Cher became notable in the gay community not only for her music, but also her drag, her leather outfits of the 80s made her popular with the leather crowd. Chronicle Books. For example, Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas —who reached her peak in the s—became a gay icon because the uniquely compelling qualities of her stage performances were allied to a tempestuous private life, a sequence of unhappy love affairs, and a lonely premature death in Paris after her voice had deserted her. According to John Coppola, exhibit curator and former head of exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, "In a completely unintended way, Anita Bryant was about the best thing to happen to the gay rights movement If I never go to the doctors, I'm never going to be ill; if I ignore the letters that my energy provider sends me then I'll never have to pay the bill; if I never turn up to work I can't get bollocked for not being at work. Retrieved December 24,
Our newsletter hand-delivers its best bits to your inbox. My production partner, Toy Armada, and I were very careful not to just re-create something that had already been done. Archived from the original on May 13,
The Making of Gay Sensibility.