A gay anthem is a popular song that has become widely popular among, or has become identified with, the gay community, particularly homosexual men, although some of these songs may also become anthems for the rest of the LGBT community. According to the New York Times, multiple top-charting popular songs have become a "refuge of unambiguous support for gay rights". One example is Raise Your Glass by Pink. The connection between gay culture and popular music stretches back to at least the 1970s, when "Artists and producers became conscious of speaking to a gay audience in code that straight audiences wouldn’t understand".
The lyrics of gay anthems are often marked with hope against the odds, pride, unity, or defiance. UK LGBT rights charity Stonewall named Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" the most empowering song of the 2000s decade for LGBT people. The song most commonly identified as a gay anthem is I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, described as "a classic emblem of gay culture in the post-Stonewall and AIDS eras and arguably disco’s greatest anthem." The song Y.M.C.A. by The Village People is also widely regarded as a gay anthem.
- Hawgood, Alex (November 5, 2010). "For Gays, New Songs of Survival". New York Times. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Media: Current Releases". stonewall.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- Hubbs, Nadine (May 2007). "‘I Will Survive’: musical mappings of queer social space in a disco anthem". Popular Music 26 (2): 231–244.
- "Y.M.C.A.byThe Village People". songfacts.com. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Almighty presents Gay Anthems". discogs. Retrieved 21 April 2014.