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modern anthem 006 Charting The Songs We Love So Well

In 1998, a closeted George Michael found himself at the centre of a gay sex scandal that had the tabloids baying for his blood. So, he wrote a song about it and released an irreverant video, and in doing so redeined himself as a queer radical in the pop world. No wonder ‘Outside’ is his ultimate gay anthem.
Feature: Music George Michael – Gay Icon – Outside

No star is immune to scandal, but few have the smarts to use a fall from grace as an opportunity to redefine themselves. In 1998 George Michael did just that.

In April of that year Michael made headlines worldwide when he was arrested for being caught in a “lewd act” in a public bathroom in Beverly Hills. According to a police press conference, an undercover police office “went into the restroom area and did observe Michael engaged in a lewd act. He was by himself. The officer observed the act and arrested Michael.”

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Will St Leger contrasts the disparate standards of sexual health services offered in Ireland and the UK; five of the LGBT+ community's most ardent female activists speak with us ahead of International Women’s Day; Ciara Mc Grattan catch-up with the gladiators of the Gay Games 2018; we coax some members of the Bear community out of the woods to tell us about their cuddly culture; PLUS all the best news, gossip, comedy and much more!