Music

12 heartwarming, life-affirming music videos to watch during Pride

Revisit these Canadian songs by Tegan and Sara, Rufus Wainwright, Vivek Shraya, Charlotte Day Wilson and more.

Revisit these Canadian songs by Tegan and Sara, Rufus Wainwright, Vivek Shraya, Charlotte Day Wilson and more

What's your favourite Canadian music video that puts queerness in the limelight? (Meghan Tansey Whitton, Ria Mae/Facebook, Witch Prophet/Facebook; design by CBC Music)

Music has always been an important means of expression for queer artists and their fans, a way not only to celebrate diversity but also to advocate for the representation and equality that the LGBTQ community is still denied in many sectors.

With Pride celebrations happening across Canada in the coming weeks and months, it's the perfect time to watch and rewatch the best music videos from queer artists and allies. We've gathered a selection of our Canadian favourites, in reverse chronological order, below.

What's your favourite Canadian music video that puts queerness in the limelight? Let us know on Twitter @CBCMusic.


T. Thomason claims Bruce Cockburn's 'Lovers in a Dangerous Time' as a new queer anthem


Charlotte Day Wilson celebrates unabashed queerness in 'Keep Moving'


Vivek Shraya reclaims her agency in 'I'm a fag 4 u' (and its remixes)


Sporting a sequined tank top, Rufus Wainwright channels Judy Garland in 'Over the Rainbow'


Tika accepts 'Soothing Love' from some adoring mermaids


Non La uses humour to say he's 'Not in Love' with racial fetishizing in the gay community


Kimmortal is founder of the 'Sad Femme Club,' the coolest group of radical, racialized queer folks


Wild Black sets up joyous, dance party-filled summer camp for a 'Moon Star Lover'


Carly Rae Jepson gives room service a whole new meeting in 'Party for One'


Witch Prophet is a 'Time Traveler' with Lido Pimienta, celebrating the power of queer women and queer family


Ria Mae gets a 'Gold' star for great makeout scenes and depicting lesbian love in a way that's rarely seen in music videos


Tegan and Sara throw a karaoke party to get everyone a little bit 'Closer'

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