Madonna released a gay anthem to mark the anniversary of Stonewall

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Madonna has released “I Rise,” a new track marking the 50th anniversary of the LGBT+ rights movement. So, the queen of pop devoted this track from her brand new album Madame X (by the way, check it out if you haven’t already, it is a really good release) to her huge queer fanbase. In a press release, she explained that the track is dedicated to marginalized groups, as the world prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which marked a start of the LGBT rights movement the way we know it today. “This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves,” said Madonna, expressing a hope that this song will inspire the marginalized groups to stand up and say their word when they don’t feel brave enough for it. The track begins by sampling Emma González, the 19-year-old bisexual gun control activist who survived the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. González can be heard saying: “[They say] us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS!”

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