Move over Cher, Liza and Whitney. And Celine — enough already! There’s a new breed of gay icon curling our wigs. And while entirely subjective and generational, it’s safe to say we’re not so hung up on Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio, as we enter the noughteens.
So who’s hot and who’s not?
A Google search reveals the usual suspects: Bette Midler, Shirley Bassey, Diana Ross, Dusty Springfield, Streisand, ABBA, Mariah Carey, and Janet.Then there are our bent comrades: kd lang, Elton John, Boy George, Ellen DeGeneres, and George Michael. Also worth a mention are Cyndi Lauper, Quentin Crisp, the Pet Shop Boys, and Sandra Bernhard.
But what exactly floats our boat?
As far back as Marie Antoinette, strong females rate well. Throw in some caustic wit, a good measure of glamour and adversity — and a pink star is born. A drug addiction and several husbands seem to do the trick, although these days any number of criminal misdemeanours and a dire lack of substance also seem acceptable.  Yet Generation Next seems to ache for a paparazzi-fuelled mélange of trash and treasure.
When it comes to millennial contenders, Kylie’s still a hit, as is Madonna — just. But ranking higher, in no particular order, are: Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Jennifer Hudson, Britney, Mary J, Rihanna, and Paris Hilton. Leona Lewis, Kathy Griffin, Bree Van De Kamp, Patsy Stone and Karen Walker also rate a mention. And will Kelly Rowland really Work this year’s MG party?
But for now, the top spot must go to Lady Gaga. Quirky, progressive and kaleidoscopic, she could easily be mistaken for a drag queen — yet the world is going ‘roma-ma’ for this uber-vivid, latex-clad fame monster.
Sure, we’ll always have Donna Summer, Bette Davis, Garland, etc. And it obviously doesn’t take much nowadays. But when it comes to Gaga, she’s not all barbed wire and exploding tits. Her tracks are instant global smashes, her videos touted as production genius, and she actually appears to have talent.
After all, you can’t go wrong with feathers and glitter — much less a disco stick.

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