1 of 8 A new exhibition at London's Getty Images Gallery captures figures who have attained iconic status within the gay community, such as late Queen star Freddie Mercury.
2 of 8 Exhibition curator Ivan Massow says the collection of iconic figures spans history, with Oscar Wilde a reminder of struggles faced by gay people in the past.
3 of 8 A contemporary icon is Australian songstress Kylie Minogue, whose infectious music and extravagant live tours have gained a loyal gay following.
4 of 8 The exhibition throws up some less likely icons such as former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
5 of 8 Pop star George Michael's iconic status grew after his very public coming out in 1998 following his arrest for lewd conduct.
6 of 8 Female figures who possessed talent but faced personal struggles, such as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland,are enduring gay icons.
7 of 8 Modern men like David Beckham make the list of heroes because of their good looks, talent, and willingness to take style tips from their gay peers.
8 of 8 This early photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales was taken before her life hit headlines around the globe for her marriage to Prince Charles. She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. The exhibition runs until 6 August.