Pride 2009

I found this on YouTube and had to share it with everyone. The song and video are original compositions that trace the history of the LGBTQ community up to current day…and beyond. It’s a brilliant and moving tribute in honor of the upcoming Pride in June, the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots…A commercial CD will be available soon, please visit the links for more information…Most of all, don’t miss watching this incredible video…Chris Jarvis – Gay Fresno

"Pride 2009" – in celebration of GLBTQ pride and the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the birth of gay pride. From the upcoming CD "Pride at 40," (JGLsongs LLC)

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PRIDE 2009

Music & lyrics by Jon Gilbert Leavitt

Silk top hats and button shoes, erotic tintypes, midnight cruise, Berlin gay society 1903

Sigmund Freud’s Vienna’s hype, identifies the homo-type, The Intermediate Sex and Heterodoxy

The gay wave moves across the sea, hello there Miss Liberty, Betty Boop is hot and hooch is out in the cold

Greenwich Village, Bloomsbury, gays in high society, Harlem nights, Chicago fights, Leopold and Loeb…

[CHORUS]: Pride, gotta have pride – we’ve been around too long to keep it inside. Pride, can’t sit back and watch from the side, pride is power and power is pride.It’s time to celebrate all the colors of the rainbow, get out into the streets, follow the tide…

The Captive hits the Broadway stage, The Fleet’s In, Cadmus’ all the rage, and The Well of Loneliness appears on the stands

Depression, bread lines, Crystal Night, Adolf shows Olympic might, put on your pink triangles and put up your hands

A-Bomb, 50’s keen, the Kinseys shake the cocktail scene, James Dean, Mattachine, Doris Day and Harry Hay

Donald Webster Cory writes, Joe McCarthy picks a fight, J. Edgar, Roy Cohn shame on you, what else do you plan to do?

Christine Jorgensen’s reborn, Daughters of Bilitis form, Ginsberg, Naked Lunch, Giovanni’s Room.

Marilyn, the Beatnik scene, Jackie’s in her Cassini, Vatican II and something’s coming soon…

Summer 1969, the heat is rising all the time and over the rainbow Judy Garland sleeps

Stonewall Bar, men in blue, heads were broken bottles flew, "out of the bars and into the streets…"


Boys in the Band played, Bette Midler sang, those bathhouse days, Lance Loud, gay and proud, Oscar Wilde Bookstore

…Sister George, Doonesbury, Tales of the City, Anita Bryant, Village People, Studio 54

Harvey Milk, rough trade, Aaron Fricke’s prom date, GRID, Torch Song Trilogy, Boy George, GMHC

HIV identified, Rock Hudson, Liberace died, Bowers versus Hardwick’s heard, Reagan finally says the word…

Barney Frank, AIDS quilts, ACT-UP, Randy Shilts, Queer Nation, Mapplethorpe, AZT

Amendment 2, Cracker Barrel, "don’t ask, don’t tell," Angels in America, March on DC

Greg Louganis, Elton John, George Michael, what is going on? Lilith Fair, riot grrls, spend a day at Disney World,

Cunanan scare, the McVeigh case, Ian, Ellen, Will & Grace,

Matthew Shepard- God bless you, what else can we look forward to…?

Gay-dot-com, VaxGen, another Bush in Washington, Millennium March, Mary Cheney, Queer as Folk

Dr. Laura’s evil ways, bug chasers, ex-gays, 9/11 – Mark Bingham, Father Mychal Judge.

Holland starts the marriage trend, Beanie Man and Eminem, L-Word, Dubya’s back, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Executions in Iran, no same-sex marriage ban, linguists discharged in Iraq, one step forward, two steps back…

Logo, Rosie, crystal meth, PNP, Mark Foley, Jim McGreevey, John Amaechi tells all

Doogie Howser, Lance Bass, Brokeback, Superman, Rufus does Judy at Carnegie Hall

Larry Craig – vice squad, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Dumbledore, Nutmeg State, Obama wins, so does Prop 8 –

Forty years ago who knew, when Miss Rivera threw her shoe –a raid became a movement – and our Fourth of July…


Music & lyrics by Jon Gilbert Leavitt. ©2009 JGLsongs, LLC (ASCAP)

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