CHer, like Madonna after her, has always been an icon for the gay community.
And, with all those wardrobe changes on the show, I can see how a little gay boy in St. Louis could have a major crush on her!!
On another note, I always remember seeing Cher's daughter, Chastity, years ago in the supermarket. She was maybe 12 or 13 at the time and still a girl. She was perhaps one of the shyest kids I'd ever seen. I got the feeling that her parents' - esp. her Mom's - celebrity must have immobilized her in so many ways.