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Actress Judy Garland — is widely considered a gay icon. The Advocate has called Garland "The Elvis of homosexuals". The aspects of gay identification with Garland were being discussed in the mainstream as early as Was judy garland bisexual magazine, in reviewing Garland's Palace Theatre engagement, disparagingly noted that a "disproportionate part of her nightly claque seems to be homosexual".

It goes on to say that "[t]he boys in the tight trousers" [3] a phrase Time repeatedly used to describe gay men, as when Was judy garland bisexual described "ecstatic young men in tight trousers pranc[ing] down the aisles to toss bouquets of roses" to another gay icon, Marlene Dietrich [4] would "roll their eyes, tear Was judy garland bisexual their hair and practically levitate from their seats" during Garland's performances. Time then attempted to explain Garland's appeal to the homosexual, consulting psychiatrists who opined that "the attraction [to Garland] might be made considerably stronger by the fact that she has survived so many problems; homosexuals identify with that kind of hysteria" and that "Judy was beaten up by life, embattled, and ultimately had to become more masculine.

Was judy garland bisexual has the power that homosexuals would like to have, and they attempt to attain it by idolizing her. Writer William Goldmanin a piece for Esquire magazine about the same Palace engagement, again disparages the gay men in attendance, dismissing them as " fags " Was judy garland bisexual "flit by" chattering inanely. He goes on, however, to advance the tragic figure theory as well.

After first suggesting that "if [homosexuals] have an enemy, it is age. And Garland is youth, perennially, over the rainbow", [5] he wrote:. Homosexuals tend to identify with suffering. They are a persecuted group and they understand suffering. And so does Garland. Openly gay comedian Bob Smith offers a comic take on the tragic figure theory, imagining an "Elvis king" Courtney thorne- smith nude a "Judy queen", debating the idols:.

Elvis had a drinking problem. Judy could drink Elvis under the table. Elvis gained more weight. Judy lost more weight. Elvis was addicted to painkillers.

No pill could stop Judy's pain! In discussing Judy Garland's camp appeal, gay film scholar Richard Dyer has defined camp as "a characteristically gay way of handling the values, images and products of the dominant culture through irony, exaggeration, trivialisation, theatricalisation and an Was judy garland bisexual making fun of and out of the serious and respectable".

Other connections between Garland and LGBT people include the slang term " Friend of Dorothy ", which likely derives from Garland's portrayal of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz and became a code phrase gay people used to identify each other. Dorothy's journey from Kansas to Oz "mirrored many gay men's desires to escape the black-and-white limitations of small town life In the film, Dorothy immediately accepts those who are different, including the Cowardly Lion in a very camp performance by Bert Lahr.

The Lion identifies himself through song as a "sissy" and exhibits stereotypically "gay" or at least effeminate mannerisms. The Lion is seen as a coded example of Garland meeting and accepting a gay man without question.

In the documentary Memories of Ozopenly gay cult film director and social Goshen teacher and student pose nude John Waters spoke about seeing The Wizard of Oz as a child:.

Why would she want to go back to Kansas, in this dreary Was judy garland bisexual and white farm with an aunt who dressed badly and seemed mean to me, when she could live with magic shoes, winged monkeys and gay lions? I never understood it.

Some have suggested a connection between the date of Garland's funeral on June 27, and the Stonewall riotsthe flashpoint of the modern gay liberation movement, [12] which started in the early hours of June Some observers of the riots contend that most of those involved "were not the type to moon over Judy Garland records or attend her concerts at Carnegie Hall.

They were more preoccupied with where they were going to sleep and where their next meal would come from. Rivera said that indeed there was a feeling in the air that something would happen that night: "I guess Judy Garland's death just really helped us really hit the fan.

There was certainly an awareness and appreciation of Garland among Stonewall Inn patrons. Because the bar had no liquor license, it was passed off as a bottle club and patrons were required to sign in. Many used pseudonyms and "Judy Garland" was among the most popular. Lead character Bostonia is shown watching Garland's funeral on television and mourning, and later refusing to silence a jukebox Was judy garland bisexual a Garland song during a police raid, declaring "Judy stays.

The uprising was inspirited by a potent cocktail of pent-up rage raids of gay bars were brutal and routineoverwrought emotions hours earlier, thousands had wept at the funeral of Judy Garland and drugs.

As a year-old cross-dresser was being led into the paddy wagon and got a shove from a cop, she fought back. Garland's daughter Lorna Luft points to the connection with pride, saying that her mother was a "huge, huge advocate of human rights" and that Garland would have found the rioting appropriate.

Another connection is the rainbow flag Was judy garland bisexual, symbol of the LGBT communities which may Was judy garland bisexual been inspired, in part, by Garland's song " Over the Rainbow ". Judy Garland's father and other significant people in her life were also gay. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See also: Camp style. Main article: Friend of Dorothy.

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