What does it mean to be a “gay icon”? A gorgeous muscle hunk? An absolutely fabulous diva? Just an amazingly talented performer? I think one of our greatest icons, Ms. Liza Minnelli said it best with, “Let’s face it, they all just have taste!” One who definitely makes the grade is Sir Elton John.
Elton gave his (allegedly) final North American performance last week at Dodger Stadium and it was absolutely historic.
Do yourself a favor and watch it back on Disney+
So let’s have a look at what makes Elton John such a beloved LGBTQ+ figure.
1. His Music
Now in his seventh decade of making music, Elton has made 30 albums, won 5 Grammy Awards, and has a list of songs that are now staples of popular music and will live forever. “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer” “Rocketman” “Candle in the Wind” “Bennie and the Jets” etc etc. What is your favorite?
2. His Flare
Some people think Liberace’s extravagant costumes and sets were the pioneers of gay glamour on stage. Elton John matched, if not surpassed that personae with his heavy use of sequins, feathers, and furs. Who could forget all his iconic looks? His sequined Dodgers robe last weekend was the perfect topper.
3. His Activism to LGBTQ+ Causes
Elton bravely came out as bisexual in 1976, decades before it was cool. He has used his success to do philanthropic work that has made a huge difference. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is one of the top organizations in ending the AIDS epidemic.
4. His Association with Great Divas!
Name your favorite diva and she has either worked with or absolutely adores Sir Elton: Barbra, Diana Ross, Cher, Liza, Gaga. They all worship the Rocketman!
5. His Taste in Hot gGuys
Elton is now happily married to the very handsome former film executive David Furnish and they have two adopted sons. They’ve been together since 2005 and were one of the very first public same sex couples to get married in 2014 (though then they were still called civil unions…barf!)
Sir Elton John will forever be a gay icon and one of the world’s great artists.