“I’m happy, I’m carefree and I’m gay… I was born this way”. If Gaga echoed these exact same sentiments recently, ageing Disco heads will remember it as a late-‘70s Lib anthem. Slightly younger music fans might know it from the Pet Shop Boys-curated ‘Back To Mine’ compilation from a few years back. At a time when practically every musician, whatever genre they were toiling in (even Disco!) was very much in the closet, Carl Bean’s plea for tolerance was truly revolutionary. Bean later went on to have adventures in AIDS activism and, latterly, the Unity Fellowship movement in the USA.
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