Here’s a Pride Playlist to Make Your Next Workout Extra Gay

The news recently has been tough, particularly for folks who care about bodily autonomy: Trans youth are under attack across the U.S., Pride events and drag shows have been the targets of threats and violence, and the Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade. As a queer woman, I feel pretty scared right now. Still, I’ve found the best way to cope in times like this is to both let myself feel my fear and despair, and also look for moments of joy and rest that will give me the energy to keep advocating for a better, healthier, safer world.

So heading into Pride weekend, I’m doing my best to center queer joy, community, and freedom of expression. With that in mind, I put together a playlist of absolute bangers from queer and trans artists for anyone who could really use a great workout (or just a great solo dance party in the shower) right now. We all deserve to feel free and at home in our bodies, and movement can be a powerful way to do that. The SELF editors will be creating many more workout playlists for you all in the coming weeks, but this felt like a great one to start with.


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The full playlist: 

Sometimes — From “Fire Island” (Muna)

This Hell (Rina Sawayama)

Higher (Vincint, Alex Newell, Princess Precious)

Material Girl (Saucy Santana)

Coconuts (Kim Petras)

Booty-Whop (Big Freedia)

That’s What I Want (Lil Nas X)

Bodies (The Knocks, Muna)

Jenny (Studio Killers, Kim Petras)

Lucid (Rina Sawayama)

Montero — Call Me By Your Name (Lil Nas X)

Easy (Troye Sivan, Kacey Musgraves, Mark Ronson)

On the Regular (Shamir)

On Hold (The xx)

Girls girls girls (Fletcher)

Screwed (Janelle Monae feat. Zöe Kravitz)

Cool for the Summer (Demi Lovato)

See You Again (Miley Cyrus)

Sissy That Walk (RuPaul)

Lost (Frank Ocean)

Naked in Manhattan (Chappell Roan)

Kill the Lights (Alex Newell, Jess Glynne, DJ Cassidy, Nile Rodgers, Audien)

Closer (Tegan and Sara)

My My My! (Troye Sivan)

On the Floor (Perfume Genius)