Icon: Sylvester, Disco Queen
"I'm Sylvester...my essence cannot be contained."
Before Miss Jay, Rupaul, and any other bold androgynous diva you can think of, there was Sylvester.
Born Sylvester James in1947, the singer idolized Aretha Franklin and lived a troubled childhood before moving to San Francisco, a place where he credited for the true beginning of his life.
The disco legend stormed audiences and critics with his bold courage to dress as a drag queen and was unapologetic about his homosexual lifestyle.
In his later years he was pressured by his record label to beef up his image which prompted him to show up to meetings in full drag.
On September 20, 2004 Sylvester's famous anthem, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. A year later, on September 19, 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.
Sadly, he died from complications of AIDS in 1988. He was 41 years old.
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)