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Old 11-27-2005, 01:47 AM
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Music groups with openly gay members?

A friend and I were discussing this the other day. Why, I don't know. The stipulation that she put on it was that it applied to males only. I've decided to open the forum up to include females. Solo artists count, to.

We came up with:

Elton John
Queen (Freddie Mercury)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood (Paul Rutherford, isn't it?)
REM (Mike Stipe)
Judas Priest/Fight (Rob Halford)
Rufus Wainwright
Pet Shop Boys

Along the female lines, I know of:

Indigo Girls
Melissa Etheridge
Jill Sobule

There are a few more I can't think of.

Feel free to add more.
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:52 AM
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Hello? The Village People? C'mon! How could you miss them?
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:54 AM
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Husker du, and all of Bob Mould's or Grant Hart's later projects.

Not to mention the Village People and about eight gazillion disco or techno bands.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:07 AM
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Culture Club and k. d. lang

I don't know much about the Dandy Warhols, but the video for "I Never Thought You'd Be a Junkie Because Heroin is So Passe" hit all the "camp aesthetic" cylinders.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:08 AM
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George Michael wasn't out yet when he was in Wham, but he did "make it big" in a bathroom stall eventually and got caught.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:18 AM
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George Michael.

Ani DiFranco's bisexual.

And there was that Russian fake lesbian band a few years ago, Tatu.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:23 AM
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I've heard a lot of rumours about Joan Jett.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:39 AM
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Hello? The Village People? C'mon! How could you miss them?
Except that almost all of them were straight.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:41 AM
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Supposedly everyone in Rammstein is gay; though not having looked into it (nor caring much) I have no idea whether it is true nor whether they open about it.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:46 AM
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* Roddy Bottum (Faith No More/Imperial Teen)

* Pansy Division (An all-gay punk band. Their version of an AC/DC classic was redone as "For Those About To Suck Cock (We Salute You)" and Hirk Hammet from Metallica guested on it!)

* Morrissey (solo & The Smiths)

* Jobriah (billed as "the first openly gay rock star;" he was, in fact, gay - however, he wasn't much of a "star." That said, his two LPs are an interesting listen if you are a fan of Ziggy Stardyst-era Bowie and glam.)

* Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields)

* Scott Plouf (drummer for The Spinnanes and later Built To Spill)

* Andy Bell (Erasure)

* (How can anyone forget) Boy George (Culture Club)

* (How can anyone forget) George Michael (solo & Wham!)

That's all I have off the top of my head.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:59 AM
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Well, the Gay Men's Chorus has a fair share.
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Old 11-27-2005, 03:14 AM
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Culture Club
Culture Club was three-eights gay, namely Boy George and drummer Jon Moss were lovers before Moss went straight on him.

Let's add Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, and the late Ricky Wilson of the B-52s.

betenoir, you can't be serious about the Village People. Other than lead singer Ray Simpson (the cop), and his predecessor Victor Willis, they were gay.
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Old 11-27-2005, 03:40 AM
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Stipe came out? When was that? I suck at paying attention to pop culture. Was it in the midst of that Shiny Happy People video? I could never watch the damn thing all the way through.
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Old 11-27-2005, 04:23 AM
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Interview with Michael Stipe in 2004:
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You never declare yourself gay as such...

I donít. I think thereís a line drawn between gay and queer, and for me, queer describes something thatís more inclusive of the grey areas. There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian, and then I think there are a lot of people who are kind of some percentage or some version of that. But itís really about identity I think. The identity that Iím comfortable with is queer because I just think itís more inclusive.

It kind of needed an advancement almost. Probably in í69 it was fine to say ďIím gayĒ because it included everything other than the mainstream, but nowadays gay has become sort of a different kind of gay mainstream, maybe.

Yes, but itís also become the opposite of straight, and I think thereís all these gradations and all these shades. I really like women, but I definitely like men more. But I canít say that I was experimenting or I didnít know who I was when I dated women in the past. I happened to find someone whom Iím crazy about, and heís a man... the Mister.
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Old 11-27-2005, 08:30 AM
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Placebo-one gay member, one bisexual member, one straight member.
Scissor Sisters- Jake Shears and Baby Daddy are both gay, not sure about the other members.
Jim Verranos-former American idol contestant
Will Young-Winner of the first series of British Pop Idol
Marc Almond- of Soft Cell.

There's always that dodgy list on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...isexual_people
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Old 11-27-2005, 08:40 AM
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I have my suspicions about that Liberace fellow.
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Old 11-27-2005, 08:42 AM
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Judas Priest/Fight (Rob Halford)
Didn't Halford come out after he left JP?
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Old 11-27-2005, 09:49 AM
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* Morrissey (solo & The Smiths)
I don't believe Morrissey is gay. Perhaps he's bisexual, though. I know for years, he downplayed any talk and speculation about his sexuality and claimed to be "asexual." Hasn't he been linked to women in the past? If I'm wrong, I will stand corrected.
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Old 11-27-2005, 09:58 AM
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I thought that in the cases of The Village People, Queen, and Liberace, there was a sort of don't ask, don't tell thing going on. Even though the writing was on the wall, the subject never really came up. People just assumed they were straight. And I thought that Elton stayed in the closet for decades and only recently came out.
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Old 11-27-2005, 10:24 AM
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I don't believe Morrissey is gay. Perhaps he's bisexual, though. I know for years, he downplayed any talk and speculation about his sexuality and claimed to be "asexual." Hasn't he been linked to women in the past? If I'm wrong, I will stand corrected.
I concur BBVL, I don't think Morrisey has ever self-identified as gay. Didn't Rolling Stone magazine label him as gay in the 80s and it kind of stuck?

Which member of the village people was gay is a pub quiz question I've heard a couple of times. The answer has always been given as the bloke in the native-American outfit.
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Old 11-27-2005, 10:40 AM
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Neil Gust of Heatmiser.
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:33 AM
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Doug Pinnick of King's X

Then there's that gay Teletubby...
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:36 AM
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Didn't Halford come out after he left JP?
Yes, but he's back with them now and touring. Or at least was recently.
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:38 AM
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Didn't Halford come out after he left JP?
Yes, but then he rejoined just a couple years ago.
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:41 AM
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Jann Arden, she doesn't hide it, but most people don't know
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:52 AM
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The members of Bronski Beat.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:10 PM
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I thought that in the cases of The Village People, Queen, and Liberace, there was a sort of don't ask, don't tell thing going on. Even though the writing was on the wall, the subject never really came up. People just assumed they were straight. And I thought that Elton stayed in the closet for decades and only recently came out.
In the case of Queen, yes. While Freddie played the 'catch me as you can' game he never openly acknowledged his orientation until the early 80s when Frankie Goes to Hollywood became popular. I can recall the interview where he was asked about them and he dismissed their being gay making them 'special' because he'd done all that already.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:15 PM
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And I thought that Elton stayed in the closet for decades and only recently came out.
He proclaimed he was bisexual in the 70s.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:20 PM
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B-52s, of course

An English group called Boyzone, which was a one-hit wonder AFAIK

There are perpetual rumors about members of several boybands (NSync, Backstreet Boys, etc.) but nothing ever confirmed.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:26 PM
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IIRC

Pete Townsend of the Who is gay

John Lennon was bisexual


Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates
is gay

Peter Allen is gay

Cole Porter was gay

Insane Clown Posse mostly gay (but deeply closeted)
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:38 PM
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I've heard a lot of rumours about Joan Jett.
She came out in the 90s, I think.

Jonsi Birgisson of Sigur Ros.

Ma Rainey was bisexual, as was Bessie Smith; they may have been lovers.

Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre and Bikini Kill.

David Bowie's bisexual, of course. I think Lou Reed may be as well.

Oh, and a couple members of Sleater-Kinney are lesbians, I believe.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:48 PM
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IIRC

Pete Townsend of the Who is gay

John Lennon was bisexual

Pete Townsend lives with a girlfriend at the moment. He may be bi, but I don't think he's out, if so.

The rumors about Lennon and (definitely gay) producer Brian Epstein go way back (see indie flick The Hours and Times for a fictional take on their possible brief affair), but I've never heard it confirmed.
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:51 PM
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[/QUOTE]Pete Townsend of the Who is gay [QUOTE]

So, I guess Rachel Fuller must be a man, then?
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Old 11-27-2005, 12:51 PM
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Pete Townsend of the Who is gay

John Lennon was bisexual
Unlikely. Townshend has often dropped hints, and once impulsively spoke about his "gay life" in an interview, but subsequently claimed this was misinterpreted, and has more or less denied being gay or bisexual.

With Lennon there's nothing to go on but dubious rumors, and the OP was asking for openly gay artists.
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:05 PM
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Unlikely. Townshend has often dropped hints, and once impulsively spoke about his "gay life" in an interview, but subsequently claimed this was misinterpreted, and has more or less denied being gay or bisexual.

With Lennon there's nothing to go on but dubious rumors, and the OP was asking for openly gay artists.

RE Townshend it appears you are correct

A story of child porn, drugs and rock'n'roll
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:09 PM
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Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates is gay
Was that during the almost thirty years he spent with his girlfriend Sara Allen, with whom he had a son?
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:10 PM
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Chuck and John Panozzo were the rhythm section of Styx.

Drummer John died a few years back, and bassist Chuck came out of the closet shortly afterward. Chuck also acknowledged publicly that he has HIV, but says medications have kept it under control pretty well.

I don't KNOW that John was gay, but since there's definitely a genetic factor in determining hjomsexuality, I wouldn't be surprised.
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:14 PM
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Chuck and John Panozzo were the rhythm section of Styx.

Drummer John died a few years back, and bassist Chuck came out of the closet shortly afterward. Chuck also acknowledged publicly that he has HIV, but says medications have kept it under control pretty well.

I don't KNOW that John was gay, but since there's definitely a genetic factor in determining hjomsexuality, I wouldn't be surprised.
Oh, since I didn't mention it in the earlier post, CHuck and John Panozzo of Styx were identical twin brothers. So, if Chuck is gay, it's not unlikely John was, too.

As for Daryl Hall, I recall reading a Hall & Oates interview in Rolling Stone about twenty years ago, in which the reporter asked if Daryl Hall & John Oates were lovers. Darryl admitted having some bisexual tendencies, but said he hadn't been involved with a male in many years. And, he added, if he WERE still actively bisexual, he still wouldn't be attracted to John Oates, who he said (with a straight face) "isn't my type."
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Old 11-27-2005, 01:34 PM
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Leslie Gore, which I guess means now it's Johnny's turn to cry.
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:35 PM
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Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates is gay

Daryl admitted to a homosexual experience in his teens.
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Old 11-27-2005, 03:38 PM
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Jann Arden, she doesn't hide it, but most people don't know
I'd never heard that before. Interesting.

The Google Ads seem quite convinced that Huey Lewis is gay.
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Old 11-27-2005, 03:52 PM
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So nobody's got the Buzzcocks yet? Pete Shelley is openly gay, Howard Devoto is assumed to be. Shelley went on to write and record the song "Homo Sapien" in the 80s, which was the gayest song since "Jet Boy Jet Girl."

Dave Vanian of The Damned was gay. He is the author of "Jet Boy Jet Girl." Captain Sensible may have been gay, too.

There is also an entire subgenre of west coast punk known as "Queercore."
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Old 11-27-2005, 03:55 PM
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I've heard a lot of rumours about Joan Jett.
She came out in the 90s, I think.
I can't find anything online about this, although I did see that she appeared on Ellen. Anyone got a cite?
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Old 11-27-2005, 04:40 PM
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I don't think Joan Jett every officially came out. I could be wrong, of course, but I think I would have heard about it.
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Old 11-27-2005, 05:11 PM
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betenoir, you can't be serious about the Village People. Other than lead singer Ray Simpson (the cop), and his predecessor Victor Willis, they were gay.
I don't know. I don't know if I'm serious. I just remember hearing that Felipe Rose was the only one who was gay. And the only cite I could come up with one way or the other said :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_People

"Felipe Rose (the Native American - and the only member who was actually gay) "

Could be wrong but I kind of like living in a world where John Wayne wears women's underwear and the Village People were straight...just more interesting that way .
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Old 11-27-2005, 05:13 PM
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So nobody's got the Buzzcocks yet? Pete Shelley is openly gay, Howard Devoto is assumed to be. Shelley went on to write and record the song "Homo Sapien" in the 80s, which was the gayest song since "Jet Boy Jet Girl."
I can't believe I forgot Pete Shelly. I love that song.

Oh...how bout that guy from Judus Priest?
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Old 11-27-2005, 05:16 PM
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Oh...how bout that guy from Judus Priest?
Mentioned in the OP, and four other posts in this thread.
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Old 11-27-2005, 05:58 PM
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Oh...how bout that guy from Judus Priest?
Rob Halford. Man, nobody saw that coming.

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Old 11-27-2005, 08:33 PM
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Scissor Sisters- Jake Shears and Baby Daddy are both gay, not sure about the other members.
Their guitarist Del Marquis is also gay. Drummer Paddy Boom is straight.
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Old 11-27-2005, 08:54 PM
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Tom Robinson is gay.

Dan "Instant Replay" Hardman was also gay.
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