One of the most under-examined dimensions of Whitney Houston's legacy is her status as a gay icon

It was a performance that likely would've made Whitney Houston proud.

In the Season 9 finale of "RuPaul's Drag Race," in 2017, Sasha Velour faced off against Shea CouleƩ.

she lifted her wavy red wig from her bald head and, to everyone's surprise, unleashed a swirl of rose petals.

especially on days like today, which marks the 10-year anniversary of her death, on February 11, 2012. And especially as a gay man. 

Many queer people and particularly gay mensee slices of their own struggles and aspirations reflected in the beloved superstar's life and work. 

"I do not think that anyone would dispute Houston's gay iconicity," the French academic Georges-Claude Guilbert writes in his 2018 book.

"GAY ICONS: THE (MOSTLY) FEMALE ENTERTAINERS GAY MEN LOVE." "She was beautiful, she was black, she was fierce (sometimes), she sang dance music."

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