February one, 2016
On January ten, 2016 all over 3rd period examine hall, I identified out that David Bowie experienced shed his battle with most cancers and died. It took me a moment to method what transpired, and I went household that working day and performed Changesonebowie on vinyl for a when. When I took to Twitter, an onslaught of LGBTQ individuals ended up mourning his decline and telling tales of how he experienced inspired them.
It was in the course of a 1972 job interview with the now defunct British tunes newspaper Melody Maker that David Bowie came out, stating, “I’m gay, and I always have been….” Interestingly, when he mentioned that, Bowie experienced been married to a girl (Mary Angela Barnett) for two several years (they ended up afterwards divorced), and 20 several years right after that job interview, Bowie married a different girl: model and entrepreneur, Iman.
This is what was so great about Bowie—he continuously broke the strict boundaries all over sexual orientation and gender. In a time when remaining gay experienced only recently been decriminalized in England, he showed the entire world just how fluid sexual orientation could be. In a 1976 job interview, Bowie instructed Playboy, “It’s true—I am a bisexual.” Bowie’s achievement and openness about his sexual orientation brought a large amount of interest to this difficulty. It need to be acknowledged that as a white cis-male—a famous one particular at that—Bowie experienced specific benefits and options that quite a few of individuals in the LGBT local community, together with individuals of colour, didn’t have then and never have now. But it is admirable that as a celeb he was so open up about his sexual orientation.
Bowie also broke boundaries in terms of gender expression. Most notably, Bowie’s persona Ziggy Stardust assisted problem the gender binary of the tunes entire world and over and above. Ziggy was an androgynous alien rock star Bowie portrayed on stage, sporting a deal with full of make-up and a overall body hugging jumpsuit. Taking part in with gender was not anything that was viewed as frequently in musicians ahead of Bowie. Quite a few musicians of now openly engage in with their gender and inspire their enthusiasts to do so as properly this can be traced back to Bowie’s influence.
So, no matter if or not you’re a supporter of The Skinny White Duke (a different Bowie persona), it is harmless to say that he assisted the tunes field be a very little more open up about gender and sexual orientation, which paved the way for us now.