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Great & Gay

Remembering the Gay and Bisexual Men Who Changed the World
IMAGE ego rodriguez

EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE matthew hooper AND alice freeman

In Memoriam

10 January, 2016. Planet earth was blue and there was nothing we could do, except mourn the loss of the late, great David Bowie. “I’m gay,” he declared some 44 years earlier, in 1972, while married to Angie Bowie. Bear in mind the world was a much darker, colder place to be gay in the early-70s; homosexuality had only just been decriminalised in Britain in 1967.

In the years that followed, he’d out himself as bisexual, and then a “closet heterosexual”. But whatever he was, one of the greatest gifts he gave the world was teaching us that it didn’t really matter. He inspired millions to embrace their sexualities and genders while rewriting all the rules of pop through his LGBT identity. Whether he was playing the androgynous, bisexual alien Ziggy Stardust, or embracing his laissez-faire attitudes towards hedonism and gender norms, David Bowie has woven himself throughout the rich tapestry of LGBT representation – and all in glorious technicolour, no less.

The mark he left on the world is one that’ll never be forgotten. And, with his passing, we’re reminded of just some of the other gay and bisexual men who’ve long since left us, but who changed things for all of us – and for the better.

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