When: Wed., July 5, 8 p.m.
Guinness World Record holder, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Diana Ross has released an almost unbelievable number of zeitgeist-defining love songs since she first debuted with Motown darlings the Supremes in the mid-’60s. “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and several, several others will probably live on as long as people give each other butterflies and break each other’s hearts —but her 1980 hit “I’m Coming Out” holds a special significance for many people who’ve been discouraged from expressing their love at all. With uplifting lyrics like “I’ve got to show the world / All that I want to be / There’s so much more to me ... I’m spreadin’ love / There’s no need to fear” the song, written by Chic’s Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards, was immediately adopted as a rallying cry for Ross’ many gay fans. Though Ross was originally reluctant to record it at the height of the racist and homophobic anti-disco backlash (in 2011, Rogers told Billboard he initially lied to her about the song’s actual meaning even though it was inspired by seeing the large numbers of Ross impersonators at drag shows), she’s long since embraced its place as an unofficial Pride anthem, and in 1996 the star of The Wiz performed it as a duet with RuPaul for a whole new generation of “friends of Dorothy” in West Hollywood — along with another perpetual favorite: “I Will Survive.”