LGBTQ Heroes: Freddie Mercury – The Queen who rocked the world
Flamboyant and outrageous, as the front-man of pop-sensations Queen, Freddie Mercury was a major music star.
Let’s take a look at his life and legacy.
Born in 1946 as Farrokh Bulsara, the man that became Freddie Mercury was raised by his Parsi family in Zanzibar and sent to school in India.
In 1964, Mercury’s family were forced to leave Zanzibar during the revolution at that time. They relocated to England where Mercury studied music.
In 1970, Mercury formed Queen with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
A gifted singer, Mercury also excelled at songwriting. His stage presence and live performances demanded attention – he had everything required to fill stadiums around the world.
The music of Freddie Mercury and Queen has become the soundtrack of generations, defining British music for the world.
Mercury’s performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985 is seen as one of the most iconic in music history.
Mercury avoided discussing his sexuality publicly, but his onstage persona embraced camp, and he was quite visible as a gay man in London’s nightlife. Significant relationships included Winfried Kirchberger and Jim Hutton.
Mercury died in 1991 due to complications from AIDS. He was 45 at the time of his death.
His death was a milestone in the AIDS pandemic – Mercury was one of the first major entertainment stars to die of AIDS-related complications.