Frank Ocean Is Gay: A Ten-Point History of Coming Out in Music, From Bowie to Lance Bass
The Queen frontman was another gay icon of the 1970s. We think of him as being more open about his sexuality than his contemporaries. But even Fab Freddie shied away from definitive statements during interviews, creating distance between himself and his partner in public.
By the 1980s, the gay conversation was getting louder. And so were the fashions and styles. Boy George of Culture Club fame was a big part of that conversation when he premiered his gender-bending look on MTV in 1982.
A lot of folks thought he was a girl. And as soon as embarrassed men realized their mistake, interviewers started questioning the singer's sexuality. He played coy, often saying he preferred a "nice cup of tea" to sex at all. But by flaunting his flamboyance in music videos and on stage, he helped push gay culture toward its rallying days of "We're here and we're queer." There's certainly no question about his sexuality now, having quipped in 2006 that he's "militantly gay."