Loud and Proud: Turning Up the Pride with the Fab Five
Pride Month is already operating at full blast across the United States—and there’s plenty of room to keep turning it up. As the celebrations continue across the globe with parades, festivals, and community events, there’s one place everyone can turn for the sounds of Pride: Spotify.com/Pride.
The Hub celebrates Pride through the music of artists who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer, and their allies. So who better to help curate our party platform than Queer Eye’s Fab Five? This year, the cast of Netflix’s hit show are participating in a Spotify Pride Hub takeover and digital experience.
On the show, five gay men—culinary specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, hair stylist Jonathan Van Ness, fashion guru Tan France, and culture expert Karamo Brown—are enlisted to perform complete makeovers on nominated men, forming connections and learning about their shared bonds as humans in the process.
So, in addition to the Pride Classics playlist and the Global Pride playlist of LGBTQ artists around the world, Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Tan, and Karamo have added their tasteful touches by highlighting the music that most inspires and empowers them to proudly live at full volume.
Check them out—then head over to Spotify.com/QueerEye to find out which member of the Fab Five you are most like, based on your musical taste.
And just as each Fab Five member has a specialty ranging from cuisine to culture, each also has a defining life story, journey and song that helped him feel free to be who he is. We asked the guys to tell us about a song on their playlist that empowers and speaks to them during Pride Month and throughout the year. (We asked them for makeovers too, but they were a little busy with Pride Month festivities.)
Is there a song that helped you discover/realize your identity? Can you share the story behind that song?
Antoni Porowski: “Being Boring” by the Pet Shop Boys. When I first saw the music video for this song, there was something so carefree and innocent about the people in the video. They are completely nude, so there are no barriers and they just seem free of constraints. It’s done so tastefully. This song is something I closely attribute to my coming out and being free.
What does celebrating Pride mean to you? How do the songs on your playlist display that?
Bobby Berk: Celebrating Pride is the way we remember the struggles that came before us that paved the way for the freedoms we now have. The songs in my playlist are really about empowerment and the perfect anthem to head into Pride, remembering the champions that got us here.
What song on the playlist would people find the most surprising? Why?
Tan France: I think people would be surprised to see “I’m Better” by Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliot. People tend to think Brits are all stuffy, but I absolutely love this song. It’s a side of me that I’d like people to know. And it’s killer for when you’re on the treadmill!
What song on the playlist picks you up when you’re down? What’s the story behind that?
Karamo Brown: “I’m a Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. At my first Pride, I heard them sing and felt empowered and proud.
Jonathan Van Ness: “7/11” by Beyoncé. There is something about a strong beat served by Queen B that makes me feel my innermost power. She is a shining example of being a strong, hardworking artist that I can always look up to to slay me off my damn feet. Yay pride, yay Bey.
As you’re enjoying the beat of your favorite Pride Month hits, make sure to turn up the sound on your Spotify player and keep an eye out for some hidden Pride features! No matter who you are or what music you listen to, always take the opportunity to turn it up and live your life at full volume.