It’s the end of Pride month but we continue to march on as we raise our rainbow flags to another year of fighting and standing together in search for equality, long overdue. In celebration of a glorious ending, and a new beginning, we rounded up 10 queer music videos released in 2017 so far. Whether they’ll cause you to dance, celebrate, cry, or be angry, these artists aren’t afraid to shout to the entire world with their music that no love can ever be tainted by who you choose to be with, and that love, indeed, is just love.
“Know Your Name” by Mary Lambert
Always the charmer, Same Love singer Mary Lambert swaggers into an arcade with her equally bad-ass posse of ladies in her Know Your Name music video, a.k.a. the queer version of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood.
“Heaven” by Troye Sivan ft. Betty Who
Caught in an embrace with his lover, interspersed with LGBT protest footage over the years, out and proud pop star Troye Sivan delivered yet another poignant queer music video, continuously making his message clear: to unapologetically be yourself because love is love.
“Sleepover” by Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley Kiyoko came out with another LGBTQ-worthy anthem, but this time it’s meant for you and that unrequited love you’ve been harboring for your best friend (who’s probably straight.) But hey, it’s all good as long as you’ve got them in your head, right?
“Beautiful Ones” by Hurts
English synth-pop duo Hurts gets real in their video for Beautiful Ones, demonstrating the unjust violence LGBTQ people continue to face today. The video plays backwards after a group of callous men run after and mercilessly beat up a transwoman in an alleyway.
“Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez’s quirky music video for Bad Liar is a rewind to the 70’s, as Gomez puts on a one-woman show where she plays your all-American teen infatuated with her female gym teacher (also played by her). She also happens to be her dad and her mom at the same time. Yes it may seem confusing but it remains deceivingly cute nonetheless.
“Symphony” by Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson
Powerful, emotional, and heartbreaking are words that describe the music video for Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s Symphony. We follow the tragic story of a conductor and his boyfriend all while Zara Larsson is ethereal in a golden gown belting out the song, accompanied by a symphony.
“Don’t Let Go” by Greg Gould (En Vogue Cover)
With 16 million Facebook views, discrimination and abuse against the LGBTQ community take center stage in Greg Gould’s music video for his cover of En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go. Painful and raw, the video undeniably speaks volumes about the community’s ongoing fight for equality.
“bbgirl” by BP Valenzuela ft. No Rome & August Wahh
Singer-songwriter bp valenzuela traipses over building rooftops with her music video girlfriend and their crew for the gorgeous video of bbgirl. With the morning sky and the city as their backdrop the mv directed by No Rome is an aesthetic dream partnered with shots of the cast singing and dancing in front of a projector.
“Wasted Youth” by Fletcher
Fletcher teams up with Youtube star Shannon Beveridge, cruising through the night as a young couple, fearless and in love, for Wasted Youth, the newest single from her debut EP Finding Fletcher.
“Thought I Was Meant For You” by Nell Bryden
Make sure to have a box of tissues ready at your side because this story of an old gay couple hoping to get married before one of them fully succumbs to dementia is the true to life tale accompanying Nell Bryden’s emotional ballad Thought I Was Meant For You.–PB&Jam