The most iconic LGBT music artists in history
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June is LGBT Pride Month around the world. It has been unofficially recognized as such in recent years in honor of a uprising that took place in the United States on June 28, 1969. The event became widely known as the "Stonewall riots," named after a popular gay bar in New York City that was raided by police. A protest quickly turned into a riot and, in the aftermath, members of the LGBT community took to the streets in what many consider to be the first major demonstration for LGBT rights.
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco all held marches in June of 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall riots—New York named the event Christopher Street Liberation Day after the location of the Stonewall Inn—and the movement has claimed the month of June ever since.
This year marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots. However, what was once a purely political demonstration, with the aim of demanding equal rights for LGBT people, has now become an opportunity to express and praise the queer life that the movement seeks to protect. In order to both recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots this year, World Pride will be happening throughout the month of June in New York City. It's the first time that World Pride will be hosted in the United States, and there will be numerous events, culminating in the march on June 30th. It's estimated that around three million people will be in attendance.
Now, obviously it won't do to go to a Pride event without any pump up first. Whether you have the opportunity to experience World Pride in NYC, or you're simply attending a march or festival near you, you definitely need the appropriate soundtrack to get you in the right mood for this joyous occasion.
In observance of the eventful month, here are some iconic LGBT music artists guaranteed to brighten your Pride Month.