In many ways she epitomised the sound and style of the era.
Yet her unique voice, powerful, sensual and rich in passion, had a timeless quality that has proved appealing to new generations of fans.
Queerness is anti-classification by definition, so it looks different for everyone.On the surface, we’re the quintessential Brooklyn duo: We have tasteful tattoos and piercings, we shop at food co-ops, we attend spin class together, and we’re creative yet gainfully employed.But while this relationship afforded me the privilege of banal nonconformity, I lost a piece of myself when I got together with my once-gym buddy, James.Over time, my queerness has become emblematic of a host of characteristics other than my sexuality, like my affection for highly-dramatized solo musicians (think Morrissey and Dusty Springfield) and my lifestyle choices, like my disinterest in marriage or having children.DUSTY SPRINGFIELD was one of the finest singers to emerge from the froth and bubble of the Swinging Sixties.As our relationship deepened, my queerness became camouflaged to the outside world."Queer" is as an umbrella term for any gender or sexual expression outside of societal norms.She had a very popular and long career that spanned many genres of music. To love, to go to bed, fantastic; but to love a man is my prime ambition....Her hits included "I Only Want to Be With You," "Wishin’ and Hopin’," "The Look of Love,” and "You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me," and "Son of a Preacher Man."Dusty Springfield Comes Out: Dusty Springfield considered herself to be bisexual said in 1970, "I couldn't stand to be thought of as a big butch lady. They frighten me." But others who knew her said Dusty didn't have an issue with her attractions to women.For me, this umbrella extends to politics, subculture, and perspective.My queerness has been a continuous reexamining of myself, a process that began in my teens.