Cardi B attends the City of West Hollywood Pride Parade on June 5, 2022 in West Hollywood, California.
Happy Pride Month, My Loves! As an LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) ally, I decided this was the perfect opportunity and way to delve into the origins of pride. I also want to share some of my favorite music from the LGBTQ+ hip-hop community. The LGBTQ+ community has long faced social marginalization, discrimination and persecution. However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement for LGBTQ+ pride and acceptance, and hip-hop has played an important role in this movement.
Let’s learn briefly about the history of Pride first. The Stonewall Uprising (a human rights atrocity) took place on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York City. The Stonewall Inn was a gay club and a sort of safe haven for many members of the LGBTQ+ community. The New York City Police raided the inn, leading to a riot involving hundreds of people. It led to six days of protests and violence.
A year later, on June 28, thousands marched from the Stonewall Inn to Central Park in what is now considered the first gay pride parade in the United States.
Since 1970, LGBTQ+ people and their allies have gathered in June to march with pride and continue to march for equal rights. Even if you don’t personally recognize her as LBGTQ+, remember that allies are important and welcome supporters of this movement. We have a strong voice that strengthens the movement and helps fight homophobia and transphobia.
Anyone can support the LGBTQ community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Hip-hop has historically been associated with hypermasculinity and homophobia, but there is a shift toward more inclusive and inclusive themes. Artists like Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator, and Lil Nas X have openly identified themselves as LGBTQ+, using music to express their pride and share their experiences with the world. This helped break down barriers and foster acceptance within and outside the hip-hop community. LGBTQ+ pride and hip-hop are intertwined, with both movements empowering each other and working towards a more inclusive and inclusive society.
Keep scrolling for songs from my personal favorite LBGTQ+ artists below.