It's Pride Month!
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Time to pump up the jams and celebrate life, love, history and community.
But what is "pride" all about anyway?
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#PrideMonth: This year, it’s the 50th anniversary of the ‘Stonewall uprising’ that fueled the fire for a global LGBTQ movement. From symposiums to movie screenings, walking tours to art exhibits, and even an opera, a slew of institutions and organizations are filling June with events that commemorate that moment and its impact through the past five decades, and also using it as inspiration for the current generation of activists to keep pushing for civil rights. The uproar at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s West Village, began on June 28, 1969, when bar patrons and area residents, tired of harassment that was still allowed by law, clashed with police officers who had come to raid the the Stonewall Inn. Demonstrations continued for the next several nights. Those events weren’t the first resistance act of the gay rights movement, but it galvanized activism in the United States and around the world.
Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
According to the Library of Congress, "the Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as 'Gay Pride Day' but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the 'day' soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events."
"Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally," the library adds.
So in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we've curated a list of 50 songs this Pride Month that seeks to both inspire and give us life.