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James Dean: Gay Icon

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More than 50 years after his death, James Dean looms over America culture, appealing to every new generation. James Dean, film star, and gay icon....today on A Thousand Moms Talk.

The Gay Times Readers' Awards cited him as the male gay icon of all time."[

American teenagers at the time of Dean's major films identified with Dean and the roles he played, especially in Rebel Without A Cause: the typical teenager, caught where no one, not even his peers, can understand him. Joe Hyams says that Dean was "one of the rare stars, like Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift, whom both men and women find sexy." According to Marjorie Garber, this quality is "the undefinable extra something that makes a star."[52]

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