Pride Playlists: Margaret Cho

June means many things to many people — the end of school, the beginning of spring, Father’s Day. Here at Flavorpill, we’re also celebrating LGBT Pride Month. It’s an intense moment for queer rights, from the frustratingly slow progress our federal government has made on repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the two-steps-forward-three-steps-back fight for same-sex marriage. And tough times call for great music. That’s why we’ve asked several of our favorite LGBT musicians to put together non-traditional pride playlists to soundtrack this year’s festivities. You know, so we don’t have to endure hour after hour of “I’m Coming Out.”

Our third mix comes from one of the 21st century’s greatest gay icons. Best known as a wildly popular comedian, Margaret Cho has also been an actress, burlesque star, bellydancer, filmmaker, clothing designer, and political activist. And on August 24, she will release Cho Dependent, a comedy music album featuring collaborations with everyone from Fiona Apple and Ani DiFranco to Andrew Bird and Kevin Barnes. Cho’s playlist is a compilation of straight-up anthems with delightful feminist overtones.

1. “Last of the Famous International Playboys” — Morrissey
What to listen to while getting ready for Pride
2. “Empire State of Mind — Jay-Z
Only for New York Pride
3. “Naked Eye” — Luscious Jackson
One for the ladies
4. “The Con” — Tegan and Sara
Only like my favorite song in the whole world
5. “Oh L’amour” — Erasure
Pretty much the most beautiful song ever
6. “True Colors” — Cyndi Lauper
Kind of an anthem
7. “Vogue” — Madonna
If “True Colors” is the “Star-Spangled Banner” of gay pride, then “Vogue” is “America the Beautiful.”
8. “Criminal” — Fiona Apple
Because we have all been bad, bad girls
9. “Love and Affection” — Joan Armatrading
Another one for the ladies
10. “Supersonic” — JJ Fad
Just because
11. “Seven Nation Army” — The White Stripes
‘Cuz I just love ‘em

Photo by Lindsey Byrnes