The Essential Biography, author Lawrence J. Quirk explains that Crawford appealed to gay men because they sympathized with her struggle for success, in both the entertainment industry and in her personal life. Hollywood Martyr, it was not until her film Torch Song that she was seen as a "complete gay icon, primarily because it was shot in color.
My Friendship with Lucille Ball, the author describes his experience when he witnessed Lucille Ball being labeled a gay icon for the first time by a mutual friend.
Rivers' frank and sharp use of wit and insults largely turned toward herself made her an instant gay icon. Donna Summer was a prominent gay icon of the underground gay disco scene The first gay icon of the s underground gay disco scene was the "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer , whose dance songs became anthems for the clubbing gay community , and her music the back beat to the battles of the gay rights movement of the s.
Her role as the heroine attracted the LGBT community for her onscreen persona of female strength and fashionable outfits. Her musical impact became known through her camp fashion and lyrics praising individuality such as " Make Your Own Kind of Music " and "Different" and free love. Her music was later featured in the acclaimed gay film Beautiful Thing , adapted from the play of the same name. Singer and actress Bette Midler became recognized as a gay icon in the s. After performing on Broadway, Midler began performing at the Continental Baths , a gay bathhouse in the city, where she became close to her piano accompanist Barry Manilow , who produced her first major album The Divine Miss M I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward.
So, I kind of wear the label of 'Bathhouse Betty' with pride," Midler reminisced in Although Freddie Mercury never revealed his sexuality publicly  even when events made it seem inevitable  , he often "playfully alluded to his queerness with his flamboyant, high-camp stage antics", according to Gay Star News.
It was as if Freddie Mercury was saying to the world, 'I am what I am. Cher became notable in the gay community not only for her music, but also her drag, her leather outfits of the 80's made her popular with the leather crowd.
Mann , author of Gay Pride: An Intimate Biography , the pop star has always been aware that her most loyal fans were gay men, has appeared in gay-oriented magazines as an activist for gay rights, and was even named in the book The Gay as one of the most influential gay people in history.
Oprah Winfrey is credited by many in the US as allowing gay people to become mainstream, due to her popularization of the tabloid talk show genre. In the mid- to lates, Oprah Winfrey emerged as an icon for the gay community with an intimate confessional communication style that altered the cultural landscape. According to the book Freaks Talk Back by Yale sociologist Joshua Gamson , the tabloid talk show genre popularized by Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue , did more to make gay people mainstream and socially acceptable than any other development of the 20th century by providing decades of high-impact media visibility for sexual nonconformists.
Though Winfrey abandoned her tabloid talk show format in the mids as the genre became flooded by more extreme clones like Ricki Lake , Jenny Jones and Jerry Springer , she continued to broadcast shows that were perceived as gay-friendly. Adam Lambert is another high-profile gay man who has described himself as a fan of Winfrey.
Jackson has a tremendous following inside the LGBT community and out, and having her stand with us against the defamation that LGBT people still face in our country is extremely significant. She gained more recognition through her campy portrayal of the glamorous Cruella de Vil in Dalmatians and as the fading diva Norma Desmond in the Broadway musical Sunset Boulevard. Geri Halliwell , in particular, went on to become a gay icon in her own right during her solo career in the s, covering The Weather Girls ' classic gay anthem, " It's Raining Men ".
Kylie Minogue reinvented herself musically in the first decade of the 21st century and found herself faced with a renewed and increasing gay fanbase.
Minogue felt "very touched" to have such an "appreciative crowd," and this encouraged her to perform at gay venues throughout the world, as well as headlining Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras , the largest gay pride festival in the world.
Her sister, Dannii Minogue , also has a large gay following and has been regarded a gay icon. Aguilera also was honored with the very first spot on The Abbey 's Gay Walk of Fame for her contributions to gay culture, re-enforcing the title of gay icon she earned a decade ago with her anthem "Beautiful".