Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sir Elton John Greatest Gay Icon of All Time
Elton John and Judy Garland were yesterday voted the greatest gay icons of all time.
The 62-year-old rock star - who wed David Furnish in 2005 - emerged as the most respected man among the gay community.
While Hollywood star Garland - who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and was hugely popular with gay men during her lifetime - topped the list of women. A spokesman for www.OnePoll.com, which carried out the survey of 5,000 gay men and lesbians, said: "Interestingly only one of the men on the top 10 list of male celebrity gay icons isn't gay - David Beckham.
And yet most of the women put on a pedestal by the gay community are straight.
"It just shows that to advocate a certain way of living, you don't have to live the lifestyle but simply be more accepting of those around you."
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who died of an Aidsrelated illness in 1991, was second in the male list while comedian Stephen Fry came third.
Fry once said of his sexuality: "My first words, as I was being born... I looked up at my mother and said, 'That's the last time I'm going up one of those.'"
MALE CELEBRITY GAY ICONS
1. Elton John
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Stephen Fry
4. George Michael
5. Oscar Wilde
FEMALE CELEBRITY GAY ICONS
1. Judy Garland
2. Kylie Minogue
5. Liza Minnelli