The anticipated return of Atlanta Pride is among us, and it feels absolutely fabulous. We thought we’d honor this special weekend in the ATL with a little music round-up, so crank up the volume y’all, it’s Pride weekend!
From the biggest LGBTQ+ icons with roots in Atlanta, to artists that’ve once called the ATL home, keep scrolling for the ultimate Atlanta Pride playlist. Atlanta Pride is taking place on October 8-9 2022, but you can listen and support these queer artists all-year-long.
Disclaimer: There may be strong language featured in certain songs and viewer discretion is advised
1. Lil Nas X
It would be a great injustice to create this playlist and not include the indisputable LGBTQ+ icon that is Lil Nas X. With an acclaimed debut under his belt and a revolutionary relationship with the meme scene, the only way is up for this Atlantan queer hero. Lil Nas, or Montero, which is the title of his debut album, was born in Lithia Springs and also lived in Austell through adolescence.
2. Bob The Drag Queen
The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season eight may have become a drag superstar while living in NYC, but the beloved comedian has roots in Colombus, Georgia. Check out Bob the Drag Queen’s debut single Purse First above.
RuPaul may not be from the ATL, but the larger-than-life drag personality founded part of his queer identity here in Atlanta. He moved here with his sister in the eighties, when he was fifteen years old. He studied performing arts in the city, before eventually moving to NYC and becoming the biggest name in the artform of drag.
4. Big Freedia
Big Freedia’s roots in New Orleans make her a Southern icon. The undisputed Queen of Bounce is headlining Atlanta Pride weekend at the free festival in Piedmont Park, along with other artists like Betty Who, Flo Rida, and more! For more information on Atlanta Pride, click here.
5. Kylie Sonique Love
It’s almost impossible to curate this playlist without throwing in another RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni. Kylie Sonique Love is the winner of Drag Race All Stars season six and was the first openly trans woman to win the American version of the franchise. Watch her tribute to another Southern queer hero above, Dolly Parton!
With hyper-pop becoming an integral part of mainstream music, no-one is reforming the ATL music scene like Naomi, with her bold electronic pop sound. Check out her latest song Love Keeps Calling!
7. Janelle Monae
Another honoree Atlantan has made the list and it’s no other than Janelle Monae. Born in Kansas City, Monae moved to the ATL for college and has been shooting to the stars ever since, with impeccable versatility seen throughout her sound and visuals.
7. Oliver TwiXt
One of the many independent artists in Atlanta that will undoubtedly switch up the scene, Oliver TwiXt has solidified himself as queer rap royalty. Check out his recent remix of Nicki Minaj’s recent smash hit Super Freaky Girl with Samii Austin, Knubian & Dreshon.
Just like Big Freedia, international DJ Regard will be performing at Atlanta Pride’s 2022 music festival. Check out their recent collaboration with British queer musician Years and Years. Click the link below for more information on Atlanta Pride weekend.