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Music's greatest gay icon: George Michael or Lady Gaga?

George Michael and Lady Gaga are revered in the LGBTQ community, and that's why both made it to the third round of our Music's Greatest Gay Icon bracket. Michael's "Freedom! 90" is rumored to be his low-key coming out celebration and his message of self-liberation. Gaga has been regarded as a gay icon since her early days as a pop star. She recorded "Born This Way" to celebrate and empower her gay fandom. 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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While George Michael wasn't out as a gay man at the height of his success, his coming out was both groundbreaking and controversial in the late '90s. He paved the way for other queer artists to be open about their sexuality. Though he was at his peak in the late '80s and early '90s, his success continued after his coming out and he quickly became one of music's greatest gay icons.

Below are some significant lyrics to his self-declaration pride anthem that is "Freedom! '90," per Genius.

🎶All we have to do now is take these lies and make them true somehow. All we have to see is that I don't belong to you. And you don't belong to me. Freedom. I won't let you down, freedom. I will not give you up, freedom. Gotta have some faith in the sound. You got to give what you take. It's the one good thing that I've got, freedom. I won't let you down, freedom. So please don't give me up, freedom. Cause I would really, really love to stick around.🎶

Watch the iconic music video below.

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Gaga has been a huge ally to the LGBTQ community, which makes up a significant portion of her Little Monster fandom. While hits like "Poker Face" are revered as gay anthems, her ultimate ode to her gay fans is "Born This Way."

Below are the most notable lyrics from Mama Monster's "Born This Way," per Genius.

🎶No matter gay, straight or bi. Lesbian, transgendered life. I'm on the right track, baby. I was born to survive. No matter black, white or beige. Chola or orient made. I'm on the right track, baby. I was born to be brave!🎶

Watch the incredible music video below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Music's greatest gay icon: George Michael or Lady Gaga?
#LoveGeorge
A festive crown for the winner
#LoveGaga