I thought it was a great question, and innocent, too. No names, but I’m copying verbatim. This friend of my friend e-mailed her with this:
I have a question for you and I feel that you will not be insulted that I ask.We saw the Liza Minnelli show last evening and I couldn’t help but notice that the audience was made up of mostly or many gay men. I noticed that before for other singers and I do know that gay men loved Judy Garland as well. What is it that attracts them to certain singers? It is the sad life she leads, her love songs, what is it? I wouldn’t see that for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez or some others I like.
Yes for Bette Midler —-
My friend replied this way (in all caps because she isn’t the best typist):
I’M NOT INSULTED AT ALL. I’M A LESBIAN, NOT A GAY MAN! HA!
SERIOUSLY, IT’S AN INTERESTING QUESTION AND WHAT I’M GOING TO DO IS COPY A FEW OF MY GAY MEN FRIENDS AND ASK THEM TO RESPOND TO ME.
I’LL FORWARD THEIR ANSWERS TO YOU AND THEN I’LL RESPOND AS WELL.
How other guys will answer, I don’t know. But this is how I replied:
Personally, I would rather be forced to eat dirt than listen to show tunes, piano bar, Judy, Barbra, or Liza. I like them occasionally, but I’d never pay to see them…or anything associated with them. This includes anything even associated with a Broadway Show or any form of musical theater.
However, I listen to rap music when I’m alone, mostly. I listen to hard rock when I’m alone. I LOVE Bob Dylan and Joan Baez!!
I’m sure my friend will copy me with more replies from other gay men. I would imagine some will reply very differently than I did and I’ll post a few answers next week to show the differences.