Chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, June is LGBT Pride Month.
The Stonewall Inn had been a heterosexual nightclub until three members of the mafia turned it into a gay club in 1966. During that time, it was the only gay bar in New York City where dancing was allowed.
Gay Pride parades began after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn had gone terribly violent in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969.
Today, events and activities all over the country are organized to fight for equal rights and celebrate self-affirmation and dignity for all LGBT people. This week we're joining in the celebration with a musical tribute to all things gay.
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Written by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, I'm Coming Out was released in August, 1980 as the second single from Diana Ross's album, Diana. Rodgers and Edwards wrote the song after seeing three drag queens dressed as Diana Ross at a New York City club. When Ross found out that it was intended for the gay community, she freaked out. Talked off the ledge, I'm Coming Out became a smash-hit for Ross, landing on the charts in seven countries and peaking at No. 5 on Billboard Hot 100.
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Village People is a disco group formed in 1977 and named after New York City’s Greenwich Village, which was known for its gay population at the time. The group openly targeted disco’s gay audience by featuring band members dressed in costumes to represent American masculinity and macho gay-fantasy personas. The song Y.M.C.A. is their most popular hit. Released in November 1978 from the album Cruisin’, it reached No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, blocked from the top spot by Chic’s Le Freak and Rod Stewart’s Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?. Though the band publicly claim the song was actually about the YMCA, many believe it’s a double entendre celebrating the Y’s reputation, at the time, for being a popular cruising and hookup spot for gay men.
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