Gay anthems every day until Stonewall 50:
To this day, queer youth are still highly at risk of being thrown out of their homes for coming out. But in 1984, it was unheard of for a band to openly sing about that fact — until Bronski Beat released “Smalltown Boy.”
The song follows the story of a young man uprooting himself from his home out of fear of persecution, as he prepares for the struggle he will face in the future.
The song called to attention the fear and loathing faced by LGBTQ youth everywhere, making it a proper act of protest. Best lyric: “And as hard as they would try they’d hurt to make you cry/ But you never cried to them, just to your soul.”