I came away with so many things from Bowie. Queer is beautiful: You're never too old to reinvent yourself. Reinvent yourself constantly, and you'll always be ahead of the curve. Be fearless. Be different. What you do today can inspire queer people 40 years from now.
Bowie's golden years aren't over yet. Living by his example will perpetually be in fashion. No matter if you're a graphic designer, a copywriter or Vanilla Ice, you can succeed by doing what David Bowie did.
David Bowie made me feel so much less alone and so much happier than I ever would have been without his existing. I miss knowing he's on the planet. He was my minister of strange, my muse of alienation and made looking like an androgynous alien look classy, fun and ever so attainable.
In 1995, I produced a show we created for VH-1 called Naked Cafe. We traveled around the country, interviewing musical artists as they did non-musical things, usually a hobby or other interest. Sometimes I did the interviewing, more often my partner did the interview while I ran a second camera.
Rock and roll in general, and David Bowie, in particular, helped me transition out of the hypocritical society where my parents dwelled. I got into Bowie around the same time I started questioning the upper class Iranian society of the seventies.
Was he a revolutionary? In many ways, he was different from his immensely influential contemporaries, such as John Lennon and Roger Waters, both of whom he admired but did not follow as explicitly when they identified themselves with political rebellion.