A Gay Icon Gone

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A Gay Icon Gone

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor—insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles—was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers—unfiltered and uninhibited—stated the following:

“The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”

Yes, you read that correctly.

“When some groups complained the comment was anti-Semitic, she retorted that the only people who had a right to complain were Nazis," the New York Times reported.

Only someone with a good heart can be as beloved as River’s was while managing to include everyone as a target of her style.

"Rivers not only used the word “tranny,” which many transgender people find offensive, but she used it (in 2014) to describe Michelle Obama, and then doubled down, defending herself with her usual gusto and attacking political correctness itself. Some in the LGBT community grumbled, but many more resonated with her brash feminine bravado," Jay Michaelson wrote in" "The Very Jewish Reasons Why Gay Men Loved Joan Rivers."

Sadly, Rivers' schtick came to an unexpected end on September 4th when going in for a procedure on her vocal cords went into cardiac arrest at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. The LGBT community took River’s death hard, especially coming on the heels of Robin Williams'.

Her style of humor and feminism made her an icon. River’s time, energy, contribution, action and love for the LGBTQ community made her a hero.  The self-proclaimed “Queen of the Gays” thanked us every chance she got.

“My gay fans have been wonderful from day one,” Rivers told The Advocate just this past May.  “I remember when I was working at the Duplex in Greenwich Village in New York at the beginning of my career and the only ones who would laugh at my jokes were the gay guys. I think if I had started out in straight clubs and bars I never would’ve gotten anywhere.” Her embrace of us goes back decades.

In the 1990's Rivers used her talk show "The Joan Rivers Show," as a vehicle to promote both unabashedly and unapologetically LGBTQ visibility in the arts.

In the