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List of the Greatest Gay Icons in Music, ranked by fans. Gay icons come in all shapes and sizes. Some are fiercely bold divas, while others are openly gay and work to promote LGBT-centric issues, like gay rights and same-sex marriage. Gay music icons have had successful careers in rock, pop, disco and dance music. Several gay music icons have been making great music for decades.

Who is the most famous gay icon in music? Madonna? Elton John? Britney Spears was embraced by the gay community from the moment that she emerged as a pop star, but the "Toxic" singer didn't notice until her second tour. She told Advocate Magazine, "I began to realize there were a lot of gay people coming to the shows, and they were just having so much fun, laughing, and really enjoying themselves." Britney Spears is straight and has been married twice, although she famously shared a kiss with Madonna back in 2003. Other divas who are gay music icons include Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand.

David Bowie was embraced by the gay community when he revealed his androgynous alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. Bowie told Playboy magazine in 1976 that he was bisexual, but he later declared that he was just a closet heterosexual. He is rumored to have had a sexual relationship with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Elton John is arguably the most popular gay musician in the world. He first came out as bisexual in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stoneand in 1988 he announced that he was comfortable being gay.

Have a favorite gay singer? Check out the list of icons below and vote up your favorites. You can also vote any down if you don't think they should be near the top. 

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Madonna


Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Music
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Madonna was going to gay bars from the time she was a teenager, and she was later named "The Greatest Gay Icon" by The Advocate.  She has fought for gay rights and same-sex marriage all over the world.  She says, "I wouldn't have a career if it weren't for the gay community."

Age: 59

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

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#36 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#25 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#70 on The Best Singers of All Time

#17 on Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?

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Freddie Mercury


Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Music
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Freddie Mercury may not have spoken publicly about his sexual orientation, but many people believe that he was openly gay. He was the lead singer of Queen (a slang term for gay), and he was a powerful icon in the gay community. He died of complications with AIDS in 1991. 

Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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#1 on The Best Singers of All Time

#9 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#42 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#93 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Elton John


Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Music
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Elton John is arguably the most popular gay musician in the world. He first came out as a bisexual in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone, and in 1988, he announced that he was comfortable being gay. John has been in a relationship with David Furnish since 1993, and the couple has two children together.

Age: 71

Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom

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#15 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#12 on The Best Singers of All Time

#3 on Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?

#82 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Cher


Cher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Music
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Cher has been a gay icon throughout her career, and her flamboyant style has been emulated by thousands of drag queens. She also starred as a lesbian in the film Silkwood, and she became even more involved with supporting gay rights after her son, Chaz, came out as transgender.

Age: 71

Birthplace: El Centro, California, United States of America

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#33 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#86 on The Best Singers of All Time

#26 on Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?

#69 on The Best Current Female Singers

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