Music's greatest gay icon: Elton John or Cher?
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Music's greatest gay icon: Elton John or Cher?

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Elton John and Cher are both pioneering superstars who won over generations of music lovers due to their elaborate styles and outfits. John came out as bisexual in the '70s before coming out as gay in the '80s, paving the way for other musicians to be open about their sexuality. Cher is the Goddess of Pop. So, she's been a gay icon for decades, but became the ultimate gay hero with her chart-topping smash and gay anthem "Believe." Who is music's greatest gay icon? 🎤

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For the past several decades—LGBTQ and women music artists have openly declared their "true colors,” supported gay rights, empowered LGBTQ communities, and gave the gurls some of the most iconic gay anthems of all time. There is no better way to celebrate Pride Month than to honor the popular music artists who have influenced LGBTQ movements by ultimately picking which of them is the greatest gay music icon of all time.

In our second round, it's Judy Garland versus Diana Ross, Elton John versus Cher, George Michael versus Melissa Etheridge, RuPaul versus Lady Gaga. Who's the greatest gay icon?

Don't forget to cast your vote for the rest our “greatest gay icon" debates below!

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Elton John is revered as a pioneering gay musician. He's regarded as one of the greatest piano men of all time and one of the most iconic artists ever. On top of his elaborate stage costumes, John was arguably most daring with his anthem "Elton's Song," detailing a young gay boy's crush on another boy.

Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield wrote about "Elton's Song":

An overlooked one-off from 1981's The Fox, when Elton was still fumbling through the darkest, most confused period of his career. It's a quiet piano ballad about growing up gay. The lyrics come from the out-and-proud British punk rocker Tom Robinson, who had a hit of his own with "Glad to be Gay." The payoff is the tender moment at the end when Elton sings, "I would give my life/For a single night beside you." Maybe he scared himself with how emotional he could be – it was years before he tried anything this revealing again. –RS

Below are some notable lyrics to the gem, per Genius.

🎶Staring all alone and your grace and style. Cut me to the bone with your razor blade smile. I watched you playing pool. It's all around the school that I love you. I love your gypsy hair and dark brown eyes. Always unprepared for your pointed replies. Cynical and lean, I lie awake and dream about you.🎶

Watch the music video below. 

"Believe" is one of Cher's biggest hits. The dance hit marked only one of her many mega grand returns as the Goddess of Pop. With "Believe," Cher once again redefined herself not only as an artist but as a gay icon.

Cher is one of the most beloved pop queens in drag culture. "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" winner Chad Michaels has modeled her career as Cher's doppelgänger with a laser-accurate impersonation.

Below are some significant lyrics to "Believe," per Genius.

🎶Do you believe in life after love?I can feel something inside me say. I really don't think you're strong enough, no. Do you believe in life after love? I can feel something inside me say. I really don't think you're strong enough, no.🎶

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