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He also wrote lesbian-themed fiction under the pseudonym Laurajean Ermayne.
Gay icons may be homosexual or heterosexual, out or in the closet, male or female.
A gay icon is a public figure (historical or present) who is embraced by many within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
Some of the main qualities of a gay icon often include glamour, flamboyance, strength through adversity, and androgyny in presentation.
Dalida, an Egyptian singer of Italian origin, had a career-long gay following that extended out of Paris and well into the Middle East.
The definition of what it means to be a "gay icon" has come under criticism in recent years for a lack of substance.
Such icons can be of any sexual orientation or gender; if LGBT, they can be out or not.
Although most gay icons have given their support to LGBT social movements, some have expressed opposition, advocating against a perceived "homosexual agenda".
The character Dorothy meets an odd group of friends during her journey through Oz—the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow—and so referring to an individual as a "friend of Dorothy" meant that they were "unusual or odd" and, therefore, "queer".
Garland, as well as Connie Francis, Lana Turner and Susan Hayward, epitomized the idea that "suffering was the price of glamor...[and] the women stars of the [1950s] reflected the condition of many gay men: they suffered, beautifully".