He didn’t say a gay boys aspiration of being a man. He didn’t say a straight boy’s aspiration to be a flamboyant man. He didn’t mentioned sexual orientation in his comment. He mentioned male identity and the way Freddie became a living vehicle to something we now understand it is more likely to be a social structure, than a determined biological fact....
I know this is not really anything to do with your topic but, any tribute to Freddie that manages to avoid the subject of his sexuality deserves a round of applause in my book.That's not meant in a discriminatory way, rather that it just gets old.
I guess Brian chose that description because having worked, laughed, fought and suffered with Freddie over the 20 something years Queen were together, he and the rest of the band saw him as just that.A man. Not a gay man, not a flamboyant frontman, just a man.
I think some are a little too obsessed with reading homosexuality into every little comment, move and artistic decision he made.
I'm not saying one's sexuality is entirely irrelevant but what he showed on stage first and foremost was energy, passion, charisma and talent. Those elements are what any aspiring rock star should admire and try to emulate.
It shouldn't matter but I can't help get angry when I watch a Queen vid on youtube, let's say, 'Under Pressure at Wembley', where the band are a tight unit, wowing the crowd, delivering a classic and then you scroll down and the first comment is some fool who's written 'he's so fruity' or 'that guy was like, SOOOOO gay' etc.
Regardless of what Freddie may have said and done in private, you didn't see him in public marches, campaigning for equal rights or bringing up his sexuality in every TV/radio or magazine article. Maybe we should follow his lead?