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  • circa 1993
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    Over the course of music history, we’ve seen the core of many pop diva’s fanbases to be gay men. From Cher to Madonna to Lady Gaga to Beyonce. Female artists have a particular strong hold on their gay fans. Why is this? Discuss.

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    Xtina
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    Honey, a lot of the gays feel like women.  So therefore, they can relate to these female artists.  Gays love hair, makeup and fashion.

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    circa 1993
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    I agree to a certain extent. I think women speak to issues of love that relate more to the gay experience. The perspectives are similar.

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    mikeboy898
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    Similar perspectives. I believe the gay experience, especially the gay male experience, align more closely with the way women express their sexuality.

    But to stereotype that all “Gays love hair, makeup and fashion” and that gay men “feel like women” is just wrong and assumptive.

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    Xtina
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    Honey, I said most gays, not all.  A lot of gay men I know feel like women and are into hair, makeup and fashion.  Nothing wrong with those statements as I based them off of my own personal experiences.

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    Ryan2012
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    Something tells me the orange ones only fan has a completely different gay life experience than most others. Most gay men are not drag queens and/or do not want to be women. Gays love some of these singers for many reasons. Mostly because that it is dance music which is played at the clubs. NOT because they want to be Cher. {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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    YoungSoo1313
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    I am gay and I don’t love pop divas, lol.  I do like Lana del Rey, though and I don’t quite understand why she is so popular among gays if her music is a bit dark and trippy. She is not really a pop diva. Anyways…

    The statement “most gays feel like women” is quite vain. I think it has more to do with what Ryan2012 mentioned above. Most cheerful dance-pop music is performed by women. And that music is related to the gay culture specially because that’s the type of music they play at gay bars/clubs/events, etc.. And if you participate within the community, you just end up liking it. That’s the music you get exposed to.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Because they want to be women and they want to sing like them.

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    mikeboy898
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    Honey, I said most gays, not all.  A lot of gay men I know feel like women and are into hair, makeup and fashion.  Nothing wrong with those statements as I based them off of my own personal experiences.

    Saying “most gays feel like women” is still a wholly inaccurate and stereotypical statement. Maybe from your specific, particular experience it is but to generalize gay men this way is wrong.

    Anyways! I agree that pop divas music tend to be played out in the club and generally in gay culture, that music is more predominant.

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    I think historically the personalities of some of these singers were appealling because they were often people who had to overcome obstecals to achieve success, or because they had a campy quality that gay men found comforting.    In some cases like Bette Midler, Madonna or Cher, they were often people who either had a direct connection to the gay community or who were advocates for this community. Bette’s career started in gay bathhouses and Madonna and Cher were advocates for us when others wouldn’t speak of gay people.   

    Also, they make catchy music that is melodic and often has themes of empowerment or overcoming difficult times.

    I also think in contrast to a lot of the more hyper-masculine rock music or twangy country artists, historically the pop divas provided an outlet to express personality traits that we didn’t get the chance to express elsewhere.  

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    Do you feel like the community supports it’s own artists? When singers like Adam Lambert, Frank Ocean, or Mary Lambert come out we don’t go out in droves to buy their music. Yet when Britney Spears releases a new single we blow up the Internet. 

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    Do you feel like the community supports it’s own artists? When singers like Adam Lambert, Frank Ocean, or Mary Lambert come out we don’t go out in droves to buy their music. Yet when Britney Spears releases a new single we blow up the Internet. 

    I mean those artist don’t have big fanbases gay or not. If you don’t like an artist why buy it just because they’re gay? Seems awfully shallow.

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    [quote=”criss808″]

    Do you feel like the community supports it’s own artists? When singers like Adam Lambert, Frank Ocean, or Mary Lambert come out we don’t go out in droves to buy their music. Yet when Britney Spears releases a new single we blow up the Internet. 

    I mean those artist don’t have big fanbases gay or not. If you don’t like an artist why buy it just because they’re gay? Seems awfully shallow.
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    Aren’t the Glamberts very active, moderate size and active ??

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    circa 1993
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    But those artists do release good music. I think it’s ashame that we can’t support our own even when they deserve it and sing from our own perspective. 

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    Adam Lambert and Frank Ocean are male.  Had they’d been female, their albums would have sold like hotcakes.  Mary Lambert has not released anything remotely good.

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