Though nothing will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day
We can be Heroes, for ever and ever
What d’you say?
David Bowie, from Heroes
What can we say about David Bowie that hasn’t already been said? He was a beautiful, bisexual, super talented artist who had a major impact on music, art, and the LGBT community. At a time when it wasn’t safe to be so, he was gender non-conforming, openly bisexual, and gloriously androgynous.
Here is an excerpt from a 1973 interview:
And here is his video for Boys Keep Swinging, in which he dressed in drag as his own backup singers:
It’s important to remember that when Bowie was becoming famous, there will still laws against homosexuality in both the UK and United States. It may not seem bold or brave for us when artists are unapologetically themselves now, but at the time Bowie was taking a huge risk. And it paid off. He inspired many others to do the same and gave confidence to young LGBT people who thought they were alone.
Throughout his career, Bowie shifted between genres, styles, and looks. But he was always himself. Sadly, he lost his life in 2016 to cancer, just days after releasing his album Blackstar. His video for Lazarus is quite chilling in retrospect, as it was his way of saying goodbye to us all. How lucky we are that we lived at the same time as David Bowie: