Why was Joan Rivers an LGBT icon?


Eric Backes
hospital administrator | Deptford, N.J.
“Because she was such a strong friend to the community. She stood by us, especially in the age of AIDS, when we were viewed as pariahs in society. And she was very funny. I appreciated her sarcastic wit. That was her main appeal.”


Patrick DeMarco
writer | Rittenhouse Square
“She was a fearless bitch. And we need more people like her in the world. She didn’t mince her words. And she never hid the truth. Her fearlessness was a universal quality that we all strive for.”


Benjamin Deivert
playwright | Gayborhood
“She had a zest for life and didn’t care what anyone thought of her. She was very outspoken, a trait she definitely shared with the LGBT community. She kicked ass, and we all love that.”


Louis Teddy
IT support specialist | West Philadelphia
“She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She wasn’t afraid to shake the status quo. I think a lot of people found that worth emulating. But I can’t forgive her for her anti-Palestinian rhetoric. It’s unfortunate those sentiments will eclipse the positive legacy she left.”