Am I Gay If I Still Love Freddie Mercury?

I must admit…I am sitting here on another Sunday morning listening to Fred sing about a variety of subjects. Of course, I have heard all of these songs many, many times over the years so there is really nothing new to be heard. Still, I keep coming back for more after 25 years of listening to Queen. I have love for Brian and Roger too (not so much for John) but Freddie is the man. Albeit a gay man.

So, maybe I have some sort of recessed gay gene in me that attracts me to the music. Granted, I don’t much care for other gay singers so I might just as likely be fascinated by his ginormous teeth or porn stache (which I have already admitted having a fascination with although I no longer wear one). I shouldn’t be troubled by this love for Queen music but, somehow I am.

Do you remember when you found out that Billy Squier was gay? Do you remember how dirty you felt after singing “The Stroke” thousands of time without knowing what he really meant? For those of you too young to remember, let me rewind the clock a little. Billy came out of Boston with a great pop rock sound. He was writing rock anthem after rock anthem and then “the video” came out. Oh…my…God. It even made Clay Aiken and Boy George blush. Here it is:

(You are probably going to need to take a shower to wash the gay off of you. Go ahead….I’ll wait.)

So, if other gay artists are not my cup of tea, why am I so fascinated by Freddie? The easy answer is his tremendous talent but that doesn’t quite fill the bill. I love Tom Petty, James Taylor and Lemmy from Motörhead but am not obsessed with those guys. I will tell you a secret, just between you and I. When Fred died all those years ago my eyes filled with tears. (This from a man who is frequently questioned about whether or not I actually have tear ducts). When Ben Orr from The Cars or other rock and roll stars die, I am saddened but not completely bummed out like when Freddie died.

So, please let me know if I should buy a rainbow sticker for my car or plan to march in a gay pride parade. I really don’t want to but maybe I owe it to my suppressed gay side. Of course, if it is just a fascination with a talented musician, I would feel a hell of a lot better about it. I know that makes me shallow but I am fairly confident we have already sussed that fact out many months ago.

I miss you Freddie. In a completely hetero and masculine way.


23 Responses to Am I Gay If I Still Love Freddie Mercury?

  1. For all the great Queen songs…the only FM song that can actually give me goosebumps when I hear it is Barcelona from the 1988 Olympics. If you haven’t heard it, here it is.

    Thus the genius of FM, mixing Rock and Opera. A talent lost too early.

    • tannerleah says:

      Thanks bearman. Fred could do just about anything…seemed to be having a great time. (And, yeah, I would absolutely do Montserrat Cabelle. Fat bottomed girls…)

  2. I’m sitting here in my jeans and sneakers listening to Queen. And you don’t have to be gay to love them. Freddie was badass and I too miss him.

  3. elizabeth3hersh says:

    Seeing that Freddie’s parents were of Iranian heritage, how could he have been gay? Ahmadinejad said there are no gays in Iran (I would assume that also includes FROM Iran as well). It must have been all an act TL. You’re safe.

    BTW, I found that Billy Squire video disconcerting…looks way too much like my last ex-husband. Maybe I should worry…

  4. Ram Venkatararam says:

    Tannerleah, it seems like your internal conflict on the issue of your sexuality is finally coming to a head.

    Regardless of the outcome, your money will always be welcomed at the Food Here.

    Take some time, ride a bicycle, decide if this is your real life, or if its just fantasy.

    The answer will find you.

    • tannerleah says:

      Thanks for the support, Ram. However, I see your little game. Tell me it’s “ok” to go gay so you can have Doris all to yourself. I don’t think so.

  5. art vandelay says:

    I never knew Billy Squire was gay….you’re right, the stroke will never be the same

  6. art vandelay says:

    I’m getting a little concerned about my sexuality. Just found out that another one of my best friends from high school is now gay. This is the FOURTH one in my group of five besties that is now gay…plus I was a little turned on by that photo of Mariska…will you please pray the gay out of me just in case? Thank you in advance.

  7. art vandelay says:

    P.S. I’m still awaiting your blog on Nancy Pelosi.
    Again, thank you in advance.

  8. that’s so gay…but queen does rock…Bohemian Rhapsody is the shizzle…

  9. nursemyra says:

    his bed had satin sheets on it. I was fu**ing on satin sheets when I conceived my gay son…. wait… what does this mean… satin sheets can make you gay????

  10. art vandelay says:

    Okay I was just at the gym working out and the Duchess came on my IPOD, aka “Fergie”….she’s a little masculine too but in a hot sort of way….agree?

  11. George says:

    I’m with you. Freddie was hardcore. No one else (outside of rap) could exude braggadocio with such entertaining ease. His music is really touching.

    So, now what do I do about my penchant for rollin’ thru the hood on 24’s while bumpin’ George Michael?

  12. art vandelay says:

    Yeah, if I start looking like Sam Ronson I’m in deep trouble

  13. Sarah says:

    You need to get a rainbow sticker AND march in a gay pride parade.

    It’s never too late to try and undo shallow :-).

    RIP, Freddie.

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