Thursday, October 4, 2012

LGBT History Month: Freddie Mercury

Image Source, edited by Diana *BunnyKissd* Bukowski

Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 in Zanzibar, East Africa to Parsi Indian parents.  He grew up there and attended boarding school in Mumbai, India before his family moved to England during the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution when Freddie was 17.  He had been playing the piano for 10 years by then and had created a band 5 years earlier that covered popular rock & rock music.

In England, he attended college and earned a degree in Art and Graphic Design, after which he joined several bands, and eventually joined with the other members of what we know today as Queen and changed his last name to Mercury.  Freddie wrote many of the hits that Queen sang, including their first hit single, "Seven Seas of Rhye," their first big hit, "Killer Queen," and their most famous song, "Bohemian Rhapsody."  His voice stretched nearly 4 octaves, and his stage performances were energetic and flamboyant.  Tragically, his life cut short by AIDS.

Freddie Mercury died November 24, 1991 at age 45, the first major rock star to die from the disease.  The remaining members of the band re-released Bohemian Rhapsody to raise money for AIDS research, and went on to found The Mercury Phoenix Trust which has made over 750 grants to charity, and donated more than $15 million to fight AIDS.


Also this month:

~ October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.

~ October 10th is Unity Day; wear orange to show your support and remind others about the importance of bullying prevention.

~ October 11th is National Coming Out Day when we celebrate coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or as an ally. See the Human Rights Campaign website for resources on coming out.

~ October 19th is Spirit Day; wear purple on this day to support LGBT youth & stand up against bullying.

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