Famous Gay People

A list of famous gay and bisexual men through history.

Alexander the Great 356 BC – 323BC

Military leader who led Macedonians to unprecedented success.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Polymath, artists, scientist and one of greatest minds in human history.

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Foremost sculptor and artist

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

American poet. Wrote Leaves of Grass

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Russian composer of symphonies, operas, ballets and choral music

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

– Irish writer and poet


writerAlan Turing (1912 – 1954) – Computer scientist and code breaker. Turing had one of the greatest minds of the Twentieth Century. He helped crack the German Enigma code and became a leading developer in the emerging world of computer science.


Marcel Proust


E.M. Forster


John Maynard Keynes


Siegfried Sassoon

War poet

Noel Coward


Christopher Isherwood

Author and diarist

Lawrence Olivier




Alec Guinness


Brian Epstein

Manager of the Beatles

David Hockney


Rudolf Nureyev

Russian ballet dancer

Freddie Mercury


Elton John


Sir Ian McKellen


Stephen Fry

Comic, writer and social activist.

People who promoted gay rights

Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) British philosopher. Bentham is credited with being the founding father of Utilitarianism.He also wrote an early defence of gay rights. Offences Against One’s Self, argued for the liberalisation of laws prohibiting homosexual sex. The essay criticised society for making a disproportionate response to what Bentham considered a largely private matter. The essay remained unpublished during his life though.

Harry Hay

Founder of US gay rights movement

Peter Tatchell

Political activist. Founded British gay rights movement – Outrage!

Ian McKellen

Actor and spokesperson for Stonewall (UK)

Stephen Donaldson (1946-996)

Hernan Ponce (born 1982), current President of LACCD Gay Rights Movement,

Harvey Milk (1930–1978), openly gay city supervisor of San Francisco, California who was

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