"Physical" (Olivia Newton-John, 1981).
2. "I'm Coming Out" (Diana Ross, 1981). Ms. Ross claimed that it was about teenage girls "coming out" into high society, but gay teens knew what it was really about:
I'm coming out -- I want the world to know, got to let it show.
3. "It's Raining Men" (The Weather Girls, 1982). The catchy beat made it easy to appropriate. I didn't even mind the heterosexism:
God bless Mother Nature, she's a single woman too
She took off to heaven, and she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky,
So that each and every woman could find a perfect guy.
Oh the night is my world. City lights, painted girls.
I must believe in something, so I guess I'll just believe that this night will never go.
5. "Holiday" (Madonna, 1983). No gay people mentioned, but coming out often required forgetting about years of pain: it's time for the good times -- forget about the bad times.
Each new one I meet makes my heart beat faster, when I see them so strong and tall.
So many men, so little time. How can I lose?
So many men, so little time. How can I choose?
7. "Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1983).
8. "I Am What I Am" (Gloria Gaynor, 1983) could be read as a response to the bigots (and there were a lot of bigots) who kept screaming that gays were worthless, subhuman, monsters out to destroy the world.
I am good, I am strong, I am somebody, I do belong.
I am useful, I am true, I am worthy, I am as good as you.
The answers you seek will never be found at home.
The love that you need will never be found at home.
10. "Let's Hear it for the Boy" (Deniece Williams, 1984).
Not much after. AIDS, conservative retrenchment, and the re-demonization of gay people eliminated even those few songs that could be appropriated. In 1985, Madonna was singing "Like a Virgin" (about sex, not pride), Wham started making their previously androgynous songs gender specific (I said you were the perfect girl for me), and the vigorously homophobic Eddie Murphy was inviting heterosexuals to "Party All the Time."
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