The Greatest LGBTQ Icons in Music

The world of music is a vibrant, beautiful one enriched with contributions from human beings from a plethora of nationalities, genders, races, and sexualities. Music is all about pure talent and passion, with no place for bigotry, hatred or discrimination. Over the past decades, many talented singers, songwriters, composers, and conductors from the LGBTQA+ community have emerged. Not only is their music profound and soulful, but also it is reflective of the evolution of the community’s rights. Read on to learn about the greatest LGBTQ icons in music!

Nickname: Frederick Bulsara, Queen
Birthday: 05 September 1946
Born In: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died On: 24 November 1991
Freddie Mercury was one of the greatest LGBTQ music icons. Fans adored his famous voice. He came out as gay much later in life and also revealed that he was infected with AIDS towards its final stages. Despite these challenges, he composed music and sang his heart out until his last breath.

Nickname: Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke, David Bowie
Birthday: 08 January 1947
Born In: London, England, United Kingdom
Died On: 10 January 2016

David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. In 1996, he became a 'Rock and Roll' Hall of Famer. In 1997, he was honored with a star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame.'

3. Madonna

Nickname: The Material Girl, Queen of Pop, Queen of Reinvention
Birthday: 16 August 1958
Born In: Bay City, Michigan, United States

A staunch supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, Madonna was honored with a 'GLAAD Advocate for Change' award in 2019. Various authors, theorists, and music journalists have considered her the most influential female musician of all time. 

Birthday: 25 June 1963
Born In: East Finchley, London, England
Died On: 25 December 2016

Throughout his career, George Michael won numerous prestigious awards, becoming one of the most decorated gay musicians of all time. In 2005, his fifth and final studio album 'Patience' was nominated at the 'GLAAD Media Awards.'

Birthday: 25 March 1947
Born In: Pinner, England

Elton John is arguably the most famous gay musician in the world. After revealing that he was bisexual in 1978, later in 1988, he confessed that he is prouder as gay. One of the earliest musicians to support the LGBTQ community, he has spoken to the Russian President Vladamir Putin, in favor of the oppressed Russian pride.