Pride Month Artist Focus – Freddie Mercury

“Those were the days of our lives, yeah
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing’s still true
When I look and I find, I still love you
I still love you”

Freddie Mercury from “These Are the Days of Our Lives”

Born Farrokh Bulsara in the Sultanate of Zanzibar, Freddie Mercury was an artist and performer of unparalleled skill. With his impressive vocal range and stagecraft, Freddie left us all spellbound. As the lead singer for Queen, Freddie wrote a lot of their music and lyrics, and also played guitar and piano.

His piano playing is featured prominently on their hit Somebody to Love:

Freddie was also a style chameleon, going seamlessly from Bohemian Rhapsody:

To Crazy Little Thing Called Love:

Freddie’s bisexuality is often erased when he is talked about these days, and that’s very distressing. His longest and closest relationship was with his partner Mary Austin, who he often described as the love of his life. He had other relationships with women, as well as men, but he’s only remembered as being gay because of his theatrical stage persona. This misunderstanding of Freddie’s sexuality is based on stereotypes about gay and femme men, and it is disappointing that bi erasure happens so often because of ignorance.

On November 24, 1991, just one day after confirming to fans that he had AIDS, Freddie passed due to complications from the illness. He died at home in the company of his partner Jim Hutton and close friends who had been keeping vigil.

There will never be another Freddie, and we are so lucky that he left such a prolific legacy. Forever really is our today:

 

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