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.
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
Alan 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.
John Maynard Keynes
Author and diarist
Manager of the Beetles
Russian ballet dancer
Sir Ian McKellen
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 The essay remained unpublished during his life though.
Founder of US gay rights movement
Political activist. Founded British gay rights movement – Outrage!
Actor and spokesperson for Stonewall (UK)
Stephen Donaldson (1946-996)
Hernan Ponce (born 1982), current President of LACCD Gay Rights Movement,
Harvey Milk (19301978), openly gay city supervisor of San Francisco, California who was
People who fought for human/civil rights – People who campaigned for equality, civil rights and civil justice. Includes Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
Women’s Rights Activists – Women who championed the cause of women’s rights. Including Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily Pankhurst, Susan B.Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Courageous people – People who have overcome difficult circumstances and difficult odds. Includes Joan of Arc, Galileo, Harriet Tubman, Socrates, Malala Yousafzai.