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Music's greatest gay icon: Janet Jackson or Lady Gaga?

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 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?

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Janet was already a star when she became a gay icon during her "Velvet Rope" era. The album's second single "Together Again" topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became an instant dance classic with disco elements. The song is revered for celebrating those lost, and the anthem served as an ode to a friend who she lost to HIV/AIDS. Janet has always been ahead of her time, often empowering her fans against social justices with her music. "Free Xone" is another gem from "The Velvet Rope" album about gay and lesbian love, pride and empowerment.

Below are some notable lyrics to Janet's celebratory hit "Together Again," per Genius

🎶There are times when I look above and beyond. There are times when I feel your love around me baby. I'll never forget my baby. When I feel that I don't belong. Draw my strength from the words when you said. Hey, it's about you, baby. Look deeper inside you, baby.🎶
🎶Everywhere I go, every smile I see. I know you are there smilin' back at me. Dancin in moonlight I know you are free. 'Cause I can see your star shinin' down on me.🎶

Watch the energetic music video below.


Gaga has been a huge ally to the LGBTQ community, which makes up a signficant 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.

Music's greatest gay icon: Janet Jackson or Lady Gaga?
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