Madonna’s “I Rise” May Be The Pride Anthem That We All Need This Summer

With every new Madonna era, fans are consistently clamoring to see how the Material Girl will be reinventing herself. Could it be a disco queen for the new generation (Confessions On A Dance Floor) or quite possibly be an electrified country queen (Music)? This time around, we just may be getting a version of Madonna that is matched very closely with the young girl who first landed in New York and started a love affair with the LGBT community immediately, The same girl that according to lore, landed in New York City with thirty five dollars and said to a taxi cab driver “take me to the center of everything”.


All arrows are now pointing to Madame X quite possibly, being Madonna’s ultimate love letter to the LGBT community. Kicking off with her surprise appearance at The Stonewall Inn in New York City on New Year’s Eve, Madonna said this to a crowd of well over one hundred people packed into the landmark establishment: “Fifty years of sacrifice, 50 years of standing up to discrimination, hatred, and worst of all, indifference. And it all started here, at Stonewall,” concluding with “let us never forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said- ‘Enough!’ Words like these ring beyond truthful from the Material Girl; so much so, she was deemed a Stonewall Ambassador, supporting Stonewall Day & the 50th Anniversary of Stonewalll. 

Then there were the drag queens. Several months ago, word leaked that RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 co-winner Monet X Change would be appearing in “a new Madonna video” (resulting in a very public dust up with a former tour company that she had been a part of). During the resulting press, other queens started to leak that they also had been asked to appear in the video, including Season 4 provocateur Phi Phi O’Hara.


Madonna has always been known to tap into what is culturally in vogue (pardon the pun) and has consistently used her music to deliver a pointed political message in times when the country has needed it most (who could ever forget the polarizing, and at that time, uber provocative American Life video and Patty Hearst-esuqe album cover). Released during the George W. Bush era, the music on this album was politically charged and was considered by many to be a referendum on Bush’s extreme policies at that time that were directly attacking the LGBT community in a pre marriage equality world.

Word leaked online early this morning that one of the tracks that will be released prior to her latest full album Madame X dropping will quite possibly, one of her most landmark tracks yet. I Rise is scheduled to be released May 3rd and while very little is known about the track other than the name, several instagram followers have done some sleuthing of their own and released some sparkling dish on the track, which definitely seems to match up with the tea that leaked very early this morning.


With the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots as well as World Pride colliding on New York City’s Christopher Street on a (sure to be) gorgeous Sunday in June, many are expecting Madonna to quite possibly, be making an appearance on the ultimate stage for Pride, the same stage that Cher, Whitney Houston & Kylie Minogue have all performed on to the complete adulation of thousands of members of the LGBT community; Pride Island (formerly the appropriately named Pier Dance). While it remains to be seen if Madonna will be gracing the crowd with her presence, something tells me that the music we will be getting from one of our communities original advocates will be one of the definitive soundtracks of our summer.


One…Two..Cha Cha Cha indeed….


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3 thoughts on “Madonna’s “I Rise” May Be The Pride Anthem That We All Need This Summer”

  1. Do you still think GLB and T are an imaginary community? You seem unaware of (or playing the fool) how trans activism attempts the erasure of homosexuality, specially aggressive against lesbians.

    Fine for her if she includes drag queens but that is not homosexuality. Don’t conflate concepts.


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