Soundtrack for LGBTQ+ Rights
The History of LGBTQ+ Rights
In the 1960's, homosexuality was seen as a disorder and was illegal in almost every state. This meant that police had the right to arrest a couple of the same gender and punish them. On June 28, 1969, riots broke out at Stonewall, a well known gay bar, after police came in and raided it. As the word spread, riots broke out for the entire week following, with the numbers growing. This sparked the flame for the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. This fight took almost forty-six years to truly change the minds of government in the United States. On June 26, 2015, the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Although the fight for complete equality is not over, this case has made a huge leap for the LGBTQ+ community.
Rise Against - Make It Stop (September's Children) - Lyrics(on-screen)
"Make It Stop" by Rise Against (2011)
"Make It Stop" is a song that talks about the discrimination LGBTQ+ youth go through and mentions some of those who have committed suicide. 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ+, and the number one reason for being homeless is rejection from family.
Haley Reinhart- Can't Help Falling in Love With You (Cover) ~Official Audio~
"Can't Help Falling In Love" by Haley Reinhart (song originally by Elvis Presley) 2015
"Can't Help Falling In Love" is the perfect song that describes love, especially for the LGBTQ+ community, by saying that we can't control how we fall in love; it just happens. 62% of the LGBTQ+ homeless youth are very likely commit suicide.
Arcade Fire - We Exist song lyrics
"We Exist" by Arcade Fire (2014)
"We Exist" describes what LGBTQ+ individuals face from peers and the emotions they feel from being rejected and hurt. Out of 114 major movie releases in 2014, only 17.5% contained characters who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, none being transgender.
Stand By Your Trans - a duet by Elisha Lim and Rae Spoon
"Stand By Your Trans" by Rae Spoon and Elisha Lim (2011)
"Stand By Your Trans" is a song written after an issue between Canada press and the transgender community. 65% of the transgender community has attempted suicide, and 77% of the transgender population currently suffers from anxiety and/or depression.
Sam Smith - Lay Me Down
"Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith (2013)
"Lay Me Down" has become an anthem for the LGBTQ+ community to explain the simple desire to be with their love. In the 2013 school year, 85% of LGBTQ+ students were harassed.
Beautiful christina aguilera lyrics
"Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera (2002)
"Beautiful" is an amazing song that encourages everyone to embrace who they are, because everyone is beautiful. This song is very powerful and motivates the LGBTQ+ community to accept themselves for who they are. One in two LGBTQ+ youth receive negative responses from their parents when they come out.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - SAME LOVE feat. MARY LAMBERT (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
"Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert (2012)
"Same Love" is one of the most popular LGBTQ+ anthems. It was one of the first songs that truly defended the LGBTQ+ community and is believed to have helped drive the positive support leading up to the Supreme Court decision for legalizing gay marriage. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, falling just two days before the fourty-sixth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Brave - Sara Bareilles (Lyrics)
"Brave" by Sara Bareilles (2013)
"Brave" was written for one of Sara's close friends who was afraid of coming out. This song has a powerful message of courage and self acceptance, and it has been used to encourage many LGBTQ+ individuals to come out and express their true self. The Trevor Project, founded in 1998, continues to help LGBTQ+ youth who are contemplating suicide and provide resources for LGBTQ+ teens in need. The Trevor Project answered 44,985 lifeline calls and 8,019 online chats in 2014.