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Vinny Valenti
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"When I was a kid I thought Boy George just liked to play
dress-up."

I'm pretty sure that I thought that Boy George was a
woman!
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I'm pretty sure that I thought that Boy George was a woman!

I did! Especially when my stepdaughter adopted the same look!

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I remember Boy George's first appearance on UK tv on Top of the Pops, we had no idea what gender he was, especially as his voice had a feminine quality to it! J.B. may be interested in the fact he lived in Walsall prior to his pop stardom.
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Brian Rhodes
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...if Sylvester Stallone were to "come out" as an "effeminate" gay man
in real life, would that change how we viewed his
performances in ROCKY or RAMBO? And should it?

Have you seen ROCKY III? 
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When I was about 12 or 13 there was a girl in my class who was very fond of George Michael, and I would rib her that he was clearly gay because the cover of the Faith album so clearly used homosexual imagery (I'd recently seen a documentary on the BBC arts programme Arena about a photographer who's thing was such imagery, otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue). Here's the thing -- though there was some reasoning behind my claims, I didn't really believe it at all and was just winding her up. 

Then lo, many years later it turned out it was true... 

But looking back, y'now, come on!!




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Brian Floyd
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Didn't coming out pretty much kill George Michael's
career, though?
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John Byrne
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J.B. may be interested in the fact he lived in Walsall prior to his pop stardom.

I lived in Walsall for the first 2.5 days of my life. I am a West Bromwich lad!!!

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Matt Hawes
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 Peter Martin wrote:
...Freddie is an interesting case. No one did seem to twig while he was alive, though there is some revisionist thinking that has gone on with friends I know who claim that it was well known at the time...


The rumor was there, nearly from the beginning. No revisionism here, when I was a youngster my friend told me the band was called "Queen" because they were gay. Now, he said all of the members was gay which isn't the case, but he told me this back in the late 1970s'. So, it wasn't an open thing with Freddie Mercury, but there was talk about his sexual orientation from nearly the get-go.

Same with George Michael, too.

And, yep, I knew people who thought Boy George really was a woman, as well.

All great performers whose work I enjoy. I don't care one way or another about who they sleep with or what they dress like.

Edited to add: I understand Liberace had a huge female following in his day. Not just because of his music, either.


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Gene Best
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You're right, Matt.  I can remember Freddie's sexuality being debated by readers in Circus magazine around '75-'77 - as you say, citing the band's name and Freddie's flamboyance. 
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Michael Roberts
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According to Brian May, he had no idea that Freddie was gay for years, since
he only saw him take women back to his room and just assumed the
flamboyance was part of the act.
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Matt Hawes
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Doris Day was probably shocked about Rock Hudson, too.
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Matt Hawes
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Florence Henderson claimed she knew Robert Reed was gay because of his apprehension about filming affectionate scenes with her while filming "The Brady Bunch".
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