The folks at Eventopedia, an online events platform that helps events professionals connect with venues, crunched the numbers and have come up with the Top 10 Songs played at same-sex weddings.
The intrepid researchers searched playlists on Spotify that included terms like ‘LGBT wedding’ and ‘gay wedding 2019’ in order to discover the most popular songs being played at LGBT nuptials.
It may not surprise you that Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” topped the list. The song, originally released in 1987, has been streamed more than 371 million times on Spotify and showed up on more LGBTQ wedding playlists than any other song.
And Miss Whitney isn’t the only diva being played at same-sex weddings.
Lady Gaga (“Born This Way”), Diana Ross (“I’m Coming Out”) and Shania Twain (“Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”) also made the gay celebration list.
Of course, there are those evergreen songs you just can’t imagine not being included at a wedding like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” the Weather Girls “It’s Raining Men,” and the Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson collaboration, “Uptown Funk.”
“Weddings are often the most significant event of people’s lives,” Toby Heelis, founder of Eventopedia, told The Gay U.K. “And having the right music to accompany it is just as important.”
Eventopedia noted that the average release date of the Top 10 was 1988, and the average song length is four minutes and six seconds.
Here’s the list of the Top 10 Songs played at same-sex weddings in 2019:
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
The two met at the academy in 2009, when Hall was a senior and Franchino was a freshman, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was still a year away from being repealed.
“We’ve experienced everything from people feeling awkward around us to being called faggots while holding hands and walking down the street, stuff like that,” Franchino told The New York Times. “But despite what we’ve been through, nothing was worse than having served during the ‘ Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ years.”
Through those years he and Hall had to keep their sexuality—and their relationship—secret.
“We couldn’t tell the truth for fear of what would happen to us,” Franchino says. “So we put it in our minds that we were never going to say we were gay. We were never going to get made fun of, and we were certainly never going to get kicked out of the Army.”
“It’s really frustrating when two people have feelings for each other but are not allowed to act on them,” he tells the Times. “We were serving under a policy that was telling all of us—perfectly capable soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines—to lie about ourselves.”
And then came the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in 2011 and a gateway to “happily ever after.”
Thirty-four military officers attended the couple’s wedding and honored them by raising their sabers in a military arch for the couple.
It’s important to note that this wasn’t the first same-sex wedding at West Point. That distinction goes to Sue Fulton and Penny Gnesin in 2012.
In 2013, Larry and Daniel Lennox-Choate became the first male same-sex couple to wed at the military academy.
A local bakery in Bakersfield, California, has received criticism for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple’s special day.
The owner of Tastries Bakery has said she chose not to create the cake because of her beliefs.
Owner Cathy Miller told reporters from the local ABC affiliate, “Here at Tastries, we love everyone. My husband and I are Christians, and we know that God created everyone and he created everyone equal. So it’s not that we don’t like people of certain groups of people, there are just certain things that violate my conscience.”
Miller also said she referred the couples to a competing bakery who would be willing to take on the order.
I can hear the haters now: “Why can’t the gays just go to another bakery? Why make a stink about this?”
That logic would be as lame as asking African-Americans in the 1960s, “Why can’t you just find another place to eat instead of my ‘Whites Only’ lunch counter?”
Check out this really fab surprise wedding in Hawaii. One of the grooms serves in the Air Force and the other just completed his enlistment in the Marine Corps.
Wedding are SO emotional 🙂
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau — the private, nonprofit marketing organization for the tourism industry — released an emotional video on Monday featuring the surprise wedding of Christian Alarid and Shayne Barnes, an Oahu couple whose family and friends traveled to Honolulu to see the two men tie the knot. The video and teasers for it quickly went viral, with more than 6.5 million total views on social media by Tuesday afternoon.
Now known as the Alarids, the two had gotten engaged last June. They had been planning a 2016 wedding and had agreed to be models in an HVCB wedding photo shoot last August on the Big Island, after which HVCB staffers had a brainstorm. What if the bureau surprised the couple by organizing a picture-perfect surprise ceremony in Honolulu?
Funny, parody video where a gay son’s parents are actually upset he doesn’t WANT a big gay wedding.
Clip description: A family threatens to disown their gay son after he reveals he and his fiance won’t have a “gay wedding”.
True story – I got married twice (to the same hot hubby Michael). We got married first in Toronto in October 2003 and then again in California in October 2008. We only did the second one because we wanted an American marriage license.
“When the anti-gay bigots like Rick Santorum are challenged on their anti-gay bigotry, or [Ted] Cruz or [Mike] Huckabee, they always point to their imaginary hypothetical gay friends who might apparently invite them to a gay wedding,” Savage told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “In Walker’s case it was his own sister, and that’s what’s so interesting about it.”