LGBTQ+ celebrities, fans and allies are among those who have paid tribute to Tina Turner, the legendary soul star who passed away at the age of 83.

The singer’s death was announced on 24 May by her publicist, who touched on Tina’s iconic legacy as someone who “inspired the stars of tomorrow”.

Beyoncé described her as the “epitome of passion and power”, while Mariah Carey said the “words legendary, iconic, diva, and superstar are often overused and yet Tina Turner embodies them all and so many more – an incredible performer, musician and trailblazer.”

“To me, she will always be a survivor and an inspiration to women everywhere. Her music will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in Peace, Queen,” the ‘Touch My Body’ singer wrote on social media.

Elton John called Tina “one of the world’s most exciting and electric performers” who was a “total legend on record and on stage”.

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Gloria Gaynor said she was “so very sad” to hear of Tina’s passing and praised her for being an “iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white.”

“She did with great dignity & success what very few would even have dared to do in her time and in that genre of music,” she continued.

Former President Barack Obama said Tina was “unapologetically herself” and someone with a light that “will never fade”.


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Tina was born in Tennessee and raised in the church before rising to fame in the 1960s, eventually becoming known as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Her most well known hits include ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’, ‘The Best’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’ and ‘Better Be Good to Me’, among many others.

She was an icon within the LGBTQ+ community, singing at the first-ever Gay Games in 1982 and frequently supporting same-sex marriage.

See how others paid tribute to her below.


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