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Before singer-songwriter Madonna is a Grammy winner, Golden Globe nominee, mother of six children, or even the undisputed Queen of Pop, she is a gay icon. Amid all of her impressive successes during her nearly four decades as an entertainer, Madge has always made LGBTQ activism a top priority. So to celebrate her 63rd birthday on Aug. 16, 2021, let’s remember her contributions to the LGBTQ+ community, especially her decades-long fight to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS, which has helped turn around public perception.
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Madonna’s inclusion of the LGBTQ community in her 1991 documentary Truth Or Dare was just a natural extension of her life. But for many struggling with their sexuality at a time when gayness was vilified, seeing her gay dancers, friends, and co-workers just living life, loud and proud about their identities, saved lives.