The Most Famous Gay People in History

Many famous people have been gay. These famous gay people have inspired countless others with their bravery and creativity. In this article, we’ll take a look at famous gay people in history and the impact they’ve had on society.

The Most Famous Gay People in History

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was a famous Irish poet, playwright, and novelist. He wrote famous works such as “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and his plays have been translated into over 50 languages.

After being imprisoned for two years because he pleaded guilty to the charges against him (gin), Wilde became even more famous when he went on tour in America after his release from prison. His lecture tours helped fund his legal fees while also garnering support for gay rights movements worldwide.

In addition to helping advance equality, Wilde has inspired countless other writers with elements like wit and satire that are found throughout popular culture today.

Bayard Rustin

Rustin is one of the most influential people in history – despite not having a famous name. He was a well-known civil rights activist who played an instrumental role in the United States’ Civil Rights Movement – including organizing the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

Rustin began fighting for equal rights at college when he refused to join ROTC because of its policies against homosexuality. Still, it wasn’t until after WWII that he became active in social movements across America. He marched with Dr. King numerous times throughout his life while inspiring future advocates like Harvey Milk (the first openly gay man elected into office).

Stephen Fry

A well-known British actor, screenwriter, and author. He appeared in the 2003 movie “Peter’s Friends” before landing his breakout role as Jeeves on ITV’s adaptation of P.G Wodehouse’s stories about Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves. His breakthrough into mainstream success came with the popular television series Blackadder which he co-wrote and starred in alongside Rowan Atkinson (“Mr Bean”). Since then, he has had roles on American TV shows such as The Big B, Star Trek: The Next Generation, 30 Rock.

More famous gay people in history

Virginia Wool

A writer from England who was an advocate for women’s rights.

Ellen DeGeneres

A comedian from America came out on television and starred in her show, “Ellen.”

Hildegard von Bingen

A composer, writer, philosopher, and Benedictine abbess from Germany.

Alan Turing

A mathematician from England is also known for creating the Turing machine.

Elton John

A singer from England who is known for his many hit songs during the 1970s.

Freddie Mercury

A rock musician from England played with Queen and sang some of their most famous songs, including “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

John Maynard Keynes

An economist from England noted his early work in probability theory and advancing a new way to look at economics.

Bette Midler

An American singer/actress who won awards during the ’70s and ’80s.

Jim McGreevey

The former governor of New Jersey (USA). He was outed by his assistant in 2002 after she claimed he harassed her. On August 12, 2004, he announced that he was and stated his full name as James John Patrick McGreevey.


Today, countless famous names have made history by being true to themselves despite immense adversity from society or their famous peers. These famous gay people have helped many others come to terms with their identity and inspired them to be themselves no matter what anyone says or does – just like the famous names in this article.

The current culture around gay is becoming more common to see LGBT people on TV or in movies. Many of these LGBT characters are either played by straight actors/actresses or they remain closeted throughout their roles because they don’t want to risk losing fans or having the show canceled if some had a problem with them being LGBT.

This can be seen as slightly problematic since not all audiences will accept, which could lead to violence against openly LGBT actors/actresses. However, these LGBT characters are positive role models because they show that people who are gay can be ordinary and have jobs just like everybody else. They also provide an unbiased view on the diversity of the LGBT community by portraying many different walks of life.


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