Pride is a rebellion - and it always should be.

For those of you who don’t know – Pride wasn’t always glittery rainbow floats funded by large corporations with empty promises. Pride started as a riot, 50 years ago at The Stonewall Inn of NYC.

In the 1960s police raids on gay bars were more than common, and usually ended with many patrons jailed, fined and humiliated. However, this particular night at The Stonewall Inn things didn’t go to plan for the police. Over this night and the following days, the LGBTQ+ community of Greenwich Village NYC organised themselves, fought back, and refused to live in fear of being arrested for their identities. They stuck together as a community – a family – and this spirit spread globally.

Today Pride events are held around the world, every year to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. However, for some who haven’t been there from the start the meaning of pride has been somewhat forgotten.

But what should never be forgotten is that the LGBTQ+ community need to stick together and stand up for each other, today and every day that comes. We need to care for those within our community who are the most disenfranchised; be they Trans*, a person of colour, disabled, queer, gay, bisexual, asexual, intersex, or a combination of any of the above.

In celebration of 50 years of Pride, this playlist takes music (old and new) that has a special place within the LGBTQ+ community.


5 July 2019