Photo and autograph courtesy of my obtained in-person autograph collection.
I don’t know how it’s possible that Boy George is 50 today, but it’s true. The front man of Culture Club has always been one of my heroes. I grew up in the 80s and Boy George was such an inspiration in my life. In a time when it was practically verboten to be flamboyant, let alone be outspoken and unapologetic for being yourself, there was Boy George dressing in drag, on the cover of every magazine, all over the TV and making great music along the way. Looking back, I remember so many people that were anti-gay, but there they were singing along to the words of hits such as “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “It’s A Miracle,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” and “Karma Chameleon.” It was the first time in my life where people listened to the music and ignored the personal details. For my generation, Boy George was a pioneer in breaking down the barriers for gay people to not have to live their lives in the closet.
When I saw Culture Club in concert for the first time, the audience was comprised of every type of person on the planet! Everyone at the concert came not to express hatred for their differences, but instead, it was one of the biggest love-fests I’ve ever seen in my life. The show was great and afterwards, I met Boy George. He had his hands full and I thought my chances at getting a signature were not going to happen. I decided to ask anyway and Boy George said, “Listen cutie, let me put this stuff down and I’ll be right back.” True to his word, a moment later he came back and gladly signed a few albums for me! I’ve never gotten over it. All I can say again is thanks so much George for all the music you’ve given the world, thanks for giving so many people the courage to live out and proud and on a personal note, thanks for giving me a memory I still think about 20 years after it happened! Happy birthday! xx