Carl Bean  

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I'm happy - I'm carefree - I'm gay
I was born this way
--"I Was Born This Way" (1975)

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Carl Bean (May 26, 1944 – September 7, 2021) was an American singer and activist known for interpreting "I Was Born This Way" in 1977.

He founded the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, a liberal protestant denomination that is particularly welcoming of lesbians, gay and bisexual African Americans. Before founding the first church of the denomination, the Unity Fellowship Church, Los Angeles, in 1975, Bean was a Motown and disco singer, noted particularly for his version of the early gay liberation song "I Was Born This Way". He was openly gay.

In 1982, Bean became an activist, working on behalf of people with AIDS.

Bean's autobiography, I Was Born This Way, came out in 2010. He died at the age of 77 in 2021.

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