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Throughout history many of the most inspirational, significant and intelligent male role models have been gay. Without such men as Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton and Larry Grayson where would we be now? Listed below are some of the most famous gay men throughout history. See for yourself how they have changed the world.

Famous Gay Historical Figures

Jesus Christ :- Let’s look at the evidence. He hung about with 12 bearded men, he wore sandals, drank wine and died in a bondage position the crucifix. Among his most famous quotes to support his gayness were “Blessed are the meek” and “Love thy fellow man”. And although he knew Judas Iscariot had grassed him up he didn’t punch his lights out, preferring instead to just show he was disappointed.

Alexander the Great :- King of Macedonia, who conquered part of Asia. He was born in Pella as son of Philip II and Olympias, princess of Epirus

Hans Christian Anderson :- Danish singer, actor, storyteller and playwright, born in Odense. In 1819 he moved to Copenhagen.

Hadrian :- Roman emperor, who was born in Italica, Spain. His full name was Publius Aelius Hadrianus. In 100 AD he married Sabina. He met his lover Antinioüs of Bithynia in 123 AD. In 130 AD they were sailing down the Nile when Antinioüs drowned. Famous for building Hadrian’s wall.

Leonardo da Vinci :- Italian painter, sculptor and architect, born in Anchiano. Maker of the 'Mona Lisa'.

Sir Isaac Newton :- British mathematician, scientist, and alchemist, born in Colsterworth, Lincolnshire.

Plato :- Greek philosopher, born in Athens. 428BC

Gay Fashion Designers

Georgio Armani :- Italian fashion-designer, born in Piacenza.

Christian Dior :- French fashion designer, born in Granville, Normandy.

Stefano Gabbana :- Italian fashion designer, born in Milan. He works and lives together with partner Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana). In 1982, the first D&G studio was opened. In 1993, Dolce & Gabbana designed 1500 costumes for Madonna's world tour of 'The Girlie Show'. The D&G Company also produces perfumes.

Jean-Paul Gaultier :- French fashion-designer, born in Arcueil. Gaultier a.o. worked for Madonna, for who he designed the clothes for the Blonde Ambition Tour.

Yves Saint Laurent :- French fashion designer, born in Oran, Algeria, as Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent. In 1954 he moved to Paris to study at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale. In Paris he was hired by Christian Dior. In october 1957 Saint Laurent was left in charge while Christian Dior went holiday but Dior died of a heart attack. He was named as his successor and became the youngest ever couturier. He came out publicly as gay in an interview for the French newspaper Le Figaro in 1991. In January 2002 Saint Laurent announced his retirement.

Valentino :- Italian fashion designer, born in Voghera as Valentino Garavani. His first International show was in 1962 in Florence.

Gianni Versace :- Italian fashion designer, who was born in Reggio Calabria. Versace was murdered in front of his house in Miami, Florida, by Andrew Cunanan

Gay men in TV and Film

Simon Callow :- British actor, director, screenwriter and writer, born in London as Simon Phillip Hugh Callow. He was awarded C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 1999.

Richard Chamberlain :- American actor, born in Beverly Hills, California as George Richard Chamberlain. He studied art at Pomona College in Claremont. He became famous as dr. Kildare in the TV-series of the same name.

Graham Chapman :- British actor, writer and member of the Monty Python team, born in Leicester. He studied Medicine. Chapman had a 24 years relationship with writer David Sherlock. Most famous for playing the lead role in the film ‘The Life of Brian’

James Dean :- American bisexual actor, born in Marion, Indiana, as James Byron Dean. Dean died in a car crash.

Kenny Everett :- British DJ and comedian, born in Liverpool as Maurice James Christopher Cole. Everett died of Aids.

Rupert Everett :- British actor, model and writer born in Norfolk, England.

Errol Flynn :- Australian actor, born in Hobart, Tasmania. His full name was Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn. He was married three times: to Lili Damita (june 1935 - april 1942; son : Sean), to Nora Eddington (august 1943 - july 7, 1948; daughters Deirdre and Rory) and to Patrice Wymore(october 1950 - october 14, 1959, daughter Arnella). Flynn died in Vancouver, Canada, of a heart attack.

Charles Hawtrey :- British actor, director and comedian, born as George Frederick Joffre Hartree in Hounslow, Middlesex. Famous for the Carry On films.

Anthony Perkins :- American actor, born in New York, New York. He had his greatest success with his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'. Perkins has always tried to keep his homosexuality a secret.

Gay men in Music

Brian Epstein :- British manager of The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Cilla Black. He was born in Liverpool as Brian Samuel Epstein. Epstein committed suicide.

George Gershwin :- American composer, born to immigrant parents of Russian-Jewish descent in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote several evergreens together with lyricist brother Ira. His real name was Jacob Gershovitz.

Little Richard :- American Rock'n'Roll singer, born as Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia.

Johnny Mathis :- American singer, born in Gilmer, Texas and raised in San Francisco. His real name is John Royce Mathis. Mathis' 1958 album 'Greatest hits' spent 490 continious weeks in the American Album charts which brought him in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Maurice Ravel :- French composer, born in Ciboure as Maurice Joseph Ravel. He studied at the Conservatoire in Paris from 1889 to 1895. Ravel is best known for the 'Bolero' from 1928, which was a.o. used in films like 'Les Uns et les autres' (1982) and '10' (1979). He died in Paris.

Peter Tchaikovsky :- Russian composer, born in Kamsko-Votkinsk. He died in St.Petersburg.

Other famous Gay men

Ronnie Kray :- Together with his twin brother Reggie (Reginald) a famous British gangster duo. Ronnie has been married. In 1990 a film about their lives was released under the title of 'The Krays', with twins Gary and Martin Kemp (from popgroup Spandau Ballet)as the Krays.

Rudolf Nureyev :- Russian ballet dancer and actor, born in Irkutsk, USSR. He danced with the Kirov ballet group, when he defected in Paris in 1961. He went to London and danced with the British ballet. Nurejev died of Aids.

Andy Warhol :- American artist/painter/filmmaker/society figure, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania as Andrew Warhola jr. His pictures of Campbell Soup cans made him famous. Also known for his portrets of icons like Marilyn.

Tennessee Williams :- Author of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

There are obviously many many more. If you think we should add someone to the list contact us and we’ll stick them on

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