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In pictures: Gay Icons
Freddie Mercury
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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.
Oscar Wilde
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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.
Kylie Minogue
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A contemporary icon is Australian songstress Kylie Minogue, whose infectious music and extravagant live tours have gained a loyal gay following.
Margaret Thatcher
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The exhibition throws up some less likely icons such as former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
George Michael
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Pop star George Michael's iconic status grew after his very public coming out in 1998 following his arrest for lewd conduct.
Marilyn Monroe
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Female figures who possessed talent but faced personal struggles, such as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland,are enduring gay icons.
David Beckham
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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.
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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.

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