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:
Queen (Freddie Mercury)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood (Paul Rutherford, isn’t it?)
REM (Mike Stipe)
Judas Priest/Fight (Rob Halford)
Pet Shop Boys
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!)
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.
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 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.