The earliest gay icon may have been Saint Sebastian a Christian saint and martyrwhose combination of strong and shirtless physique, symbolic arrow-pierced flesh and rapturous look of pain have intrigued artists, both gay and straight, for centuries and began the first explicitly gay cult in the nineteenth century. The Advocate has called Garland "The Elvis of homosexuals". In areas that historically are not known for having or being friendly to LGBT people who do not remain closeteda "first" can make it easier for other openly LGBT persons to enter the field or for those who are closeted to come out. Rights and legal issues. The aspects of gay identification with Garland were being discussed in the mainstream as early as
Lesbian icons, sometimes called "dykons" a portmanteau of the words "dyke" and "icon" are most often powerful women who are, or are rumored to be, lesbian or bisexual.
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This path always leads to a very questionable political career.