Aug 3, 2017
Rex Smith: Not Gay, in Spite of the Outfits
Tiger Beat is not good at background information on its fave raves, so I learned nothing else about him. Although I assumed that such a flamboyantly feminine guy in a leather catsuit must be gay.
Turns out Rex Smith was a pop star in the midst of a 10-album career, with several charting singles, including "You Take My Breath Away" and "Never Gonna Give You Up." I often heard those songs playing in the distance, along with a steady diet of Neil Diamond, But I didn't make the connection. At the time, I was busy listening for Gay Subtext songs like "Physical" and "I'm Coming Out."
Grease in 1978, and went on to The Pirates of Penzance, The Human Comedy, Sunset Boulevard, and Annie Get Your Gun.
And the movie version of Pirates of Penzance, for which he wore another pair of extraordinarily tight leather pants and buddy-bonded with Kevin Kline.
his official website.
Apparently not gay, and maybe even homophobic. The entire country of the Philippines was up in arms when singer and gay icon Charice Pempengco was rehearsing for a corporate event in Cebu, and Rex , also performing at the venue, stormed in, told her to "stop doing what you're doing," and allegedly used a homophobic slur.
See also: Rod and Al Stewart: Coming Out in the Year of the Cat.