Matt Cain, who has simply revealed his novel The Madonna of Bolton (a homosexual coming-of-age story with a really Madonna-centric theme), writes concerning the icon turning 60 subsequent month for The Guardian.
He notes issues her diehards have at all times felt about her, issues that differentiate her from earlier homosexual icons …
For one factor, Madonna was a homosexual icon who instantly and continuously acknowledged her queer followers:
Individuals overlook the position Madonna performed in o pening up homosexual tradition to the mainstream. She wasn’t homosexual herself, however from the start she talked about how homosexual individuals have been a part of her life: her homosexual mentor, her dance instructor, Christopher Flynn; the artists and photographers she hung round with like Keith Haring and Herb Ritts; the homosexual dancers she paraded round so proudly within the movie In Mattress With Madonna. You can’t think about what it was prefer to witness her doing that once you have been being mercilessly bullied about your sexuality at college, as I used to be. This was when George Michael, Freddie Mercury and the Pet Store Boys didn’t dare to come back out.
Additionally, she was an icon with out frailty, one thing most homosexual icons who had come earlier than exhibited. That is necessary as a result of she got here alongside as homosexual individuals have been starting to shrug off the concept we have been victims of some type ourselves:
Earlier than Madonna, it felt like all homosexual icons had been tragic figures. And sure, Madonna had endured nice tragedy in her life – her mom died when she was 5 – however you by no means noticed an oz of fragility in her. Consider her in that Jean Paul Gaultier basque – it was like a swimsuit of armour. She was all steely defiance and I wished to channel this to get via the challenges life was throwing at me.
One other factor about Madonna is that she is a transitional determine. Whereas homosexual males have been absolutely on board with successive non-gay divas (Britney Spears, the furthest factor from homosexual doable; Gaga, who is outwardly bisexual; Miley Cyrus, who has flirted with being non-binary; Ariana Grande), evidently sooner or later, increasingly of our idols won’t simply be homosexual icons however act ually homosexual icons. It'll be fascinating to see if hetero divas proceed to be our dominant unofficial leaders, however we should always always remember the necessary work Madonna did towards making gayness mainstream-acceptable.
Extra at The Guardian.
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