Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Freddie Mercury's Gay Life in NYC

Did Freddie Mercury have a secret and long forgotten gay past in New York City? Thor Arnold and Lee Nolan's new book, "Freddie Mercury in New York: Don’t Stop Us Now!" gives us a glimpse into Mercury's life during the time period 1980 - 1984 which was skipped over in the 2018 biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody". 

The authors share:
At that time, many of New York City’s residents and day-trippers from Long Island and New Jersey knew Queen’s music but could not identify the band members. Freddie felt free and absolutely cherished this newly found and so-unavailable-in-Europe nonrecognition. He had recently grown a mustache, cut his hair short, wore jeans and tee shirts, and blended in perfectly with the gay culture in New York—we mostly all looked alike! Freddie loved being just “one of the boys.”
Lee Nolan documented this time in Mercury's life with many never before published photos. Freddie is said to have told Lee on their last visit in June 1991, “make these photos work for you, darling!”

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