Madonna has released many songs that are anthems for the LGBTQ community — but her latest, "I Rise," was penned specifically for marginalized people.
“I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind," she said about the release of her new track in a statement sent to press. "This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves.”
"I Rise" debuts on the eve of World Pride in New York City, where the riots at the Stonewall Inn gay bar launched the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement five decades ago. On New Year’s Eve, Madonna paid tribute to this legacy with a surprise speech at Stonewall.
"Fifty years of sacrifice, 50 years of standing up to discrimination, hatred, and worst of all, indifference. And it all started here, at Stonewall," Madonna told the crowd. "Let us never forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said 'Enough!' Enough brutality. Enough violence inflicted on this community. Enough stigmatism. Enough oppression. Enough pain and suffering."
"I Rise" is the second to be dropped in anticipation of Madonna's new album, Madame X, which will be out June 14. The first was “Medellín,” which she recorded with the Colombian singer Maluma.
This weekend, Madonna is set to receive the Advocate for Change Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The honor is bestowed on those who have had a positive global impact on the lives of LGBTQ people.
Listen to "I Rise" below.