Controversy aside, Donna Summer is one of the undisputed disco divas to grace the earth.

Donna Summer died on the 17th May 2012, Key West, Florida following a battle with cancer.

Although seen as a gay icon, Summer’s career took a blow when in the mid 80’s reports of alleged anti-gay remarks regarding AIDS which resulted in a significantly negative effect on her career. It is alleged that she said that AIDS was a punishment from God for the immoral lifestyles of homosexuals.(1)(2) Summers denied that she ever made such a comment and in a letter to ACT UP (an AIDS campaign group) in 1989 she said that it was:

“a terrible misunderstanding. I was unknowingly protected by those around me from the bad press and hate letters… If I have caused you pain, forgive me.”


Also in 1989, Summer told The Advocate magazine that:

“A couple of the people I write with are gay, and they have been ever since I met them. What people want to do with their bodies is their personal preference.” (3)

In 1991 Summers filed a lawsuit against NEW YORK magazine when it reprinted the rumours as fact.

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However Donna’s lasting legacy is her infectious, upbeat and downright catchy tunes, which has had this writer dancing round his man-bag at many a disco.

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