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Music's greatest gay icon: K.D. Lang or Melissa Etheridge?

Gay male icons are recognized in pop culture for breaking barriers in music, but lesbians like Melissa Etheridge and K.D. Lang also paved the way for LGBTQ and androgynous artists. K.D. came out in the Advocate back in 1992, uncommon for back then. And subsequently, K.D.'s "Constant Craving," became a gay anthem. Melissa's coming out story followed in early 1993, pushing her next single "Come to My Window" into popularity. 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 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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Lang and Etheridge are both pop music icons remembered for coming out as lesbians in the early '90s. Watch this epic performance of Etheridge singing her hit "You Can Sleep While I Drive" with Lang in 1994.

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"Constant Craving" is regarded as a gay anthem, and rightfully so. The single became K.D.'s first hit since coming out as a lesbian. And at the time, K.D. was paving the way for more music artists—male or female—to perform and entertain openly as gay artists. She empowered the LGBTQ community with her music, and it all began with "Constant Craving."

K.D. was an acclaimed Canadian country-pop singer in late '80s and early '90s, but "Constant Craving" was a soft rock smash, which won her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993.

Below are some significant lyrics to "Constant Craving," per Genius.

🎶Even through the darkest phase. Be it thick or thin. Always someone marches brave. Here beneath my skin. And constant (Constant). Craving (Craving). Has always (Always). Been (Been).🎶

Watch the music video below.

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Melissa was, technically, not in the closet when she came out as a lesbian in early 1993. Her sexuality wasn't really known in the late '80s, but her sexual orientation was always part of her music. She performed in lesbian bars and even submitted a demo to Olivia Records, a lesbian record label in the mid-80s. Though she was rejected, she still became a rockstar, and it was no easy feat becoming a groundbreaking lesbian rockstar.

After she came out, her popularity increased when "Come to My Window" started playing in heavy rotation and ultimately adopted as a gay anthem. Because of the song's significance to LGBTQ people and the success and acclaim of the single, Melissa won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammys in 1995.

Below are some notable lyrics to "Come to My Window," per Genius.

🎶Come to my window. Crawl inside. Wait by the light of the moon. Come to my window. I'll be home soon.🎶

Watch the music video below featuring a young Juliette Lewis.

FINAL RESULTS
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Music's greatest gay icon: K.D. Lang or Melissa Etheridge?
#LoveLang
A festive crown for the winner
#LoveEtheridge