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by on Jan.10, 2017, under Music & Theater, Queer

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Has it really been a year since the legendary David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust himself – left us?

Clichéd as it may be, time does indeed fly by so fast. It was a year ago today that the iconic David Bowie passed away, just two days after his birthday.

It was a passing that left a mark upon the industry and upon the world, for David Bowie was not just any legend. He was a legend that inspired and influenced other legends, including Third Eye Blind and Madonna herself. That makes you one hell of a legend.

This was also one legend who rubbed elbows and performed with other legends, including Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger. In fact, he not only was friends with Mick, they actually slept together. And when you remember that David was married to fashion icon Iman (his second wife and who is the best Storm we never had) for nearly 24 years until his death, you realize just how friggin’ cool this legend really was.

David Bowie was more than just his music. He challenged social norms and displayed pride for being odd, unsual, unique, strange. His androgynous look and the characters/personalities he crafted out of this helped make the LGBT community remember to celebrate our queerness – that being different was not despicable but rather beautiful, even fabulous and glamorous.

Moreoever, being openly bisexual while being well-respected: David helped lessen the stigma around bisexuality – something even certain segments  of the gay and lesbian community have a hard time accepting or acknowledging.

And in just being himself, David Bowie elevated music and the LGBT community.

Today, we remember a legend.

David Bowie will never truly die.

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