has long brought representation to the wanting pop sphere. As a bisexual woman, she wrote “Strangers” about ambiguity in a lesbian almost-relationship. After deciding to make the track a duet and shopping around for possible singers, Halsey proclaimed to her label, “I’m not putting an artist on this song unless they’re fucking gay.” How’s that for visibility? Former Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui, who came out as bisexual in 2016, was happy to lend her pipes, making for a sultry, earnest pop song. [MH]
Trash Boat – “How Selfish I Seem”
Bringing a queer edge to melodic hardcore, Trash Boat frontman Tobi Duncan has identified himself as being attracted to people “across the gender spectrum.” Labels aside, Duncan spends most of their 2016 debut full-length exploring the topics of identity, forgiveness and existentialism. In the aggressive single “How Selfish I Seem,” he refers to a romantic relationship with both he and she pronouns, contemplating how he can “make putting you first second nature.” [KC]