Whitney Houston was one of the greatest and most successful female recording artists of all time. She was a world renown vocalist whose charm, wit and even some of her scandals kept us entertained for years.
Though it’s unconfirmed, it has been rumored she had a physical relationship with her close personal friend Robyn Crawford. In a new documentary about her life titled Whitney, family members and friends describe her sexuality as “fluid,” and the film’s director, Kevin MacDonald, spoke about her sexuality in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, saying: “I think it’s fairly obvious when you talk to the family and friends, nobody is denying that Whitney and Robyn had a physical relationship -- a sexual relationship,” Macdonald says “They were partners for a number of years. My understanding is that relationship was over in a romantic sense by the mid-’80s when Whitney became a big star.”
We may never have a straightforward answer on whether Whitney was queer, but that doesn’t change her status as an inspiration and icon to many in the LGBTQ community. Her music and pop cultural presence make her a gay icon, and here are a few reasons why: