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Proud and Loud: The Pop World's LGBT Pioneers

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By Michael ShillingSpecial to MSN Music For many music fans, there shouldn't even need to be a Gay...
Dusty Springfield British soul singer Dusty Springfield will forever have a place in the pop music...
Melissa Etheridge Her muscular and straightforward rock has often been compared to Bruce...
Antony Hegarty Recording as Antony and the Johnsons, Britain-born Antony Hegarty has blurred the...
Ricky Martin Teenybopper pinup and Menudo alumnus Ricky Martin is best known for his 1999...
Michael Stipe As the leader of R.E.M. and godfather of mumblecore, Michael Stipe is that rarest of...
George Michael George Michael was the leader of Wham! and led an extremely successful solo career....
Rob Halford Clad in more leather than a Dallas rodeo, Rob Halford led British heavy metal outfit...
Indigo Girls Earnest, folky and catchy, Georgia singer-songwriter duo the Indigo Girls consists of...
k.d. lang With her genre-bending take on country music, powerful acting, and constant political...
Freddie Mercury In the 20 years since his death, Freddie Mercury's stature has only grown. As a...
Adam Lambert Few put the "loud" back in "proud and loud" like pop music sensation Adam Lambert....
The Village People To be blunt, there's really no gayer band than the Village People, the New York...
Scissor Sisters For a decade, the not-so-subtly named Scissor Sisters have cut an electroclash...
Boy George Perhaps the first cross-dresser to be a major American pop star, Boy George, whose real...
Stephin Merritt It's the voice that first catches your ear: deep bass with touches of light, arch...
David Bowie Ah, David Bowie, the great try-sexual (he'll try anything once). Though he's since...
Davey Havok As the lead singer in alterna-rock standard-bearers AFI, Californian Davey Havok has...
Tegan and Sara Identical twins Tegan (right) and Sara Quin have been making music together since...
Jonsi While Iceland's Sigur Rós have a great many unique elements to their music, the singing...
Clay Aiken Raleigh native Clay Aiken is the best advertisement for "American Idol" the show has ever...
Rostam Batmanglij As the co-songwriter in Vampire Weekend, keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij has had a...
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