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In 2012 LGBT magazine The Advocate named Madonna the greatest gay icon in music.[1]

A gay anthem is a popular song that has become widely popular among, or has become identified with, the gay community. Not all songs labelled as "gay anthems" were written intentionally to become gay anthems, but those that do are often marked by themes of perseverance, inner strength, acceptance, pride, and unity.[2] Research in 2007 suggested that the song most commonly identified as a gay anthem is "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, and described the song as "a classic emblem of gay culture in the post-Stonewall and AIDS eras".[3][4]

Other classic gay anthems include Village People's "Y.M.C.A.",[5][6] The Weather Girls's "It's Raining Men",[7][8] Diana Ross's "I'm Coming Out",[4] and ABBA's "Dancing Queen".[2]

Themes

Mel B was shown kissing another woman in her "For Once in My Life" video, making this song a hymn of the gay community.

Although every song is individual, the criteria for what makes a gay anthem has shown a trend among the years. In the 2002 book Queer, the following ten main themes were listed that are common among many, if not all gay anthems:[7][2]

Sources of gay anthems

Madonna's "Vogue", George Michael's Fastlove, Mariah Carey's "Hero", Lisa Stansfield's The Real Thing, Ultra Naté's "Free", Janet Jackson's "Together Again", Cher's "Believe", Mylène Farmer's "Sans Contrefaçon" and "Libertine", Jessica Simpson's "I Think I'm in Love with You" and "A Public Affair", Kylie Minogue's "Spinning Around","Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "Padam Padam", Geri Halliwell's "It's Raining Men", Dannii Minogue's "I Begin to Wonder", Melanie C's "Never Be the Same Again" and "Think About It", Tamar Braxton's "Hot Sugar" and "My Man", Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", and Ariana Grande's "Break Free" are considered as gay anthems for the new generation.[2]

Through the first decade of the 21st century, chart-topping popular songs became a "refuge of unambiguous support for gay rights" in a time when legal support for LGBT rights in the US was lagging (Don't Ask, Don't Tell would be repealed in 2011, and same-sex marriage would only be fully legalized in 2015). Even before its single release, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" was predicted by Elton John to replace Gloria Gaynor's classic gay anthem "I Will Survive".[4][2] UK LGBT rights charity Stonewall named Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" the most empowering song of the 2000s decade for LGBT people.[9][10]


List of historically significant gay anthems

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.

Year released Song title Artist(s) Notes
1920 "The Lavender Song" ("Das Lila Lied") Lyrics by Kurt Schwabach [11]
1928 "Prove It On Me" Ma Rainey [12]
1929 "If Love Were All" Noël Coward Written for the operetta Bitter Sweet.[13]
1932 "Mad About the Boy" Noël Coward [12]
1937 "Easy Living" Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra [a]
"My Funny Valentine" Rodgers and Hart [15]
1938 "Lush Life" Billy Strayhorn [12]
1939 "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland Featured in the film The Wizard of Oz. Written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. This song and the film gained such a following that gay men would use the phrase "friends of Dorothy" to refer to themselves.[16][8][17][18][19][13]
1952 "Hound Dog" Big Mama Thornton [18]
1953 "Secret Love (Doris Day song)" Doris Day Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster for a well known queer coded film, Calamity Jane (film), the song was embraced by the LGBTQ+ community as an anthem for expressing the joy of gay liberation.[20] When asked about how she felt during a 2011 interview with The Advocate, she replied, "I was not aware of that, but that's wonderful."[21]
1954 "The Man That Got Away" Judy Garland [22][23]
1955 "Tutti Frutti" Little Richard [18]
1957 "Somewhere (There's a Place for Us)" From the musical West Side Story [7][8][13]
1958 "My Baby Just Cares for Me" Nina Simone [24][18]
"Secretly" Jimmie Rodgers [25]
1960 "As Long as He Needs Me" Shirley Bassey [7][8]
1962 "The Man I Love" Gene Howard [12]
"Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" Troy Walker [26][27]
1963 "Hello Stranger" Barbara Lewis [28]
1964 "You Don't Own Me" Lesley Gore [29][19][18]
1966 "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Dusty Springfield [7]
"Ballad of the Sad Young Men" Roberta Flack [30][29]
1968 "Don't Rain On My Parade" Barbra Streisand [31]
1970 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Diana Ross [7]
"Lola" The Kinks [18][12][29]
"You Don't Own Me" Dusty Springfield [29][19]
1971 "March from a Clockwork Orange" Wendy Carlos [29]
"Stonewall Nation" Madeleine Davis [32]
"It Must Be Love" Labi Siffre [29]
1972 "Walk on the Wild Side" Lou Reed [18][12][29]
"All the Young Dudes" Mott the Hoople [12]
"Friends" Bette Midler [33][34][35][36]
"Starman" David Bowie [37][38][39][29][19]
1974 "Rebel Rebel" [13][18]
"I Will Always Love You" Dolly Parton [40]
"Jolene" [41][42][43]
"Love Is the Message" MFSB [44]
"The Bitch Is Back" Elton John [45]
1975 "I Was Born This Way" Carl Bean [46]
Valentino [47][19]
"Home" Introduced by Stephanie Mills

Popularised by Diana Ross

[48]
"Landslide" Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac [49]
1976 "Dancing Queen" ABBA [50][18][17][51][7][8][19]
"The Killing of Georgie" Rod Stewart [52][12]
"Turn the Beat Around" Vicki Sue Robinson [7]
"Jolene" Dolly Parton [40]
"Somebody to Love" Queen [18][10]
1977 "I Feel Love" Donna Summer [53][18][19][50]
"Gold Dust Woman" Fleetwood Mac [49]
1978 "Got to Be Real" Cheryl Lynn [17][44]
"Baby I'm Burning" Dolly Parton [40]
"I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor [54][55][56][57][58][59][18][60][8][29][10][19][50][17][61]
"Glad to Be Gay" Tom Robinson Band [62][63][19]
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" Sylvester [18][17][8][12][19][46][59][50][61][45]
"I Love the Nightlife" Alicia Bridges [19]
"Macho Man" Village People [64][61][18]
"Y.M.C.A." [65][51][18][17][12][61]
"Last Dance" Donna Summer [10]
"I'm Every Woman" Chaka Khan [66][18][50][17]
"Pride" Grace Jones [67]
1979 "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" ABBA [8]
"Boys Keep Swinging" David Bowie [17][8][10]
"You Know How to Love Me" Phyllis Hyman [68]
"Don't Stop Me Now" Queen [29][45]
"It's My House" Diana Ross [69]
"We Are Family" Sister Sledge [70][12][50]
"Knock on Wood" Amii Stewart [71]
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand [7]
"Go West" Village People [8][12][10][19][57][72]
"Stars" Sylvester [18]
1980 "I'm Coming Out" Diana Ross [73][60][31][74][75][76][77][78][18][61][8][12][10][79][50][59][17][63]
"9 to 5" Dolly Parton [40][58]
"Private Idaho" The B-52's [29]
"Never Knew Love Like This Before" Stephanie Mills [80]
1981 "Menergy" Patrick Cowley [81][29]
"Pull Up to the Bumper" Grace Jones [82][29]
"Puerto Pollensa" Written by Marilina Ross.

First popularized by Sandra Mihanovich

[83][84]
"Tainted Love" Soft Cell [18][29]
1982 "Edge of Seventeen" Stevie Nicks [85]
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" Culture Club [18][8][45]
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Jennifer Holliday [7][68]
"It's Raining Men" The Weather Girls [7][8][10][79][56][60][50][58]
"Love My Way" The Psychedelic Furs [28]
"Right on Target" Paul Parker [86]
1983 "Church of the Poison Mind" Culture Club [29]
"This Charming Man" The Smiths [29]
"So Many Men, So Little Time" Miquel Brown [7][8]
"Relax" Frankie Goes to Hollywood [18][17][29]
"I Am What I Am" Written by Jerry Herman From the musical La Cage aux Folles.[8][87][13]
Gloria Gaynor [88]
"Holiday" Madonna [7]
1984 "Din Daa Daa" George Kranz [44]
"Smalltown Boy" Bronski Beat [89][18][7][17][79][82][50]
"Why?" [90][12]
"You Think You're a Man" Divine [91]
"I Want to Break Free" Queen [18][17][79][74][50][59][63]
1985 "Conga" Miami Sound Machine [92]
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin [7]
"How Will I Know" Whitney Houston [93][10]
"Miss Celie's Blues" Written by Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Lionel Richie Also known as "Sister" from the film The Color Purple. Sung by the character Shug to Celie in the film, this song has been called an anthem for the Black lesbian community.[13]
"Running Up That Hill" Kate Bush [24]
"So Macho" Sinitta, written by George Hargreaves [8]
1986 "¿A quién le importa?" Alaska y Dinarama Gay anthem in the Spanish-speaking world.[94][95]
"Don't Leave Me This Way" The Communards [96][97][17]
"Oh L'amour" Erasure [98]
"Libertine" Mylène Farmer Gay anthem in the French-speaking world[18]
"Kiss" Prince [99]
"True Colors" Cyndi Lauper [100][101][18][74][10][79][75][50][17][61]
1987 "Seven Wonders" Fleetwood Mac [49]
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Whitney Houston [102][103][51][79][50][78][61]
"It's a Sin" Pet Shop Boys [24]
"Sans contrefaçon" Mylène Farmer Gay anthem in the French-speaking world
1988 "A Little Respect" Erasure [17][82][7][66][77]
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" Belinda Carlisle [28][103]
"Fast Car" Tracy Chapman [104][85][29][75]
"Mujer contra mujer" ("Une femme avec une femme") Mecano Gay anthem in the Spanish and French-speaking world.[105][106][107][108]
1989 "Work That Pussy" (Boom Boom remix) Ellis D [44]
"Elements of Vogue" (David DePino mix) David Xtravaganza and Johnny Dynell
"Deep in Vogue" Malcolm McLaren
"Let's Go" Fast Eddie
"In Private" Dusty Springfield [17]
"Express Yourself" Madonna [109][29][50][78]
"Like a Prayer" [51]
"If I Could Turn Back Time" Cher [17][110][75][58]
"Closer to Fine" Indigo Girls [111][18][17][75]
"Part of Your World" (from the film The Little Mermaid) Composed by Ashman and Menken

Introduced by Jodi Benson

[112][113][114][115][116][117]
1990 "Vogue" Madonna [18][89][8][12][79][109][78][17][45]
"Freedom! '90" George Michael [79][61][17][110][10][29][74][76][75][50][77][45]
"Show Me Love" Robin S. [82]
1991 "Finally" CeCe Peniston [17][7][51]
"Better The Devil You Know" Kylie Minogue [118]
"In My Life" Bette Midler [33][35][36]
"Losing My Religion" R.E.M. [119]
"Justified and Ancient" The KLF and Tammy Wynette [56]
1992 "Constant Craving" K.d. lang [18][17][79]
"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" Sophie B. Hawkins [10]
"Supermodel (You Better Work)" RuPaul [61][10][79][76][45][120]
"Deeper and Deeper" Madonna [121][82]
1993 "Come to My Window" Melissa Etheridge [17][111][85][79][75][77]
"Yes I Am" [111]
"I'm Every Woman" (theme from the film The Bodyguard) Whitney Houston [46]
"Rebel Girl" Bikini Kill [122][18][17]
1994 "A Deeper Love" Aretha Franklin [31][123][50][76]
"100% Pure Love" Crystal Waters [124]
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey [125][51]
1995 "Everlasting Love" Gloria Estefan [92]
"I Kissed a Girl" Jill Sobule [126][74]
"Fastlove" George Michael [66]
"Jesus to a Child" [18][99]
"Waterfalls" TLC
"I Am the Body Beautiful" Salt N Pepa [79]
1996 "Cunty" Kevin Aviance [127]
"Seasons of Love" (theme from the musical Rent) Introduced in the musical Rent [128][129]
"Take Me or Leave Me" Idina Menzel and Fredi Walker [110][17][85][130]
"Wannabe" Spice Girls [131]
1997 "Fly Life" Basement Jaxx [44]
"Free" Ultra Naté [7][50]
"Together Again" Janet Jackson [51][103][7][99][10][77][79]
"Close My Eyes" Mariah Carey [132]
"Outside" Mariah Carey [132]
"One More Hour" Sleater-Kinney [10]
1998 "Heaven's What I Feel" Gloria Estefan [92]
"Believe" Cher [133][51][103][10][79][58][78][134]
"Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" (Hex Hector remix) Deborah Cox [135]
"The Origin of Love" Introduced in Hedwig and the Angry Inch [17][110][136][130]
"The Boy Is Mine" Brandy & Monica [51][103][137][138]
"Outside" George Michael [8]
1999 "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" Shania Twain [139][51][103][61]
"Waiting for Tonight" Jennifer Lopez [140][141][51][92][103][137][138]
"Strong Enough" Cher [142][50]
"Heartbreaker" Mariah Carey [51]
"It's Not Right but It's Okay" (Thunderpuss remix) Whitney Houston [143][51][103][79][142][61]
2000 "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" Mariah Carey [144]
"Let's Get Loud" Jennifer Lopez [77][92][141]
"Spinning Around" Kylie Minogue [145]
"Proud" Heather Small [50]
"Stronger" Britney Spears [146][147][148]
"Sobreviviré" Mónica Naranjo [149]
2001 "Lady Marmalade" (theme from the film Moulin Rouge!) Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Lil' Kim and Pink [51][103][7][150]
Song for the Lonely" Cher [77]
"It's Raining Men" (theme from the film Bridget Jones's Diary) Geri Halliwell [17][7][8]
"Keep on Livin'" Le Tigre [17]
"Murder on the Dancefloor" Sophie Ellis-Bextor [151]
"There You'll Be" (theme from the film Pearl Harbor) Faith Hill [7]
"Your Disco Needs You" Kylie Minogue [152][72]
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" [8][153][154][145]
2002 "¿A quién le importa?" Thalía Gay anthem in the Spanish-speaking world and cover of the Alaska and Dinarama song from 1986.[155][156][18]
"Beautiful" Christina Aguilera [157][158][159][160][18][17][147][74][50]
"Love at First Sight" Kylie Minogue [152][51][103][145][17]
"No More Drama" (Thunderpuss remix) Mary J. Blige [161]
2003 "Defying Gravity" Idina Menzel [162]
"Fighter" Christina Aguilera [77]
"Me Against the Music" Britney Spears featuring Madonna [146]
"Dragostea Din Tei" O-Zone [163]
"Mr. Brightside " The Killers [164]
2004 "Take Your Mama" Scissor Sisters [8][50]
2005 "Hung Up" Madonna [165]
2006 "Listen" Beyoncé [166][167]
"Freakum Dress" [131]
"Stars Are Blind" Paris Hilton [51][103][137][138]
"The Best of Both Worlds" Hannah Montana [168][169]
"Buttons" The Pussycat Dolls [51][103][131]
"Todos Me Miran" Gloria Trevi Gay anthem in the Spanish-speaking world[170][171][172]
2007 "Get Me Bodied" Beyoncé [68][137]
"Gimme More" Britney Spears [51][103][35][36][173][146]
"Untouched" The Veronicas [174]
"My Love Is Pink" Sugababes [175]
"Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)" Groove Armada and Mutya Buena [176]
"Into the New World" Girls' Generation [177][178]
2008 "The Promise" Girls Aloud [179]
2009 "Untouchable" [180]
"She Wolf" Shakira [181][51][141]
2010 "We R Who We R" Kesha [182][74][77][147][183][78]
"All The Lovers" Kylie Minogue [184][10][145][17][103][59][109][110][93][152][77]
"Get Outta My Way" [185][51][103]
"Firework" Katy Perry [17][110][147][183][74][75][77][78]
"Raise Your Glass" Pink [18][17][182][74][77][147][183][78]
"Dancing on My Own" Robyn [186][10][51][85][110][138][78][147][75][103][183][18][148][17][150]
"Y'all Get Back Now" Big Freedia [150]
2011 "Born This Way" Lady Gaga [10][187][150][188][61][189][85]
[60][74][147][183][75][59][50][76][77][190][18][78][17][63][45]
"Feels Like" DJ MikeQ [127]
"Till the World Ends" Britney Spears Some parts are written by Kesha and Female Fatale remix featured Kesha and Nicki Minaj[35][36]
"Run The World (Girls)" Beyoncé [191][10][147]
"Love On Top" [51][103][137][191]
2012 "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen [192][75]
"Euphoria" Loreen [193] [194][195][196]
"Flatline" Sugababes [176]
"Same Love" Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert [197][198][18][147][183][50][190]
"Thinkin Bout You" Frank Ocean [10][199][183][190]
"Let's Have a Kiki" Scissor Sisters [17][147][183][188][75][77]
2013 "Land of Lola" Billy Porter [136][200][201][130][17]
"Raise You Up/Just Be" [202][17][110][130]
"Follow Your Arrow" Kacey Musgraves [203][18][17][74][183]
"People Like Us" Kelly Clarkson [204][205][17]
"Closer" Tegan and Sara [85][183][188][75][78][45]
"She Keeps Me Warm" Mary Lambert [77]
"Brave" Sara Bareilles [17][74][77][147][183][78]
"Girls / Girls / Boys" Panic! at the Disco [206][207][208][209][210][188][74][183][77]
"Let It Go" Idina Menzel [211][212][213][214][17][112][113][116][183]
"Work Bitch" Britney Spears [10][183][215][216][217][51][103][146][35][36]
2014 "True Trans Soul Rebel" Against Me! [147][17][12][74][188][75][190]
"Break Free" Ariana Grande [218][103][183]
"Born An Angel" Afida Turner [219][220]
"Really Don't Care" Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd [221][222]
"Sissy That Walk" RuPaul [223][224][225][17][188][74][110][120]
2015 "Beauty Never Lies" Bojana Stamenov [226][227]
"Run Away with Me" Carly Rae Jepsen [51][103][173][192][183][228]
"Cool for the Summer" Demi Lovato [229][103][51][138][183][78][182][45]
"Girls Like Girls" Hayley Kiyoko [230][18][78][182][61][45]
"King" Years & Years [183]
2016 "Secret Love Song, Pt II" Little Mix [231][232][224]
"Vroom Vroom" Charli XCX [61]
"Work from Home" Fifth Harmony [51][103][137]
"Into You" Ariana Grande [138][51][103][143][137][183][134]
"Only a Girl" Gia Woods [61]
"Formation" Beyoncé [233][234][235][236][237][238][51][191][183]
"Hold Up" [239]
"Sorry" [191][239]
"Change" Christina Aguilera [240][241][242]
"Telepathy" [243][244][245]
"Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" Dua Lipa [246]
"Touch" Little Mix [51][103][224][232]
"LGBT" CupcakKe [18]
"All In" Monsta X [247]
Tomodachi Hikaru Utada [248]
2017 "Loving Someone" The 1975 [249][250]
"The Joke" Brandi Carlile [251][252][147][188]
"Heart Attack" Chuu [253][254][255][256]
"Cut to the Feeling" Carly Rae Jepsen [257][148][17][60][10][147][192][228][78]
"New Rules" Dua Lipa [258][259][10][183]
"Chanel" Frank Ocean [260][261][262][150][18][199][78]
"Power" Little Mix [263][224]
"Boys" Charli XCX [264][265][259][61]
"Call Me Mother" RuPaul [266][120][259]
"This Is Me" (theme from the film The Greatest Showman) Keala Settle [267][268][269][270][271][74]
"Honey" Kehlani [272][45]
"Heaven" Troye Sivan and Betty Who [273][274][275][276][277][278]
"Mystery of Love" (theme from the film Call Me by Your Name) Sufjan Stevens [279][280]
"Visions of Gideon"
2018 "Curious" Hayley Kiyoko [61]
"Home" (cover of The Wiz song) (from the drama series Pose) MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter [93]
"Strawberries & Cigarettes" Troye Sivan [281][282][283][278][198]
"My My My!" [263][278][78][45]
"Bloom" [284][18][12][252][17][188][110][29][183][278][150]
"Make Me Feel" Janelle Monae [285][286][287][18][17][188][29][183][75][78][272]
"Pynk"
"No Tears Left to Cry" Ariana Grande [99][78][124]
"Thank U, Next" [288][289][290]
"I'm Not Afraid" Holland [291][292][293]
"Rainbow" Kacey Musgraves [294][51][103][50]
"Immaterial" Sophie [61]
"Colour" MNEK and Hailee Steinfeld [295][296][188][189][263]
"Why Did You Do That?" Lady Gaga [134]
2019 "On a Roll" Ashley O [297][51][103]
"Break Up (Bye Bye)" The Frock Destroyers [298][299][300]
"Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels" Todrick Hall [301][93][183]
"Don't Start Now" Dua Lipa [302][303][143][258][78]
"Show Yourself" Idina Menzel [304][305][306]
"A Little Bit Alexis" Annie Murphy [307][308][309]
"Lights Up" Harry Styles [310][311][312][313][314]
"You Need to Calm Down" Taylor Swift [315][183][78]
"Flash Pose" Pabllo Vittar feat. Charli XCX [61]
2020 "Betty" Taylor Swift [316][317][318]
"Physical" Dua Lipa [319][51][103][143][258][302]
"Man's World" Marina Diamandis [320]
"Rain On Me" Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande [321][322][51][103][31][173][315][263][78][182]
"Supernova" Kylie Minogue [63]
2021 "Younger Me" Brothers Osborne [323][324]
"Agatha All Along" Kathryn Hahn [325][326][327][103]
"Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" Lil Nas X [328][18][17][78][182][150][61]
"UK Hun?" United Kingdolls [103][326]
"Come Through" Priyanka feat. Lemon [61]
"Walk" Saucy Santana [61]
"Let Them Know" Mabel [329]
2022 "Boyfriend" Dove Cameron [330][331][61][332]
"This Hell" Rina Sawayama [333][334]
"Cozy" Beyoncé [332][335][336][18]
"Heated"
"Pure/Honey" [127]
"Bad Habit" Steve Lacy [332][337][338][339][340]
"Unholy" Sam Smith feat. Kim Petras [332][340][341][18][61]
2023 "Let Loose" Loosey LaDuca [342]
"Not Strong Enough" Boygenius [342]
"Because of You" Gustaph [343][344]
"Padam Padam" Kylie Minogue [345][346][347][134][348][349][342]
"Rush" Troye Sivan [350][351][342]
"Speed Drive" Charli XCX [352][348]
"Float" Janelle Monáe [353]
"Lipstick Lover" [354][355]
"Ice Slippin Omar Apollo [356][342]
"Got Me Started" Troye Sivan [342]
"Loveher" Romy [357][358]
"Red Wine Supernova" Chappell Roan [45][342]
"One of Your Girls" Troye Sivan [359][355]
2024 "Yes, And?" Ariana Grande [360][361][362]
"Good Luck, Babe!" Chappell Roan [363]
"Legs (Keep Dancing)" Vanessa Williams [364][365][366][367]
"Lunch" Billie Eilish [368][369][370]
"Birds of a Feather" [370]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Easy Living" is referenced twice in the plot of the novel The Price of Salt (aka Carol): "[Therese] whistled part of it, and Carol smiled. '"Easy Living,"' Carol said. 'That's an old one.'"; and "Therese played "Easy Living" a couple of times, and Carol sat across the room watching her, sitting on the arm of a chair with her arms folded."[14]

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