It has been more than 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn in the West Village area of Manhattan beginning on June 28, 1969 — the first time that members of the gay community stood up to the abusive treatment they’d received at the hands of authorities.

A year and a half later, in March of 1970, the Christopher Street Liberation Day march effectively began a movement that is commemorated in marches and parades all over the world, including one of the biggest in North America that takes place annually right here in Toronto.

The LGBTQ community has always had strong ties to the world of jazz, including composers such as Cole Porter and Lorenz Hart, whose works populated the Great American Songbook, and some of the star performers of the idiom such as Fred Hersch, Ian Shaw, Chris Connor and Gary Burton.

June is Pride Month all over the world. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a sampling of music that connects the jazz community and the LGBTQ community. There are some true gems in here, and I’m willing to bet you’ll listen to a few of them differently after this. We hope you enjoy our Pride playlist.