In 2009, President Barack Obama recognized June as LGBT Pride Month. "LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society," he wrote in an official proclamation. "There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities."
More specifically, the music community has helped stepped up in the fight for equal rights since last June. Many of the hottest, most-recognizable names (Beyonce, Jay-Z, Madonna, Macklemore) have shown their support in visible ways, while out artists like Frank Ocean and Tegan and Sara were both critical faves and chart toppers.
Check out these 20 loud and proud music moments that from the past year.