Along with the famous rainbow flag, music is perhaps another of the symbols in which the LGBTIQ+ community has wanted to reflect the strength of its activism. Especially, all that artistic production that took place in the 70s.

It must be remembered that Gay Pride Day was born between June 27 and 28, 1969, when six police officers raided a New York gay bar, unaware that the raid would lead to one of the most important celebrations in the modern world. The riot started at the Stonewall Inn bar, where the police were greeted with coins and bottles by the people inside.

As this community began to gain strength throughout the 1970s and later, music marked, in each period, its activist movement alongside stars that became a symbol for all.

(Read also: This is how Stonewall was born: International Pride Day)

Names like Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, ABBA, Kool and the Gang, Chic, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Village People, Bee Gees, Rick Atsley, Cher, Prince, Elton John, Dianna Ross, Tina Turner, Madonna, Erasure and many others are already an obligatory referent of the gay rumba.

And of course, with the passing of the decades, the list was enriched with new artists, who have also left musical classics in the rumba.

In this community’s pride month, we remember some of these initial must-see classics, which are already anthems of the LGBTIQ+ community.

1. ‘I Will Survive’, by Gloria Gaynor

2. ‘Celebration’, by Kool and the Gang

3. ‘YMCA’ by Village People

4. ‘Together Forever’, by Rick Astley

5. ‘Studio 54’, from the famous movie inspired by the bar in NY

6. ‘Last night’, by Donna Summer

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7. ‘Believe’, by Cher

8. ‘Vogue’, by Madonna

9. ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA

10. ‘A little respect’, by Erasure


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