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Will Young Is British Top Gay Role Model

August 17, 2010 (4:26 am) GMT
The singer obtained 58 per cent of the vote in a new survey, beating other stars such as Alison Goldfrapp and Joe McElderry.
Will Young

British pop star is the top role model for gay youngsters in Britain, according to a new survey. The singer 'came out' shortly after he won U.K. reality contest "Pop Idol" in 2002 and voters on rights group Stonewall's website have named him their favourite gay public figure.

The "Leave Right Now" hitmaker won 58 per cent of the vote, leaving Alison Goldfrapp trailing in second place with 15 per cent. frontman Kele Okereke garnered 12 per cent to land third place, while 2009's "" winner , who revealed he is gay in July, came fourth with 10 per cent. Rapper rounded out the countdown with five per cent of votes.

Stonewall's Chief Executive Ben Summerskill says, "Pop culture is hugely influential to young people so it's encouraging to see more openly lesbian, gay and bisexual British pop stars. Joe McElderry is already recognised as a role model so the scene is now set for him to become every bit as popular with young gay people as Will Young."

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