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Will Young Named Top Gay Role Model

August 16th, 2010 12:01pm EDT

Will Young British pop star Will Young is the top role model for gay youngsters in Britain, according to a new survey.

The singer 'came out' shortly after he won U.K. reality contest Pop Idol in 2002 and voters on rights group Stonewall's website have named him their favorite gay public figure. The Leave Right Now hit-maker won 58 per cent of the vote, leaving Alison Goldfrapp trailing in second place with 15 per cent.

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke garnered 12 per cent to land third place, while 2009's The X Factor winner Joe McElderry, who revealed he is gay last month, came fourth with 10 per cent. Rapper Lady Sovereign rounded out the countdown with five per cent of votes.

Stonewall's Chief Executive Ben Summerskill says, "Pop culture is hugely influential to young people so it's encouraging to see more openly lesbian, gay and bisexual British pop stars. Joe McElderry is already recognized as a role model so the scene is now set for him to become every bit as popular with young gay people as Will Young."

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