In celebration of Pride Month, Mexican singer-songwriter Georgel is honoring and amplifying black queer artists who have inspired and empowered him throughout his career.
The “Que No Nos Importe” singer shared exclusively with Billboard his ultimate pride playlist, which includes songs such as “Pink + White” by Frank Ocean, Todrick Hall’s “Boys” and RuPaul’s “Cover Girl,” citing the drag star as “the Oprah of gay culture in my generation.”
During Pride Month, the openly gay singer also took to social media to commemorate the Pulse nightclub shooting victims who died four years ago. In a poignant and heartfelt post, Georgel calls for unity and peace.
“It was the biggest massacre of the century against the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. We will never forget,” he wrote on Instagram. “I want us to remember all the victims of this terrible act of discrimination that took place during pride month. We are living in a crucial moment in history and to stay silent in acts of racism is not an option. We are united with George Floyd to tell the world that #BlackLivesMatter and that we’re all made of love and that’s the greatest force that will save the world.”
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Hace exactamente 4 años de la masacre mas grande del siglo contra la comunidad LGBTQ+ en los Estados Unidos! Y no lo olvidamos! Quiero hacer un llamado para recordar a todxs lxs victimas de este terrible acto de discriminación que irónicamente se llevo acabo en el Mes de Pride ! Estamos viviendo un momento crucial en la historia de la humanidad y quedarnos callados y tolerar actos de discriminación/racismo ya no es una opción. Estamos unidxs con #GeorgeFloyd para gritarle al mundo que #blacklivesmatter que todxs estamos hechxs de amor y que esa es la fuerza mas grande que puede salvar a este mundo. #neverforget #pulsenightclub #orlandoshooting #pridemonth
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Below, check out Georgel’s ultimate pride playlist.
Mabiland, “Cuánto Más”
“Spanish R&B, rap and those soulful vibes! I love that this song sings about that lasting love and to celebrate pride with this track is to celebrate love.”
The Internet feat. Kaytranada, “Girl”
“‘Tell them you’re my girl.’ To invite that one person you love to take the risk of telling the world [about us]! This song is a great inspiration of my song ‘Que No Nos Importe.”
Bessie Smith, “Nobody Knows When Your’e Down and Out”
“This song is about that moment when things can’t get any worse, so they get better. When I feel everything is falling apart, I like to listen to this song and value the people that are there for me at all times.”
Tracy Chapman, “Give Me One reason”
“This song is to snap your fingers at anyone to let them know your worth and never forget it … Snap!
Vincint, “Be Me”
“‘I was waiting on me to be me.’ The greatest barriers to being our authentic selves are placed by us.”
Lil Nas X,” Old Town Road”
“With this song, he invented a new genre! This song to me represents that fierceness you need to do things you way.”
Mykki Blanco, “Wish You Would”
“I discovered Mykki not too long ago and I’m obsessed. This track has confidence. We need that confidence and empowerment in our lives!”
Frank Ocean, “Pink + White”
This track has swag, soul, nature, beautiful harmonies, retro and something new! I love to wake up to a song like this one.”
Todrick Hall, “Boys”
“Mom, I like boys and they like me too …’ The best way to come out of the closet: simple and to the point!”
Janelle Monae, “Make MeFeel”
“I had never heard of a song that fuses ’70s punk with modern electronic music in such an organic way! Without a doubt, one the sexiest songs and one of my favorites to cover during my shows. I do a mashup with my song ‘Colibrí,’ it’s really fun.”
RuPaul, “Cover Girl”
“This song is the definition of feeling fabulous! RuPaul has to be included because to me, he is the Oprah of gay culture in my generation. My most delicious guilty pleasure!