More than any other genre, the roots of dance music are steeped in the ideals of unity, respect and love for all people. We’ve explored the history of gay dance music, from the hot house of early disco and house that flowered at the same time as the first movement toward gay rights. We also examined where the movement is today in terms of the EDM explosion, and we followed the original underground strain all the way up until today’s vibrant queer scene.

Now, in honor of the recent National Coming Out day on October 11, we are honoring those who gave birth to dance music, and have kept its energy alive for four decades and beyond.