All Pride Month, we’re asking our friends, family, coworkers, and influential voices in the community to share their favorite Pride empowerment anthems — the songs they turn to when they need inspiration, reassurance, or energy.

Throughout the month we’ll be updating the playlist and encouraging listeners to donate to our community partners who do amazing work to support the LGBTQ+ community in Portland and beyond.

“For me, Pride is about celebration, which means dancing. My favorite dance song when I was coming out was “You Spin Me Round” performed by Dead or Alive.”

— Tina Kotek, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
Song: “You Spin Me Round” by Dead or Alive

“This song speaks volume when I was going through my own coming out journey. As the chorus reads: 

‘I’m just the same as I was / Now don’t you understand / I’m never changing who I am’

This message is exactly what I wanted to rely to my friends and family when I came out to them as I am still the same person I’ve always been, even if my sexual orientation is different, and that will never change!”

— Jeremy, Trail Blazers Youth Coach
Song: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons

“[Make Me Feel] is a “coming out” anthem for the newest generation of queers. Paying tribute to her mentor and queer icon, Prince, Janelle Monáe hits the notes of love and freedom in the 22nd century.”

— Aimee, Production Artist
Song: “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monaé

“I turn to queer pop queen Polartropica for inspiration and daily encouragement. Their album Dreams Come True is full of utopic femme futurism!”

— Joni Renee Whitworth; Artist/Founder Future Prarie
Song: “In Another Life” by Polartropica

“In addition to supporting the LGBTQ+ community, Stevie Nicks is an unofficial “official” gay icon. Her music lifted me up and kept me company during those awkward teenage years (and beyond) when I was figuring myself out. She is a powerful, independent woman who has been honest in her own journey and struggles-that has always super resonated with me. Her music will always pull me out of any funk I might be in and inspires me to stay on the journey.”

— Debra Porta, Executive Director, Pride NW
Song: “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac

“Beth Ditto is a goddess. It’s so empowering and that driving beat gets me.”

— Myra Long, Naturopathic Doctor
Song: “Heavy Cross” by Gossip

“This Mountain” is an empowering song that can be applied to so many situations. In it, Faouzia describes the struggle of trying in the face of failure, believing in yourself when nobody else does, and achieving your goals when people are waiting for you to fail. These are themes that so many queer people experience in so many aspects of their lives, and it’s definitely on my heavy rotation playlist.

— Diana Fire (Performer, Drag Queen)
Song: “This Fire” by Faouzia

Support local LGBTQ+ organizations!

Q Center provides community-based support for LGBTQ2SIA+ community members seeking connection and resources.

The mission of Pride Northwest, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is to encourage and celebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities, and to assist in the education of all people through the development of activities that showcase the history, accomplishments, and talents of these communities.

SMYRC provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, counseling, education, and more.

Basic Rights Oregon will ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories.