Another iconic rock star part of the LGBTQ+ community was Freddie Mercury. Queen’s lead singer was homosexual, even though he never declared himself as gay. His fashion sense was something that always caught the public attention. With tights, overalls and fur jackets, his style remains iconic until today, always leaving gender and social norms behind.
Even though he was a star, Mercury lived in a time where his sexuality could have harmed his career. As music was everything to him, he chose to never label his sexuality, since he wanted his songs to be heard by the public, aiming not to drive anyone away because of his sexuality. However, Freddie’s songs always transmitted his feeling towards sexuality, as in Bohemian Rhapsody, which lyricists believe to be his coming-out song, even though this was never confirmed by Mercury.
Mercury was one of the first famous figures which had Aids, an “upcoming disease” that was not quite known at the time. HIV first arose in the gay community and due to the taboos surrounding this community, they were made scapegoats regarding this disease. Doctors would often refuse to treat contaminated patients, since in the beginning no one knew how the virus was transmitted. Personas as Freddy, helped to give more visibility for this issue, pushing society to fight this disease and looking for ways to treat it.