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Music's greatest gay icon: Madonna or RuPaul?

Madonna and RuPaul kicked off the '90s with two of the fiercest gay anthems ever, becoming gay icons in the process. RuPaul broke down barriers in music when the legendary drag queen's hit single, "Supermodel," became a smash hit in 1993. Madonna tapped into the underground subculture of vogueing by gay Black and Latino men with "Vogue," one of her most beloved hits. She's often credited with bringing vogueing into mainstream pop music. Who is music’s greatest gay icon? 🎤

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Music's greatest gay icon: Madonna or RuPaul?
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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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#LoveMadonna

By the early '90s, Madonna was already a female icon, a fashion icon, a style icon and a sex icon. But she definitely cemented her status as a gay icon with "Vogue." The beloved pop star is often credited for bringing the underground culture into mainstream American culture. 

Madonna only continued to empower gay men—not just through dance, culture or her music, but through advocacy and raising awareness. She dedicated her "Erotica"-era ballad "In This Life" to a friend she lost to AIDS, telling a story about HIV/AIDS awareness and love.

Below are some significant lyrics to "Vogue," one of Madonna's biggest hits and openly gayest of anthems, per Genius.

.🎶Look around, everywhere you turn is heartache. It's everywhere that you go (look around). You try everything you can to escape. The pain of life that you know (life that you know). When all else fails and you long to be. Something better than you are today. I know a place where you can get away. It's called a dance floor, and here's what it's for, so.🎶
🎶Come on, vogueLet your body move to the music (move to the music). Hey, hey, hey. Come on, vogue. Let your body go with the flow (go with the flow). You know you can do it.🎶

Watch the iconic music video below. 

#LoveRuPaul

RuPaul is revered as the "Glamazon," "Supermodel of the World" and "The World's Most Famous Drag Queen." She's a groundbreaking drag queen, pop star, movie star, talk show host and an award-winning reality TV competition host. In the early '90s, she rose to prominence with "Supermodel (You Better Work)." The song is a gay anthem and dance classic. The groundbreaking music video received heavy rotation on MTV. RuPaul took drag culture to the next level in the '90s, becoming not only a trailblazing gay icon but a mainstream pop culture icon.

Below are some significant lyrics to RuPaul's groundbreaking "Supermodel," per Genius.

🎶It don't matter what you wear. They're checking out your savior faire. And it don't matter what you do. Cause everything looks good on you. Supermodel.🎶
🎶You better work(Cover girl). Work it, girl. (Give a twirl). Do your thing on the runway. Work. (Supermodel). You better work it, girl. (Of the world). Wet your lips and make love to the camera.🎶

Watch the fierce music video below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Music's greatest gay icon: Madonna or RuPaul?
#LoveMadonna
A festive crown for the winner
#LoveRuPaul