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This article is about entertainers; for graphic symbols, see: gay iconography

A gay icon is a popular culture entertainer, usually a woman, who has a significant following among the gay community, particularly among gay men. The term dykon (dyke icon) is sometimes used in reference to gay icons that appeal primarily to lesbians.

Although icon entertainers usually embrace their homosexual fans, most of them are heterosexual in sexual orientation. Along with being entertainers, many gay icons have been subject to high-profile personal tragedy, come-from-behind success or an untimely, tragic death.

Gay Icons are sometimes also popular with heterosexual fans.

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