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    Monique Angela Hicks (née Imes; born December 11, 1967),[1][2] known professionally as Mo'Nique , is an American comedian and actress. In 2009, she received critical praise for her villainous ...
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    She is better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Perry was born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised by Christian pastor parents; she grew up listeni...
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    Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio personality, television host, author, actor and photographer best known for his radio show which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to...
  • Jessica Lange
    Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in film, theatre and television. The recipient of multiple awards, Lange is regarded as one of the première fe...
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    A child actor who achieved popularity and critical acclaim at an early age, Neil Patrick Harris managed to avoid the typical fate of child stars who often slipped into obscurity after spinning out of c...

A gay icon is a public figure (historical or current) who is embraced by many within lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

Qualities

Gay icons often include glamour, flamboyance, strength through adversity, and androgyny in presentation.

Such icons may be of any sexuality or gender; they may also be closeted or open with their sexual orientation and gender identity. Although most gay icons have given their support to LGBT social movements, some have expressed opposition – advocating against a perceived "homosexual agenda".

Historical icons

Icons are typically elevated to such status because their sexual orientation remains a topic of great debate among historians.

Modern gay icons, who are predominantly female entertainers, commonly garner a large following within LGBT communities over the course of their careers. The majority of gay icons fall into one of two categories: the tragic, sometimes martyred figure or the prominent pop culture idol.

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