From ABC News, "Bowie Lauded as an Artist Who Made It Ok to Be Different," 1/12/2016: "David Bowie showed this queer kid from Baton Rouge that gender outlaws are cool," wrote singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier on Twitter. "Androgyny=rock&roll, not a reason to kill myself."
"Gauthier, the singer, noted that for her, Bowie's key message was about gender, not sexual orientation. 'He shattered the binary idea of gender — as being male or female — and he created that middle,' she said. 'He showed us what a man looked like in a dress, and it was beautiful. There was an inner femininity, but it was masculine, too. And he was the essential outsider,' she said; 'in fact, he gave the impression of coming from outer space, so other-worldly was his ethereal appearance.'
'But he was MORE than human,' Gauthier added, 'and not less than human. That's an important difference.'