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1 Famous gay, lesbian or bisexual people – past and present

2 A C Benson Author Writer of Land of Hope and Glory son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 2 of his brothers were also gay

3 Radclyffe Hall British poet and author of eight novels, including the lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness

4 Alan Turing British mathematician, computer scientist and theorist – WW II code breaker

5 Alejandro Amenabar Oscar winner Widely considered one of the most important Spanish directors working today even though he has directed only four films.

6 K D Lang Musician Something in me broods love into fear It veils my vision leaves my thoughts unclear I've been outside myself for so long Every feeling I had is close to gone

7 Alexander the Great King of Macedon (336–323 BC), was one of the most successful military commanders in history.

8 Sappho Ancient Greek lyric poet The 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.)

9 Alfred Kinsey Scientist During 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.

10 Andre Gide Nobel 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.

11 Martina Navratilova Professional Tennis Player

12 Andy Warhol Artist

13 Alex Parks Fame Academy winner in 2003

14 Mark Feehily Westlife

15 Benjamin Britain Composer One of Britain's greatest composers and musicians

16 Amelie Mauresmo Professional tennis player

17 Brian Dowling Big Brother Winner

18 Daphne du Maurier 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

19 Bayard Rustin 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.

20 Brian Paddick British Police Commander openly gay

21 Colonel Dr.Margarethe Cammermyer Highest ranking out USA Military Officer In 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.

22 Christopher Marlowe Writer Was this the face that launchd a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Faustus.

23 Claire Balding Sports Presenter

24 E M Forster Writer 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

25 Ellen DeGeneres Comedian April 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, This makes her the first openly gay person to have hosted the event.

26 Eoin O Duffy Irish Police Commissioner – aide to Michael Collins.

27 Ferdinand 1 of Bulgaria Tsar Ferdinand'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.

28 Will Young Won UK Pop Idol contest 2002

29 Sheryl Swoopes Professional Basketball Player Nikes Air Swoopes named after her

30 G H Hardy mathematician Known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis.

31 George Michael and Elton John Musicians

32 Nancy Cook and Ethel Smyth suffragettes

33 Gianni Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier Designers

34 Graham Chapman English 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.

35 Greta Garbo Actress Greta 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.

36 Hadrian Roman Emperor Initiated building of Hadrians Wall

37 Ivor Novello Actor The 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.

38 Skin Former lead singer of rock group Skunk Anansie

39 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.

40 Jane Addams First American female Nobel Peace Prize Winner

41 Jean Michael Basquait Artist In 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.

42 John Barrowman Actor / Performer His most prominent television role has been the con man Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood.

43 Pat St. Clements Actor Pat from Eastenders

44 Leonard Bernstein Composer

45 Leisha Hailey American actress, musician, and producer. Most famous for playing Alice Pieszecki, a bisexual journalist, on the The L Word.

46 Brian Kennedy Singer

47 Lord Alfred Douglas Writer "the Love that dare not speak its name

48 Josephine Baker American-born dancer, actress and singer. She became a citizen of France in 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.

49 Lord Byron Poet Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.

50 Marlene Dietrich ActressI am at heart a gentleman.

51 Noel Coward WriterIt is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.

52 Oscar Wilde WriterMan 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.

53 Sue Perkins English television presenter, actress, and writer.

54 Prince Edmond de Polignac Composer Married Winnaretta Eugenie Singer, daughter of Isaac Singer, the sewing machine tycoon, who was a lesbian.

55 Portia de Rossi Actress Australian 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.

56 Sir Derek Jacobi Actor

57 Jake Shears Vocalist for the American music group the Scissor Sisters.

58 Sarah Waters Writer – Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith

59 Sir Ian McKellen Actor

60 Matt Lucas Actor, comedian, writer

61 Virginia Woolf WriterDifferent 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?

62 Stephen Fry ComedianIf ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the world?

63 Stephen Twigg MP He 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.

64 Trajan Roman Emperor

65 Vita (Victoria Mary) Sackville- West English poet and novelist Her most famous affair was with Virginia Woolf

66 Leonardo Da Vinci Artist At age 24, da Vinci was formally charged with sodomy.

67 Michaelangelo From 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.


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