Before “Born This Way”

BY Advocate.com Editors

February 15 2011 3:15 AM ET

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1. “I Am What I Am” by Albin in La Cage Aux Folles, 1983

This first act finale, written by out composer Jerry Herman for his landmark drag queen musical, became a joyful dance hit for Gloria Gaynor, and remains the ultimate battle cry for acceptance.

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