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LGBT-related songs

Created by Alma Barroca on 24 Jan 2018 | Last edited by Alma Barroca on 26 Jul 2018

Songs that are LGBT+-related people in its thematics, issues, characters, etc. Of course, this is meant to be a positive, happy collection. Offensive songs won't even be considered - however, songs that are more serious or dark will be allowed, after all, not everything is happiness.

Open for suggestions.

The song talks about difficulties faced by a gay couple and the pain that they go through as they live kind of a clandestine love.

Translations:  English Bosnian Russian 3 more

The song's lyrics are not directly meant towards LGBT+ people, but its lyrics talk about 'not needing a document to love' and about 'love being hidden everywhere'. Its music video has a gay and a lesbian couple portrayed.

The song talks about a woman in love with a gay boy.

Translations:  English Dutch Persian 7 more

Song talks about the importance of fighting for what you believe in.

Translations:  Portuguese

The song was released as a way to promote gay marriage being allowed and recognized in Brazil back in 2013. Its lyrics make a reference to several objects one can find in a typical marriage.

Translations:  English

The song talks about a man that leaves his family, home and job to be in love with another man.

Suggested by DarkJoshua.

Suggested by maluca.

Translations:  English German French

Suggested by maluca.

Translations:  English Japanese German 5 more

Suggested by Zarina01. The song talks about a transgendered woman.

Translations:  French Italian German 5 more
Song | English Queen

Suggested by Higgs Boson. The song doesn't directly deal with LGBT+ issues, but 'breaking free' can be a reference of letting go of all our problems - one of them, being closeted.

Translations:  Serbian Greek French 14 more

Suggested by Joutsenpoika. A 'classic of the genre' in Finland, it talks about two women walking in front of people hand in hand.

Translations:  English Russian French 9 more

Suggested by Joutsenpoika. The song tells the story of a gay man and his life as a drag-queen in a club.

Translations:  English Spanish Turkish 11 more

Suggested by Viola Ortes. The song tells the story of a gay man and his life as a drag-queen in a club. It's the Italian version of 'Comme ils disent'.

Translations:  English French

Suggested by Joutsenpoika. The song speaks about how difference can bother some people, and about couples of men and women.

Suggested by Loot. The song discusses stereotypes about what it means to be gay, and criticizing societal attitudes towards homosexuality.

Translations:  French Spanish Italian 18 more

Suggested by Loot. The song is about the benefits they perceive for a girl to have a boyfriend who's a closeted homosexual.

Suggested by Loot. The song mocks the notion that legalizing gay marriage would inevitably lead to zoophilia getting legalized as well.

Translations:  German

Suggested by Loot.

Translations:  French
Song | Italian Pooh

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It's a wonderful masterpiece talking about a transgender.

Translations:  Polish Hungarian English 2 more

Suggested by Viola Ortes. Song talks about a man who loses his beloved one in war and then suicides.

Translations:  English Serbian French 5 more

Suggested by Save Me Spider Man. Song itself doesn't directly deal with LGBT issues, but the singer is a man and uses male pronouns in his songs. It talks about being brokenhearted and how "he doesn't know how to make a man stay".

Translations:  Vietnamese

Suggested by Save Me Spider Man. Song talks about a trans-boy whose family doesn't accept him.

Translations:  French Turkish Dutch 3 more
Song | English Gia

Suggested by Save Me Spider Man. The singer is with a girl for the first time and reflects on how exciting it is and how different it is from her ex-bf because "only a girl can make me feel this way".

Translations:  Spanish Italian

Suggested by Save Me Spider Man. A duet by two women, the song talks about wanting more from a casual, friends with benefits type of relationship.

Translations:  Turkish Greek Romanian 9 more

Suggested by Save Me Spider Man. Song talks about the singer's relationship with his father who doesn't want him "kissing boys in the street" but who comes to accept him in the end.

Translations:  French Dutch Turkish 2 more
Song | English Dodie

Suggested by Save Me Spider Man. The singer is in unrequited love with a girl and she wonders if it's alright.

Translations:  French Turkish Finnish

Suggested by Save Me Spider Man. The singer wants to make it in the music industry and is advised that he should hide his homosexuality and change the pronouns in his songs to be more "radio-friendly".

Translations:  Portuguese German Hebrew

Suggested by maluca and SoPink. The song was originally written and produced by Carlos Berlanga and Nacho Canut. Alaska y Dinarama's version of the song was later recognized as a gay anthem by the Spanish language-speaking LGBT community, even though it did not allude to it at all. The song describes a person who is criticized for being different. The question and title lyric "Who cares?" is repeated throughout the song indicating that criticism does not affect her and she will stay the way she is. (From Wikipedia)

Translations:  Italian English German 1 more

Suggested by Viola Ortes. The song talks about a man who is going to marry a woman just to be considered "normal". In the lyrics Renato says "non diventare un uomo da bruciare" meaning "don't waste your life trying to please the others and live your life as you are".

Translations:  English French

Suggested by Viola Ortes. The song talks of a trans person who fears living her life. She feels like she's not a woman nor a man and she regrets for her condition.

Translations:  French
Song | Japanese MACO

Suggested by EfsaYueshi.

Translations:  Transliteration Turkish

Suggested by Diazepam Medina. It explicitly encourages people to come out of the closet saying that "being sexual is not a crime", alluding to the Spanish transition days where there were many political demonstrations calling for authonomy, amnesty, etc.

Translations:  English
Song | English Mika

Suggested by Racmat.

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Suggested by Racmat.

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Suggested by Racmat.

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Suggested by Racmat.

Suggested by maluca.

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Suggested by maluca.

Translations:  English German

Suggested by Enjovher.

Translations:  English French Bosnian 6 more

Suggested by Rezz.

Suggested by maluca. A hymn for Pride Day.

Translations:  German English Serbian

Suggested by maluca. "It gets better" is the name of a project in the US to prevent suicides by LGBT youths.

Suggested by Viola Ortes. This song tells what is like being trans and how are their lives.

Translations:  French English Spanish

Suggested by Viola Ortes. In this song Anna describes the life of her gay friend.

Translations:  English French Russian 2 more

Suggested by stoneowl.

Suggested by maluca. "It gets better" is the name of a project in the US to prevent suicides by LGBT youths.

Translations:  German

Perry stated song's lyrics are "about the magical beauty of a woman".

Translations:  French Greek Spanish 20 more

Song talks about having sex with someone named Madonna, who can be the singer or someone else (even a drag-queen or a transvestite). Singer Ana Carolina is openly bissexual.

Translations:  English French German

Suggested by Josemar.

Translations:  English Japanese Greek 11 more

Suggested by callirae. An Italian song by a girl group advocating for a more accepting society of same-sex love and how it's just the same as other love.

Translations:  English German

Suggested by Safyra. The singer talks about trying to get a girl.

Translations:  English

Suggested by Enjovher. Song talks about the sensitive topic of suicide among gay teenagers.

Translations:  German Spanish Italian 2 more

Song talks about being in love with both men and women. The singer is openly bissexual.

Translations:  English Hungarian

Song talks about 8 love affairs lived with 8 different women. The singer is openly bissexual.

Translations:  English Spanish
Song | German Sookee

Suggested by maluca.

Translations:  English
Song | Italian Povia

The 2nd song in the 2009 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival. A polemic song in which Povia tells the story of a man who became gay after a difficult situation in his life. The man, in the end, fell in love with a woman with whom he has children and gets married.

Translations:  English Spanish German 8 more

Suggested by Safyra. This song is also about two women (Cherry and Jenny), where Cherry wants Jenny to realise that she wants to be more than friends. Also note, while Cherry is voiced by a dude, this song is still about two women.

Translations:  Finnish French Turkish 4 more

Suggested by Diazepam Medina. A song performed by an openly gay singer, says that "There's more to love than boy meets girl".

Translations:  Spanish

Suggested by hariboneagle927. Song is about a bakla (or an effeminate gay man) who likens himself to a mermaid. He narrates on how he realized he was gay way back during his childhood. "Sirena" also tackles the man's relations with his father who abused him in the past for being gay and unmanly.

Translations:  English

Suggested by maluca. The song is about Matthew Shepard, who was beaten, tortured, and left to die near Laramie on the night of October 6, 1998.

Translations:  French German

Suggested by Viola Ortes. The music video shows a kid whose gender identity is not accepted.

Suggested by DarkJoshua. The song might tell the love story of two men. The lyrics have some lines that show this thematic.

Translations:  English German Spanish 6 more

Suggested by hariboneagle927. Song is about a tomboyish woman who thought herself as a lesbian since childhood later realizes that she is bisexual when she falls for a man. The woman makes an effort to become more feminine in order to win the heart of the man.

Translations:  English

Suggested by IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride. Song is about a girl who wonder how's the new life of her ex girlfriend with a man.

Suggested by IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride. Song shows a love story between two girls.

Translations:  Turkish French Hungarian

Suggested by IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride. The video is clearly about a transgender boy who wants to be a woman.

Translations:  Russian French Bosnian 1 more

Suggested by IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride. Song is about a love story between two women.

Translations:  French

Suggested by IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride.

Translations:  Spanish Serbian Italian

Suggested by Zarina01.

Translations:  Spanish Turkish Greek 16 more

Suggested by ulissescoroa. A samba song about a man who claims to have been with "all kind of women" before finding true happiness with a man.

Translations:  French English German

Suggested by notaprincess9. It doesn't specifically name a same sex relationship in the lyrics but the singer has mentioned in an interview that it is about equality and same-sex marriage.

Translations:  French Turkish Greek

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. The song is about a women accepting her bisexuality.

Translations:  Turkish Romanian Greek 4 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Holland is the first openly gay artist in South Korea.

Translations:  English Spanish Russian 10 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. The music video features a same-sex couple.

Translations:  Spanish French German 12 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. The first trans woman in Eurovision song contest . She won the 1st place in 1998.

Translations:  French English Transliteration

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Sam Smith is an openly gay artist. He wrote this song after he broke up with his boyfriend.

Translations:  Serbian Romanian Greek 16 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Trey Pearson found fame as a married, straight, Christian rock singer. Then, in 2016, he made the decision to come out publically, quickly becoming an advocate for gay Christians who crave a more accepting kind of faith.

Translations:  Chinese

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Talks about trans people . Laura Jane Grace who also sings the song is a trans female.

Translations:  Greek Italian

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Ian Axel sings about the woman he loves whereas King is singing about the man he loves.

Translations:  Spanish

Suggested by ulissescoroa. A song by openly gay Brazilian singer Johnny Hooker featuring transgender woman Liniker about self-acceptance and resistance against prejudice and violence towards the LGBT+ community in Brazil. The lyrics basically say "Baby, I'm done hiding/From looks, whispers with you/We are two men and nothing else" and "no one gets to tell us how we should love". The music video shows two deaf boys dealing with homophobia while they try to be together.

Translations:  English

Suggested by ulissescoroa. A song by transgender singer Titica who struggled against prejudice in Angola only to become the first and most relevant trans singer in the country. In the lyrics, she talks about hipocrisy and bad judgement: "being different is no offense, every one gives what they have/When we are born, we don't get to choose our parents, the most important thing is love/Today you came here to fight, would that be a lack of decency?/if you think my curves are indecent, you should do something about that liquor of yours".

Translations:  Italian Spanish English 2 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. The first single Melissa Etheridge released after coming out in 1993, this song struck a chord with lesbians and queer identifying folk everywhere.

Translations:  French Danish German

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Troye Sivan is an openly gay artist.

Translations:  Turkish Spanish Greek 11 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. A song about love and an argument in favor of marriage equality.

Translations:  Turkish

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. A lesbian love song.

Translations:  Spanish Italian Turkish 4 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Song is about lesbian love.

Translations:  Dutch German
Song | English Pink

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. The song is an open letter to then President of the United States, George W. Bush. The song criticizes several areas of Bush’s administration and terms in office, including the Iraq War, No Child Left Behind Act, opposition to gay marriage and the gay rights movement in general, perceived lack of empathy for poor and middle-class citizens, Bush’s strong religious beliefs, and Bush’s drinking and drug usage in college.

Translations:  French German Dutch 14 more

Suggested by Miley_Lovato. Selena avoids to admit she's in love with her female professor.

Translations:  Romanian Greek Russian 10 more

Suggested by Green_Sattva. In Russian it sounds like a girl is singing about her girl-friend, words are feminine

Translations:  English French

Suggested by Igeethecat.

Translations:  English German Russian 11 more

Suggested by Meteliah. Two girlfriends escape from the homophobia and enjoy.

Translations:  Spanish French Turkish 2 more

Suggested by IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride. About a love story between 2 girls and the suicide of one of them after somebody found out their realtionship.

Translations:  English

Suggested by IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride. About a girl who wanna have sex with another girl, despite she's engaged with a man.

Translations:  Turkish Finnish Serbian 4 more

Suggested by Higgs Boson. The song deals with themes of androgyny and the man himself was quite the pioneer in his prime in that matter.

Translations:  Spanish Croatian Greek 3 more
Comments
Higgs Boson    Wed, 24/01/2018 - 16:27

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Teeth smile How about I Want to Break Free by Queen? Wikipedia lists it as an LGBT song.

Alma Barroca    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 18:29

You sure can! How could I forget Renzo's song? I really like it and I relate a lot to it. Regular smile

Zarina01    Wed, 24/01/2018 - 22:40

Half of tatu's songs should be on here.

IdiotKilljoyWithoutPride    Thu, 25/01/2018 - 17:02

I can suggest you most part of Hayley Kiyoko's songs, as for example Girls Like Girls, Pretty Girl, Curious etc... Also Catey Shaw's "Night go slow" or Borgeous's "Invincible", and "Boy don't cry", made by Tokio Hotel, the video is about transgender people
Thank you for making this btw Regular smile

Sophia_    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 13:57

Don't you think that this song is offensive?

Brat    Fri, 26/01/2018 - 14:28

I've mentioned my attitude towards the song in the comments on its page. But whether it is offensive or not, it's remarkable for its priority. Look, it was written when homosexual intercourse between men (while women had no reasons to fear, BTW) was prosecuted under law in the USSR. So it's of historical value, first of all as the first public appeal regarding the problem being previously hushed up. Wink smile

Alma Barroca    Tue, 30/01/2018 - 18:55

Hi, Nadia! Thanks for the suggestion! I've only seen a couple of songs by her, but not too many... I'll give a look later on. Wink smile

Save Me Spider Man    Wed, 31/01/2018 - 06:33

Here's a couple by Wrabel

Bloodstain:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/wrabel-bloodstain-lyrics.html (the song itself doesn't directly deal with LGBT issues, but the singer is a man and uses male pronouns in his songs. the song talks about being brokenhearted and how "he doesn't know how to make a man stay")

The Village
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/wrabel-village-lyrics.html (the song talks about a trans-boy whose family doesn't accept him)

Only a Girl by Gia:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/gia-only-girl-lyrics.html (the singer is with a girl for the first time and reflects on how exciting it is and how different it is from her ex-bf because "only a girl can make me feel this way"

Strangers by Halsey:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/halsey-strangers-lyrics.html (a duet by two women, the song talks about wanting more from a casual, friends with benefits type of relationship)

Boys in the street by Greg Holden:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/greg-holden-boys-street-lyrics.html (talks about the singer's relationship with his father who doesn't want him "kissing boys in the street" but who comes to accept him in the end)

Your Life by Edit Gibson. This is more of a slam poem than a song but it's pretty good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsUp6Wd_o8I (talks about what's it like being non-binary)

She by dodie:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/dodie-she-lyrics.html (the singer is in unrequited love with a girl and she wonders if it's alright)

Gettin' Bi from the tv show Grazy Ex Girlfriend:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUDab9piv_U (a humorous song that celebrates bisexuality and breaks common misconceptions about it)

A Radio-Friendly Pop Song By Matt Fishel:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/matt-fishel-radio-friendly-pop-song-lyric... (the singer wants to make it in the music industry and is advised that he should hide his homosexuality and change the pronouns in his songs to be more "radio-friendly")

Loot    Sun, 28/01/2018 - 22:19

Macklemore:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/macklemore-same-love-lyrics.html (For example discussing stereotypes about what it means to be gay, and criticizing societal attitudes towards homosexuality)

The comedic duo Garfunkel & Oates have at least three songs that might fit:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/garfunkel-and-oates-gay-boyfriend-lyrics.... (About the benefits they perceive for a girl to have a boyfriend who's a closeted homosexual)
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/garfunkel-and-oates-sex-ducks-lyrics.html (Mocking the notion that legalizing gay marriage would inevitably lead to zoophilia getting legalized as well)
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/garfunkel-and-oates-rainbow-connections-l... (The last verse touches on the subject)

Viola Ortes    Tue, 30/01/2018 - 19:17

You can add at LGBT+ Songs:

1 Comme ils disent (french) / Quel che si dice (italian) by Charles Aznavour.
2 Trans by Enrico Ruggeri (This song tells what is like being trans and how are their lives)
3 Pierre by Pooh (wonderful masterpiece talking about a transgender)
4 Il mio amico by Anna Tatangelo (In this song Anna describes the life of her gay friend)
5 Andrea by Fabrizio De Andrè (it talks about a man who loses his beloved one in war and then suicides)

Ainoa    Tue, 30/01/2018 - 18:17

Avevo già proposto Comme ils disent ma non conoscevo la versione italiana; è bella lo stesso. Grazie per questa scoperta. Regular smile

SoPink    Wed, 31/01/2018 - 09:37

A quien le importa?  Heart
https://lyricstranslate.com/tr/Thalia-quien-le-importa-lyrics.html

The song was originally written and produced by Carlos Berlanga and Nacho Canut. Alaska y Dinarama's version of the song was later recognized as a gay anthem by the Spanish language-speaking LGBT community, even though it did not allude to it at all. The song describes a person who is criticized for being different. The question and title lyric "Who cares?" is repeated throughout the song indicating that criticism does not affect her and she will stay the way she is. (From Wikipedia)

Alma Barroca    Tue, 30/01/2018 - 18:53

Hi, folks! Thanks for the suggestions! I'm adding the songs bit by bit. Do you have any comment about the song's thematics? I'd like to add them to the collection as a way to detail the songs as well. Wink smile

Alma Barroca    Wed, 31/01/2018 - 18:53

I've just added them, thanks! I just can't add YT links to it, as content needs to have been added to LT previously before being added to a collection, though.

Viola Ortes    Tue, 30/01/2018 - 20:20

You can also add:

Un uomo da bruciare by Renato Zero (It talks about a man who is going to marry a woman just to be considered "normal". In the lyrics Renato says "non diventare un uomo da bruciare" meaning "don't waste your life trying to please the others and live your life as you are"

Per non essere così by Renato Zero (it talks of a trans person who fears living her life. She feels like she's not a woman nor a man and she regrets for her condition. It is really heartbreaking!)

Diazepan Medina    Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:33

I suggest this one: Libérate by Rafael Conde el Titi
https://lyricstranslate.com/es/el-titi-lib%C3%A9rate-lyrics.html

It explicitly encourages people to come out of the closet saying that "being sexual is not a crime", alluding to the Spanish transition days where there were many political demonstrations calling for authonomy, amnesty, etc.

Besides during the Franco days there was the "Ley de vagos y maleantes" (Idles and criminals law) which besides prostitutes, pimps and wanderers, it prosecuted the homosexuals.

maluca    Sat, 10/02/2018 - 00:20

Willie Colon - El gran varon

Alma Barroca    Thu, 15/02/2018 - 22:14

All must have been added by now. Thanks!

maluca    Fri, 16/02/2018 - 20:18

The second "It gets better" song is missing.

Sir Woody    Fri, 16/02/2018 - 21:00

Is "I kissed a girl" by Katy Perry suitable for this collection?

Alma Barroca    Fri, 16/02/2018 - 21:00

Well, I was thinking about this song fitting or not, see no problem with that.

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