8th January 1947 – 10th January 2016
David Bowie was an English rock star who made a name for himself creating various personas and characters that mirrored different aspects of himself. He is regarded not just for his musical output but for his pioneering fluid representations of gender and sexuality.
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton in 1947 and showed promise as a performer from a very early age. Bowie started playing in bands when he was 15 and in 1969 released his first top five single. He went on to release over 40 records including 11 number one albums over a career that spanned 50 years and involved several reimaginings of himself and his style. He also had a successful film career staring most famously as the Goblin King in Labyrinth.
David Bowie brought hope and gave a positive role model to gender nonconforming people with his various personas which where often androgynous or femme during a time when gender roles were still incredibly strict. He also spoke openly about his bisexuality which was also unusual for the time. With his flamboyant disregard for heteronormativity Bowie became a hero and icon for many people who felt they did not fit the strict sexual and gender roles imposed by society.
Bowie’s death highlighted the impact of his life with thousands visiting his apartment, a mural painted in his honour in Brixton and the vast amounts of tributes giving thanks for his music and public gender and sexual trailblazing. David Bowie died of liver cancer on this day in 2016.
A Prayer for David Bowie:
Heavenly Father we give you thanks for the life, work and music of David Bowie. We pray for all those who challenge gender stereotypes and create positive images of lgbti+ people in the media and ask that the same spirit that led Bowie to bravely challenge be found in us also. We pray as well for those in the entertainment industry who lighten our dreary lives. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
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