2 March 1999: Dusty dies

With a career of pop hits from the 1960s to the 1990s Dusty Springfield is one of the most successful bisexual singers we could name. She’s also a formally honoured bi, who was due to collect her OBE from the Queen the day she died.

Many bis would relate to the way she seemed to have to keep coming out over and over: in 1970 she told the London Evening Standard, “I know I’m perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. More and more people feel that way and I don’t see why I shouldn’t.”

In 1978 as people tried to find her a pigeonhole she told Gay News, ” I’m not going to commit myself to being homosexual or heterosexual, because people are going to write what they want about me – they always have.”

Following her Pet Shop Boys collaboration comeback album in the 1980s the press were asking again: she told the News of the World, “I have tried sex with both men and women – I found I liked it”.

She died in 1999 after a five-year battle with breast cancer.



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