Famous Gays

Click on the name and you'll find more information (if available) about person.

A
Akhenaton (ruled 1375?-1358? B.C.E.), Egyptian pharoah
Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.E.), Macedonian ruler
Marc Almond, (1956- ) British singer
Hans Christian Anderson, writer of children's fairy tales
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), French poet


B
Basil II (c. 958-1025), Byzantine ruler
Sir Francis Bacon, writer
James Baldwin, writer (Go Tell it on the Mountian, Giovanni's Room)
Sir James M. Barrie, playwirght/novelist (Peter Pan)
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), German composer
Andy Bell, musician, lead singer of Erasure
Benedict IX (1020-1055), pope
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1991), U.S. composer, conductor
Dirk Bogarde (Dirk Niven van de Bogaerde, 1921- ), British actor
Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510), Italian artist
Boy George, musician (Culture Club)
Marlon Brando (1924- ), U.S. actor (predominately straight, but has written openly of his gay experiences)
Benjamin Britten, composer
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), Italian artist
Lord Byron, poet


C
Julius Caesar (100?-44 B.C.E.), Roman ruler
Caligula (C.E. 12-41), Roman ruler
Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacéres (1753-1824), French lawmaker
Renaud Camus, French novelist
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1569-1609), Italian artist
Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus, 87-54 B.C.E.), Latin poet
Richard Chamberlain, actor
Charles IX (1550-1574), French ruler
Charles XII (1682-1718), Swedish ruler
Charles XV (1826-1872), Swedish and Norwegian ruler
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), French composer born in Poland
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.E.), Roman statesman, orator, writer
Montgomery Clift, actor
Commodus (C.E. 161-192), Roman ruler
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French writer, artist, filmmaker
Roy Cohn (1927-1986), U.S. attorney
George Cukor (1899-1983), U.S. film director


D
James Dean, actor (1931-1955)
Christian Dior (1905-1957), French fashion designer
Donatello (Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardo, 1386-1466), Italian sculptor
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), German artist
Johann Ladislaus Dussek (1760-1812), Czech pianist and composer


E
Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), Russian film director
Brian Epstein, First manager for the Beatles
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), Dutch scholar and theologian
Magnus Eriksson (1316-1374), Swedish/Norwegian ruler
Euripides (480-406 B.C.E.), Athenian playwright
Rupert Everett, (1960- ) British actor

F
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French writer
Michel Foucault (1926-1984), French philosopher and scholar

G
Vasco da Gama (1460-1524), Portuguese admiral, explorer
Stephen Gately (1976- ), singer (Boyzone)
André Gide (1869-1951), French writer
Allen Ginsberg, poet
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer and scientist
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), Russian writer


H
Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrian, C.E. 76-138), Roman ruler
Radclyffe Hall, writer (The Well of Loneliness)
Alexander Hamilton (1757?-1804), U.S. politician and political theorist
Hannibal (247-182 B.C.E.), Cartagenian military leader
Bruce Hayes, Olympic swimmer
Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), Russian-born U.S. pianist
Rock Hudson, actor (1925-1985)
Baron Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German scientist, explorer, geographer


I


J
Jahangir (1569-1627), Hindustani ruler
Elton John (1947- ), British singer
John XXII (1249-1334), pope
Holly Johnson, lead singer (Frankie goes to Hollywood)


K
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist and Nobel Prizewiner
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1955), Danish philosopher, theologian
Amanullah Khan (ruled 1919-1929), Afghan ruler
Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov (1745-1813), Russian military leader


L
Jack London (1876-1916), U.S. writer
Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé (1621-1686), French military leader
Louis XIII (1601-1643), French ruler
Louis XVIII (1755-1824), French ruler
Paul Lynde (1926-1982), U.S. actor


M
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian statesman, philosopher
Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), Portuguese-Spanish admiral, explorer
Klaus Mann (1906-1949), German writer and critic
Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German writer
Jean Marais (Jean Alfred Villain-Marais, 1913- ), French actor
Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis, C.E. 43-104), Roman poet, orator
Johnny Mathis, musician
Sir Ian McKellen, actor, (Lord of the rings)
Stewart McKinney, U.S. Congressman
Freddie Mercury, (1946-1991) singer
George Michael, musician (1963- )
Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (1622-1673), French playwright
Richard Montague, (1930-1971) American philosopher and logician
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French writer
Montezuma II (1480-1520), Aztec ruler


N
Dave Navaro, musician (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
Nero (12-41), Roman ruler
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British scientist
Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950), Russian ballet dancer

O
Otto I (C.E. 912-973), Roman ruler
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 B.C.E.-C.E. 18), Roman poet


P
Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), Italian film director
Paul VI (1897-1978), pope
Richard W. Penniman ("Little Richard," 1937- ), U.S. singer, songwriter, pianist
Peter I (Peter the Great, 1672-1725), Russian tsar
Phidias (500-432 B.C.E.), Athenian sculptor
Philip II (382-336 B.C.E.), Macedonian ruler
Plato (427-347 B.C.E.), Athenian philosopher
Plautus (died about 184 B.C.E.), Latin playwright
Iggy Pop, musician
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) French Writer
Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalsky (1839-1888), Russian explorer and naturalist
Ptolemy IV ("Philopater," 222-205 B.C.E.), ancient Greek ruler
Ptolemy VI ("Philometor," 181-146 B.C.E.), ancient Greek ruler


R
Raphael (Raphael Santi, 1483-1520), Italian artist
Richard I ("The Lion Heart," 1157-1199), British ruler
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), Austrian poet
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet
Maximilien de Robespierre (1758-1794), French revolutionary
Ernst Röhm (1887-1934), German Nazi leader
Rudolf II (1552-1612), German-Bohemian-Hungarian ruler
RuPaul, entertainer

S
sheykh Sa'adi Shirazi (1213 - 1293) persian poet
Jose Sarria, first openly gay candidate for public office in U.S. history (San Francisco, 1961)
Richard Sennett, (1943- ) philosopher
John Schlesinger, filmmaker
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher
Franz Schubert (1797-1828), German composer
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British playwright, poet, actor
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet
Siegfried and Roy, entertainers
Willi Smith (1948-1987), U.S. fashion designer
Socrates (469?-339 B.C.E.), Athenian philosopher
Sophocles (496?-406 B.C.E.), Athenian dramatist and soldier
Jimmy Somerville, musician (Bronski Beat)
Michael Stipe, (lead singer of R.E.M.)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Russian-born composer
Suleiman I (1494-1566), Turkish sultan


T
Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Italian poet
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Russian composer
Tiberius (42 B.C.E.-37 C.E.), Roman ruler
Pete Townsend, musician (The Who)
Trajan (Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, C.E. 53?-117), Roman ruler
Alan Turing, (1912-1954) British logician, mathematician, and computer scientist


V
Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926), Italian-American actor
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Italian composer
Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), French poet
Jules Verne (1828-1905), French writer
Gore Vidal (1925- ), U.S. writer
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian artist, scientist, inventor
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70 B.C.-C.E. 19), Roman poet


W
Thomas Waddle 1938-1987 (founder Gay Games), U.S. physician, athlete
Richard Wagner (1813-1883), German composer
Andy Warhol (1930-1987) Euro-American Pop Artist
President George Washington 1732-1799
James Whale (1896-1957), U.S. filmmaker (Frankenstein)
Walt Whitman, poet (Leaves of Grass)
Oscar Wilde, playwright/novelist (The Portrait of Dorian Gray)
Tennessee Williams, playwright (The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire)
Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889-1851, Austrian philosopher


Y


Z
Yury Alexandrovich Zavadsky (1894-1977), Russian actor and director