The documentary “George Michael: Freedom – Director’s Cut” was screened at a number of international film festivals, including documentary film festivals as well as the world’s leading LGBTQ festivals. One of these LGBTQ festivals was the In-Edit Nederlands. Here’s a quote from the festival organizer on why George Michael is a gay icon:
The artist George Michael has always been very important to me, not only because of his 80s and 90s music, but also because of his recognizable ‘in the closet’ and ‘sexual identity denial’ past. He eventually also had to cope with the accompanying stigmas in which he had to deal with later in his life.
His song ‘Freedom’ describes letting go of the past, challenging yourself to remain the same and to embrace for what is to come in future life. This is a universal thought for the LGBT-movement in their struggle for respect and equality!