The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but what does that really mean? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts.
There's been a few recurring themes that have emerged in these discussions around what makes gay icons: talent, relatability and time, among them. Time is a particularly interesting factor. Icons aren't necessarily legends, but it's hard to sneak recent figures in among stars like Cher and Judy Garland. Still, there are some contemporary names that have continued to pop up in the comments.
Take Robyn, for instance. The Swedish dance-pop star is beloved by many in the gay community for her other-worldly sense of style, high-energy live shows and pristine pop jams. She's frequently cited as a gay icon for younger generations, and has become a staple in gay bars and clubs. With a career that only really took off in 2005 (though she'd been around in some capacity since the '90s), is it too soon to call her an icon?
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