Diva to LGBTQ+ Royalty: Cher’s Reign As A Queer And Ally

The epitome of a queer. With unwavering support and an undeniable impact, Cher has solidified her status as a beloved ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

In the world of entertainment, few names carry as much weight and enduring appeal as Cher. With a career spanning over five decades, this American singer, songwriter, and actress has left an indelible mark on the industry.

Cher’s ascent to stardom began in 1965 when she teamed up with Sonny Bono to form the folk rock duo Sonny & Cher. Their breakout hit, “I Got You Babe,” not only topped the charts but also catapulted them to the international spotlight.

Cher/Photo via Instagram @cher

From her distinctive contralto to her versatility across various artistic realms, Cher has captivated audiences worldwide.

Cher made a significant impact on the music scene when she released the groundbreaking dance-pop anthem “Believe” on October 19, 1998. 

The song quickly became a chart-topper, defining an era and resonating strongly with the global LGBTQ+ community. 

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This release solidified Cher’s status as a pop icon and established her as one of the most beloved and supportive allies of the queer community in the music industry.

Cher’s enduring significance in the LGBTQ+ community stems from her resilience and unwavering support. 

Cher/Photo via Instagram @cher

Alongside her iconic fashion sense, which has inspired countless drag queens, Cher’s personal journey reflects the struggles faced by many LGBTQ+ individuals as they navigate their own paths of self-discovery. 

In the words of Thomas Rogers, her narrative resonates with “the pain experienced by many” in the LGBTQ+ community during their journey of self-acceptance.

Cher’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community extends beyond her music. During a 1979 Las Vegas residency, she made history by featuring two drag queens on stage, becoming “one of the first to bring drag to the masses,” as noted by Maclean’s magazine. 

Cher/Photo via Instagram @cher

Additionally, Cher’s personal life exemplifies her allyship as her eldest child, Chaz Bono, came out as lesbian at 17 and later transitioned, with Cher fully supporting his journey.

In an interview, Cher shared a heartwarming childhood memory when, at the age of nine, she met two gay men in her living room. She expressed that, she “didn’t know that they were gay”, but that they were “much more fun that the regular men that came over to visit.”

Two Icons Collide

In this iconic linkup, Donatella Versace and Cher, two legendary icons, have joined forces for a collaboration.They have unveiled the Chersace collection, a celebration of Pride Month 2022. 

Versace and Cher/Photo via Instagram @cher 

This exciting merger brings together their diva-icon statuses, promising a vibrant and unforgettable fashion experience. Get ready for a fun-filled celebration of style and self-expression with this unique partnership.

“It has always been my dream to collaborate with Cher, and it’s finally come true,” Versace states in a press release.

The Chersace capsule collection embodies vibrant, rainbow-colored designs featuring the iconic Medusa head. The collection offers a range of items including an exclusive US-only diamante tee priced at $3,350.

Cher/Photo via Instagram @cher

Versace and Cher’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community has solidified their status as beloved allies. With Versace’s role as a Stonewall ambassador and Cher’s recognition as a queer and ally, their impact and connection with the community are undeniable.

Banner photo via Instagram @cher.

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