"I am what I am" is a song originally introduced in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles (1983-1987). The song is the finale number of the musical's first act, and performed by the character of Albin Mougeotte, first played by George Hearn. The song was composed in 1983 by Jerry Herman, an openly gay man.
The song was later released as a single by disco diva Gloria Gaynor in 1983 on Silver Blue Records, produced by Joel Diamond, and proved to be one of the singer's best known and most loved hits among her fans. Not only a big hit in America, Gaynor's version of "I Am What I Am" was also a huge hit throughout Europe and eventually became the rallying cry for the International gay pride movement.
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