, PAPER is asking LGBTQ+ leaders to curate a playlist that make them feel proud. Whether the songs are pop bops, emotional ballads, or just plain bangers, we want to hear from some of the community's foremost figures: what songs make you feel prideful?
This week, one of New York City's LGBTQ nightlife gatekeepers,
, is taking the reigns. For the past couple of years, the only name on everyone's lips in Manhattan has been Ty Sunderland. His China Chalet party,
Heaven on Earth
, has spanned both land and sea and he's been making strides DJing parties for brands across the United States. There are very few people who have as busy of a Pride month as he does, with gigs back-to-back-to-back, but he took some time away from the 1's and 2's just for us. Now, he's telling
about the five songs that make him feel proud.
This is a bop that often doesn't get the attention it deserves as a gay anthem. It's truly about embracing who you are, or rather who you and your friends are, over a banger of an electro dance beat. What's not to love? For me, the song came out around the time that I came out, so it holds a special place in my music library and fuzzy Jack Daniels-fueled memories.
2. "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester
Sylvester is the quintessential queer icon and this song is a mega club banger for me. Every time I put it on the whole club bursts with energy. Also all royalties from his work go to San Francisco-based HIV/AIDS charities, so stream away sis!
3. "Stronger" by Britney Spears
I doubt Britney anticipated this to be a gay anthem, but it is for me, and it's a good one. There's so much strength in admitting to yourself and to the world who you are, and this song really resonates this theme. I mean she's barely singing. She's basically screaming in your ear that she is stronger than yesterday.
4. "Sweet Spot" by Kim Petras
Okay, this is a full-on banger in a world where the girls aren't making many bangers anymore. It's "Music Sounds Better With You" updated to 2019 and I stan so hard. I just can't wait to hear it all Pride week. I will be playing it at every gig I have until further notice. So bring out the confetti cannons; pop set, house set, doesn't matter. You're getting "Sweet Spot."
5. "Science" by Allie X
"Science" makes me want to make a whole playlist of bass heavy sexy-pop. It's by far my favorite track on
. It might not be a club banger, but it is def a super bop. Enjoy responsibly.