Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50:
Long considered to be the “gay national anthem” of Britain, Tom Robinson Band doesn’t hold back on 1978’s Glad To Be Gay. While the song may not have the fiery energy of other protest songs, the lyrics directly call out police brutality, homophobic violence and the insistence that queer people are less than human. The group then spits in the face of all that violence, directing their audience to “sing if you’re glad to be gay.” Best lyric: “You don’t have to mince or make bitchy remarks/ To get beaten unconscious and left in the dark.”
I bought this when it came out.