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Rocking Out - Male Musicians Straddle the Closet

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By Robert Urban


In recent interviews, rising pop star Mika has refused to disclose whether he is gay or straight — a topic about which there has been much speculation in the gay press — even while actively courting gay audiences. His stance has resulted in a flurry of both positive and negative reactions from gay fans and critics, renewing public interest in the choices male musicians make regarding publicly discussing their sexual orientation.


In a world where image is everything, what are the career consequences for successful musicians who either refrain from speaking about their sexuality, or who openly label themselves from the outset? Are there really still serious drawbacks that go along with being labeled a “gay†musician?


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