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Music's greatest gay icon: Cher or Cyndi Lauper?
Cher and Cyndi Lauper are among the most revered pop queens in the gay community, and both heavily support gay rights. Cher is the Goddess of Pop. So, she's been a gay icon for decades, but became the ultimate gay hero with her chart-topping smash and gay anthem "Believe." Lauper became an instant gay icon in the '80s with her colorful pop ballad "True Colors." Who is music’s greatest gay icon? 🎤
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For the past several decades—LGBTQ and women music artists have openly declared their "true colors,” supported gay rights, empowered LGBTQ communities to be born their way and gave the gurls some of the most iconic gay anthems of all time. Enter music’s gay icon. And there’s no better way to celebrate Pride Month than to honor the popular music artists who have influenced LGBTQ movements by ultimately picking which of them is the greatest gay icon of all time.

In our first round, it's Judy Garland versus Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross versus Donna Summer, Elton John versus David Bowie, Cher versus Cyndi Lauper, Freddie Mercury versus George Michael, K.D. Lang versus Melissa Etheridge, RuPaul versus Madonna and Janet Jackson versus Lady Gaga. Who's the greatest gay icon?

Don't forget to cast your vote for the rest our “greatest gay icon" debates below!

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#LoveCher

"Believe" is one of Cher's biggest hits. The dance hit marked only one of her many mega grand returns as the Goddess of Pop. With "Believe," Cher once again redefined herself not only as an artist but as a gay icon.

Cher is one of the most beloved pop queens in drag culture. "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" winner Chad Michaels has modeled her career as Cher's doppelgänger with a laser-accurate impersonation.

Below are some significant lyrics to "Believe," per Genius.

🎶Do you believe in life after love?I can feel something inside me say. I really don't think you're strong enough, no. Do you believe in life after love? I can feel something inside me say. I really don't think you're strong enough, no.🎶

Watch the amazing video.

#LoveCyndi

Cyndi Lauper has shown support for LGBTQ rights over the decades, even making an appearance on "Queer as Folk" in the aughts. "True Colors" will forever be cemented as a gay anthem classic, and the pop-rock icon forever cemented her legacy as a hero for LGBTQ people.

Lauper once said on HuffPost Live

“I’m friend and family, so...I live among my people. My sister is part of the community, and my friends are part of the community ... I started to see discrepancies and things that weren’t right, and I didn’t want to just shut my mouth, because I don’t believe in that.”

Below are some notable lyrics to "True Colors," per Genius

🎶But I see your true colors. Shining through. I see your true colors. And that’s why I love you. So don’t be afraid to let them show. Your true colors. True colors are beautiful. Like a rainbow.🎶

Take a look at the popular '80s music video below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Music's greatest gay icon: Cher or Cyndi Lauper?
A festive crown for the winner
#LoveCher
#LoveCyndi