Madonna Makes Vogueing Mainstream, Battles Boy Scouts
Madonna had already established herself as an advocate for LGBT rights and causes in the '80s, but she took her gay-positive message to a different level when she introduced mainstream America to vogueing, a flamboyant style of dance which dated back to the 1960s underground drag-ball scene. Released in 1990, "Vogue" soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and came with a striking black-and-white video that taught the world how to strike a pose. More than 20 years later, you'll still find everyone from fratboys to grandmas giving good face whenever the song is played.
Madonna continues to speak out for LGBT equality. In 2013, she arrived at the GLAAD Media Awards dressed a Boy Scout uniform, called on the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gays while also calling for a "revolution" to prevent discrimination and abuse of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. "When I think about young kids in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged, outcast and misunderstood, I want to sit down and cry a river of tears," Madonna said from the GLAAD podium. Later she added, "I don't know about you, but I can't take this (expletive) anymore. That is why I want to start a revolution."-- Keith Caulfield & M. Tye Comer