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Sounds of Pride: “We Are Family,” our “Family” Anthem

Gay Pride without Sister Sledge’s 1979 classic “We Are Family” would be like a birthday cake without candles.  It adds instant excitement and sparkle to the celebration.  The Gold Record single went to #1 on Billboards R&B and Dance Club Songs charts; and #2 on the Top 100 (behind Donna Summer’s #1 “Hot Stuff”).

Sister Sledge performing for Pope Francis during the “Festival of Families” in Philadelphia, 2015. Photograph: Matt Rourke/EPA

In 2015 Sister Sledge was asked to perform their disco hit for none other than Pope Francis when he visited Philadelphia.  Last year, “We are Family” was preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for its “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”  And it will top our Pride Playlist for years to come.


 (Main photo credit: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Previous posts from theOUTfront series “Sounds of Pride –The Music of Community, Love, and Equality”

Celebrating 25 years of RuPaul’s “Supermodel”

Frankie Says, “RELAX” (Banned Video) 

When “It’s Raining Men,” It Pours! 

Across the Footlights of Broadway  

Pet Shop Boys, “Go West” 


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