"THE GOAL OF GAY, LESBIAN, bisexual and transgender equality is at the heart of True Colors," according to the Web site for the tour that comes to Chastain Park Amphitheatre this week. In honor of that, here is a playlist, just about CD length, that moves beyond the usual suspects to musicians who are unhampered by the old definitions of "gay music." It begins with the performers on the True Colors tour — Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Tegan and Sara, and the Cliks — and you won't find a single dancefloor anthem.
Songs with a gay sensibility aren't all diva-wailing-over-big-beat, tragic and torchy old standards or an earnest female folk singer warbling over an acoustic guitar. Gay artists — and quite a few sympathetic non-gay musicians — are moving the musical goal posts, making music that covers a wide range of genres.
Cyndi Lauper — "True Colors"
The B-52s — "Private Idaho"
Tegan and Sara — "Where Does the Good Go"
The Cliks — "Oh Yeah"
The Feeling — "Rosé"
Franz Ferdinand — "Michael"
Missy Higgins — "Secret"
The Hidden Cameras — "Music Is My Boyfriend"
Story of the Year — "'Is This My Fate,' He Asked Them"
Willie Nelson — "Cowboys are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)"
Grizzly Bear — "Knife"
Amy Ray — "Late Bloom"
Final Fantasy — "The Arctic Circle"
Deerhunter — "Strange Lights"
Mark Eitzel — "Steve I Always Knew"
Joel Gibb — "That's Us/Wild Combination"
Magnetic Fields — "With Whom to Dance"
Sugar — "If I Can't Change Your Mind"
• THE 411: True Colors with Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Rosie O'Donnell and Tegan and Sara. Table set-up. $59.50-$79.50 reserved; $39.50 lawn. 7 p.m. June 16. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-249-6400, www.livenation.com • Map it and review it.
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