Famous gay, lesbian or bisexual people – past and present. A C Benson Author Writer of Land of Hope and Glory son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 2 of his brothers were also gay. Radclyffe Hall British poet and author of eight novels, including the lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness.
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British poet and author of eight novels, including the lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness
Alejandro AmenabarOscar winnerWidely considered one of the most important Spanish directors working today even though he has directed only four films.
K D LangMusician“Something in me broods love into fearIt veils my vision leaves my thoughts unclearI've been outside myself for so longEvery feeling I had is close to gone”
SapphoAncient Greek lyric poetThe word lesbian itself is derived from the name of the island of Lesbos from which she came. (Her name is also the origin of its much rarer synonym sapphic.)
Alfred KinseyScientistDuring this work, he developed a scale measuring sexual orientation now known as the Kinsey Scale which ranks from 0 to 6, where 0 is exclusively heterosexual and 6 is exclusively homosexual.
Andre GideNobel Laureate(Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947 )“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
Best known for her short story "The Birds" and her classic novel Rebecca. Both were adapted into films by Alfred Hitchcock. Passionate letters written between Gertrude Lawrence and Du Maurier were published in a 1993
biography of Du Maurier and she reportedly had an infatuation for the wife of her American publisher, Ellen Doubleday
Civil rights and gay activist, best known as the organiser of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. During the march, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Colonel Dr.Margarethe CammermyerHighest ranking out USA Military OfficerIn 1994 she published her autobiography Serving in Silence, which was made into a TV movie starring Glenn Close. The movie won a Peabody and three Emmy awards.
E M ForsterWriter of Howards End, A passage to India, A room with a view “I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave”
Ellen DeGeneresComedianApril 1997 Ellen DeGeneres (and her character on the show Ellen) came out of the closet on national television. On September 7, 2006, DeGeneres was chosen to host the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on February 25, 2007. This makes her the first openly gay person to have hosted the event.
Ferdinand 1 of BulgariaTsarFerdinand's bisexuality was both well-known and exploited throughout European diplomatic circles. His regular holidays on Capri, then a famous haunt for wealthy gay men, was common knowledge in royal courts throughout Europe.
Graham ChapmanEnglish comedian, actor, writer and physician.He was one of the six Monty Python members and lead actor in their two narrative films, playing King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Brian in Life of Brian.
Greta GarboActressGreta Garbo and fellow actress Mimi Pollak became involved in an affair at Drama school. Circumstances did not allow the two to continue the relationship, Garbo went on to become involved with several other Hollywood actresses, though keeping her sexuality a secret. As recorded in her personal writings Garbo remained in love with Pollak until her death in 1990.
Ivor NovelloActorThe Ivor Novello Award is a prize awarded for songwriting, named for Ivor Novello, and awarded each year by the record industry to song writers and arrangers rather than the performing artistes.
Former lead singer of rock group Skunk Anansie
James 1 of England(James VI Scotland)Authorised an official translation of the Bible, which came to be known as the King James Bible (published in 1611). Responding to deflect the growing criticism over his sexuality James adopted a severe stance towards sodomy using English law.
Jean Michael BasquaitArtistIn 1981, he catapulted from being an unknown nineteen year-old graffiti writer to becoming one of the most successful, controversial, glamorous artists in the world. By 1988, he was dead at the age of 27. In 1996 his story was made into a movie under the title 'Basquiat', with Jeffrey Wright as Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol.
John BarrowmanActor / PerformerHis most prominent television role has been the con man Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood.
Leisha HaileyAmerican actress, musician, and producer.Most famous for playing Alice Pieszecki, a bisexual journalist, on the The L Word.
American-born dancer, actress and singer.
She became a citizen of France in 1937. She was so well known and popular that even the Nazis, who occupied France during World War II were hesitant to cause her harm. In turn, this allowed Baker to show her loyalty to her adopted country by participating in the Underground. After the war, Baker was awarded the Croix de Guerre for her underground activity.
Oscar WildeWriter“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” “The aim of life is self-development. To realise one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.” “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
Prince Edmond de PolignacComposerMarried Winnaretta Eugenie Singer, daughter of Isaac Singer, the sewing machine tycoon, who was a lesbian.
Portia de Rossi ActressAustralian actress who is best known for her role as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal, and as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on the television series Arrested Development.
Virginia WoolfWriter“Different though the sexes are, they inter-mix. In every human being a vacillation from one sex to the other takes place, and often it is only the clothes that keep the male or female likeness, while underneath the sex is the very opposite of what it is above.”“If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure - the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?”
Stephen TwiggMPHe was the first gay man to be out at the time of their election to the House of Commons when he was elected at the 1997 General Election, in that regard it proved a close contest for just 21 minutes later Ben Bradshaw, also openly gay, was elected in Exeter.
English poet and novelist
Her most famous affair was with Virginia Woolf
MichaelangeloFrom 1490 to 1492, Michelangelo attended Lorenzo's school and was influenced by many prominent people who modified and expanded his ideas on art, following the dominant Platonic view of that age, and even his feelings about sexuality. He wrote the Veracci Sonnets - love poems to a younger man.