Renee Goust and La Bruja de Texcoco Sing a Corrido to Sylvia Rivera

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Renee Goust and La Bruja de Texcoco, two of the most important LGBTQ+ musical icons on the Mexican music scene today, have decided to sing the history of Pride and remember the struggle behind the rainbow flag.

On May 29, both singer-songwriters released the Corrido de Sylvia Rivera, the “justiciera” who threw the first brick in what would become known as the Stonewall Riot on June 28, 1969.

“Sylvia never had a rainbow to protect her,” the song goes. “They ran her out of the house for being clear about who she was.”

For Renee Goust and La Bruja de Texcoco, this story is not foreign.

Goust is considered a neo-folk artist who, having grown up on the U.S.-Mexico border, writes bilingual songs about gender equality, the LGBTQIA+ experience, immigration, and other social justice issues.

For her part, La Bruja is a performer, songwriter, and scholar of Mexican folklore. Today she is one of the most influential musicians on the scene in her country.

With Sylvia Rivera’s Corrido, both artists not only tell the story of the activist but the need to let the world know that “we love who we love, whoever understands us.”