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Music's greatest gay icon: Diana Ross or Cher?

Diana Ross and Cher are both pioneering pop divas who are beloved by generations of gay people, and now the two are facing off in the third round of our Music's Greatest Gay Icon bracket. Diana became a gay icon with "I'm Coming Out," a gay anthem that's direct, prideful and empowering. 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." 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, and gave the gurls some of the most iconic gay anthems of all time. There is 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 music icon of all time.

In our third round, it's Diana Ross versus Cher, and George Michael versus Lady Gaga. Who's the greatest gay icon?

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If Diana Ross' star power, glamor, sparkling gowns and big hair didn't make her a gay icon, then the love she received from drag queens sure did. Just ask RuPaul, BeBe Zahara Benet, and iconic Ms. Ross impersonator Tommie Ross.

Billboard reveres Ross as a gay icon, and "I'm Coming Out" is one of the main reasons why. Da'Shan Smith writes:

July 12, 1979 will forever be known as the day disco died. That night, rockists filled Chicago’s Comiskey Park to destroy and burn tons of records in a Disco Demolition. Soon the genre was deemed uncool, and artists found themselves avoiding it to please consumers. The following year, Diana Ross went against the trend, and released a disco heavy self-titled album which included “Upside Down” and her boldest career single, “I’m Coming Out.”
After attending a drag performance featuring various Diana Rosses, songwriter Nile Rodgers wanted to embrace the fall of disco with a flamboyantly, rebellious anthem. He noted that the jam was also influenced by the Disco Demolition Night, where he realized no black or LGBT people were in attendance, basically categorizing the infamous event as racist and homophobic towards the true fans of the genre. The song reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and would later on become a stepping stone for those truly needing to come out. In 2016, “I’m Coming Out” topped Billboard Pride’s list of gay anthems.

Below are some significant lyrics from Ms. Ross' reigning gay anthem, "I'm Coming Out," per Genius.

🎶I'm coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show. I'm coming out. I want the world to know. I got to let it show. 🎶

Watch her perform the hit single below.

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"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.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Music's greatest gay icon: Diana Ross or Cher?
#LoveDiana
A festive crown for the winner
#LoveCher