America has certain hangups about gender and sexuality. David Bowie and Prince did not. The latter died Thursday, the former in January. In between, the states of North Carolina and Mississippi passed laws to preserve the male-female and gay-straight divides that both musicians pulverized and then rebuilt as a tombstone to gender norms, machismo, and identity politics.
Bowie and Prince were transgender, in that they transcended gender, and they became two of the brightest stars of the past 40 years. They are immortal. The rest of us are haggling over bathroom etiquette.