“In this political climate, Pride is about acceptance and love for one another despite our differences.” – David Hernandez
On May 31st, President Donald Trump recognized June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, National Homeownership Month, Great Outdoors Month, and National Ocean Month. The President failed to mention any recognition of Gay Pride Month.
The U.S. has been honoring Gay Pride Month for years, specifically following the tragic events of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. For the past eight years, Barack Obama has encouraged such pride by identifying June as “Gay Pride Month,” as well as pushing through same sex marriage in the supreme court. Now, thousands of activists speak out as President Trump ignores this progression.
Among such activists are prominent musicians, who are passionately speaking out about the political climate in the U.S. In a recent article published by Billboard, Carmen Carrera quotes, “In these times when we may feel lost about where the direction of our equal rights are going, I believe it is our pride and sense of belonging that will carry us through…it’s time to be brave. It’s time to be aware. It’s time to make change.”
Despite the bad taste left in people’s mouths following May 31st, the rainbow flags have not stopped waving. Thousands of activists have taken to the streets in protests and parades, demanding to be heard.
The music community has also been a crusader of Gay Pride. Billboard has featured a variety of articles surrounding the issues of Gay Pride Month, proving that a lack of recognition can’t trump Pride. Check out their 50 Top Gay Pride Anthems to celebrate; you’ll find Kesha, The Weather Girls, Cher, and hitting number one is “I’m Coming Out,” by Diana Ross (1980).
Music has always been a key outlet for social and political activism, and now more than ever artists are coming together to celebrate this expression of love and support.