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Gordon Ramsay 50th Most Popular Gay Icon


Foul-mouthed footballer-turned-chef Gordon Ramsay has come bottom of a poll of 5,000 gay men and lesbians asked to name a gay icon.

The swaggeringly heterosexual Ramsay, a former Scotland international, clearly has a minority appeal to some gay men.

Australian singer Kylie Minogue came first in the survey, conducted by market research company

Other unlikely candidates for iconic status included matronly TV presenter Fern Britton (30) and shovel-faced Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson (49).

The bulk of the list is taken up with singers, with usual suspects Barbara Streisand, Cher, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor and The Village People making the top 50.

In what is a sad reflection of the obsessions of gay men, the first actual homosexual on the list, Will Young, comes in at a measly 19th place.

He is followed by Elton John at number 20. They only narrowly beat a plastic doll (Barbie at number 21).

Although Cary Grant comes in at number eleven on the list, he denied being gay and in fact sued actor Chevy Chase in 1980 for saying he was.

While some biographers claim Grant was homosexual, there is little proof either way. Grant married five times.

Overall there are only nine gay men on the list, either as individuals or as members of a band. (Young, John, Wham!, Rupert Everett, Westlife, Boy George, The Village People, Steps, Scissor Sisters).

There are no lesbians on the list. That means only 18% of “gay icons” are in fact gay.


1. Kylie Minogue

2. Dolly Parton


4. Judy Garland

5. Marilyn Monroe

6. David Beckham

7. Madonna

8. Audrey Hepburn

9. Jordan and Peter Andre

10. Liza Minnelli

11. Cary Grant

12. Victoria Beckham

13. Girls Aloud

14. Barbra Streisand

15. Pink

16. Sharon Osbourne

17. Take That

18. Cher

19. Will Young

20. Elton John

21. Barbie

22. Richard and Judy

23. Cilla Black

24. Simon Cowell

25. Julie Andrews

26. Sister Sledge

27. Wham!

28. Rupert Everett

29. The Cheeky Girls

30. Fern Britton

31. Westlife

32. Beyonce

33. Gwen Stefani

34. Prince

35. Morrissey

36. Blondie

37. Boy George

38. Charlotte Church

39. The Village People

40. Ant and Dec

41. Doris Day

42. Gloria Gaynor

43. Gerri Halliwell

44. Donna Summer

45. Steps

46. The Human League

47. French and Saunders

48. The Scissor Sisters

49. Gavin Henson

50. Gordon Ramsay