#KeepThatBodyStrong: 80s Gay Liberation Protest On The Dance Floor (Backstreet Detroit Playlist)
Back in the 80s, believe it or not, there was a HUGE gay revolution, years after Stonewall. Not unlike today, there was a republican president by the name of Ronald Reagan who many say did not do enough for the LGBT community, specifically during the AIDS crisis. In the UK, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, aka The Iron Lady, helped create Section 28, prohibiting local authorities from “promoting” homosexuality or gay “pretended family relationships”, and prevented councils spending money on educational materials and projects perceived to promote a gay lifestyle. And of course, Pope John Paul II had the church remove all support from gay Catholic organizations. But through it all, the gay community stayed united…and leading the way were some out, loud and proud artists/musicians that flaunted their gayness with aplomb, resisting hatred and discrimination… proving that the best way to protest hate is to get your queer in gear, and boogie!
Here’s a cool, Hi-NRG playlist that played on HEAVY rotation back-in-the-day at Backstreet nightclub in Detroit, Michigan. This was the soundtrack to an era that got many queens through some dark days, when equal rights, love and acceptance was all we wanted and deserved! (It’s just a few…sorry if your fave ain’t there…LOL)