With all of its glitter, rainbow glory, dazzling processions, and eye candy, gay pride month has made yet another June that much better. Last year, we saw the addition of black and brown stripes to the iconic rainbow flag, which stemmed from a call for more intersectionality in the LGBTQ community. That doesn’t mean that the flag’s makeover came without controversy. If you’re skeptical of changes like this, you might want to think about these Latinx luminaries who have paved the way for you to party at the parade.
–Additional reporting by Bill O’ Conner
While you might know her for her catchy songwriting that got the party started with Pink back in 2001, you may not realize that this Massachusetts native of Brazilian descent is also an activist at the forefront of LGBTQ rights. Going back to her rock & roll roots, she has held many benefit concerts in support of gay rights. One of her favorite organizations is the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, which provides support, resources, and shelter for homeless LGBTQ teens.