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”.
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.
I am so, so very sad to hear of the passing of @TinaTurner, the 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 🕊 #TinaTurner pic.twitter.com/HrcJj7PltI
— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) May 24, 2023
There will never be another Tina Turner. The Queen of Rock & Roll, but also a whole genre and league of her own.
As the first star to speak out about her experience of domestic abuse, she became an emblem of freedom and fearlessness for women everywhere.
Rest in power 🤍 pic.twitter.com/jkDl1ASOG9
— Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) May 25, 2023
Tina Turner was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable. And she was unapologetically herself—speaking and singing her truth through joy and pain; triumph and tragedy. Today we join fans around the world in honoring the Queen of Rock and Roll, and a star whose light will never… pic.twitter.com/qXl2quZz1c
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 24, 2023
😭I'm crying…..this was so powerful & heartbreaking! Angela Bassett deserved an Oscar for this, dammit!
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) May 25, 2023
— Royal Vauxhall Tavern (@thervt) May 24, 2023
The Queen. Simply the best. Tina Turner will be remembered as a feminist icon. pic.twitter.com/IFDCNmcvHk
— Dr Charlotte Proudman (@DrProudman) May 25, 2023
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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… pic.twitter.com/ur7djmFHnW
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) May 24, 2023