Stephen Gately Dies at 33

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One of the icons of the global LGBT community, Stephen Gately of Boyzone, died at 33 while he was having his vacation in Majorca, Spain. He was with his partner Andrew Cowles whom he wed through a civil union in 2006. The cause of death is still unknown. There are stories that say that he just went out for a few drinks then came back to the hotel to sleep but he never woke up.

He admitted his sexuality in 1999 through The Sun by admitting that he was in a relationship with Eloy de Jong, a member of  boyband called Caught in the Act. Their relationship ended in 2002. His partner, Andrew Cowles, was introduced to him through mutual friends Elton John and David Furnish.

Here’s the lyrics of a Boyzone song that every LGBT individual around the world can relate:

No Matter

No matter what they tell us
No matter what they do
No matter what they teach us
What we believe is true

No matter what they call us
However they attack
No matter where they take us
We’ll find our own way back

I can’t deny what I believe
I can’t be what I’m not
I know I’ll love forever
I know, no matter what

If only tears were laughter
If only night was day
If only prayers were answered
Then we would hear God say

Chorus

And I will keep you safe and strong
And shelter from the storm
No matter where it’s barren
A dream is being born
No matter who they follow
No matter where they lead
No matter how they judge us
I’ll be everyone you need
No matter if the sun don’t shine
Or if the skies are blue
No matter what the end is
My life began with you

I can’t deny what I believe
I can’t be what I’m not
I know, I know
I know this love’s forever
That’s all that matters now
No matter what

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