Famous Gay People

If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, you're in good company!!

(See the list of Famous Transgendered people below)

 

This is a partial list of confirmed and debated famous lesbian, bisexual, or gay people (lesbigay for short). The historical concept and definition of sexual orientation has changed greatly over time— the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until the late 20th century.

Some historical figures on this list wouldn't be considered "lesbigay" by today's standards, but they are included here because they were known to have had same-sex relationships. But even by today's standards, a relationship or two doesn't necessarily mean one is bisexual. Many people who identify as gay or lesbian have had different-gender relationships in their youth, and many who identify as heterosexual have experimented with same-sex relationships. Due to social norms that have remained consistent throughout history, little information about such matters when discussing historical figures is available; therefore, only educated guesses can be made, based on limited evidence.

A.E. Housman (1859-1936), British poet, teacher, scholar
Aaron Copland (1900-1991), U.S. composer
Abu Nuwás (756?-810), Arabian poet
Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868), French actress and poet
Adolfo Salazar (1890-1958), Spanish music critic and historian
Adrienne Rich (1929- ), U.S. poet, critic*
Agathon (450?-400? B.C.E.), Greek playwright and musician
Aguinaldo Silva (Aguinaldo Ferreira da Silva, 1944- ), Brazilian writer*
Akhenaton (ruled 1375?-1358? B.C.E.), Egyptian pharoah
Akiko Yosano (1878-1942), Japanese poet
Alain Locke (1886-1954), U.S. philosopher, author
Alan Bates (1934-2003), British actor
Alan Turing, British computer scientist and theorist
Alberta Hunter (1895-1984), U.S. singer
Albius Tibullus (55-19 B.C.E.), Roman poet
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), German artist
Alcibiades (450?-404 B.C.E.), Greek general
Aldo Busi (1948- ), Italian novelist*
Aleister Crowley (Edward Alexander Crowley, 1875-1947), British adventurer, occultist, and writer
Aleksander Nikolayevich Skriabin (1872-1915), Russian composer
Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov (1672-1729), Russian military leader and statesman
Alesandro, Counte di Cagliostro (1743-1795) Italian adventurer
Alexander Hamilton (1757?-1804), U.S. politician and political theorist
Alexander I (1777-1825), Russian ruler
Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet
Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.E.), Macedonian general and ruler
Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943), U.S. journalist and critic
Alexei Nikolaevich (1840-1893), Russian poet
Alfred Corn (1943- ), U.S. poet*
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), British poet
Alfred Redl (1864-1913), Austro-Hungarian soldier and diplomat
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), British poet
Alice B. Toklas (1880-1967), U.S. writer
Alice Dunbar (Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson, 1875-1935), U.S. editor, writer, and activist
Alice James (1848-1892), U.S. diarist
Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950), U.S. activist and feminist
Alison Bechdel, American cartoonist (Dykes to Watch Out For)
Alla Nazimova (1879-1945), Russian actress
Allan Gurganus (1947- ), U.S. novelist*
Allan Spear, U.S. politician*
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997 ), U.S. poet*
al-Mu'tamid (1069-1095), Spanish ruler
Amanda Bearse, US actress (Married...with Children), director
Amanullah Khan (1892-1960), Afghani ruler
Amy Lowell (1874-1925), U.S. poet
Anacreon (572?-485? B.C.E.), Greek poet
Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), U.S. writer
and art collector
André Gide (1869-1951), French writer
Andrea Dworkin (1946- ), U.S. writer*
Andrew Dickson White (1832-1918), U.S. educator and diplomat
Andy Warhol (Andrew Warhola, II, 1928-1987), U.S. artist and filmmaker
Angel Estrada (1958-1989), Spanish fashion designer living in the U.S.
Angela Davis *U.S. political activist, 20th c.
Angelina Emily Grimké Weld (1805?-1879), U.S. writer, feminist
Ani DiFranco, US folk singer
Anita Augspurg (1857-1943), German social reformer
Anita Berber (1899-1928), German dancer and actress
Ann Bancroft (1955- ), U.S. explorer and teacher*
Anna (Elizabeth) Klumpke (1856-1942), U.S. painter
Anna Blaman (1905-1960), Dutch novelist
Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson (1794-1860), Irish writer
Anna Elisabet Weirauch (1887-1970), German writer
Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1932), U.S. writer, orator, social reformer
Anna Ivanovna (1693-1740), Russian ruler
Anne (1665-1714), British queen
Anne Bonney (17th-18th century), British pirate
Anne Charlotte Leffler (1849-1892), Swedish writer
Anne Seward (1747-1809), British poet
Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828), British sculptor
Annemarie Grewel (1935- ), Dutch politician and scholar*
Antigonus II Gonatus (319?-239 B.C.E.), Macedonian ruler
Antiochus I ("Soter," 324-c.261 B.C.E.), Greek ruler of Syria
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell (1825-1921), U.S. minister and feminist
Antonio Allegri Correggio (1494-1534), Italian artist
Antonio Botto (1902-1959), Portuguese poet
Antonio Canova (1757-1822), Italian sculptor
Antonio de Hoyos y Vinent (1886-1940), Spanish writer
Antonio Pérez (1540-1611), Spanish writer and politician
Antonio Ranieri (1806-1888), Italian writer, historian
Antony Moorcroft (1960-1989), U.S. fashion designer
Antony Sher (1949- ), British actor born in South Africa*
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Italian composer
Arch Connelly (1950- ), U.S. artist*
Aristippus (435?-356 B.C.E.), Ancient Greek philosopher born in North Africa
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.), Athenian philosopher
Armistead Maupin (1944- ), U.S. writer*
Arnie Kantrowitz (1940- ), writer, teacher, activist*
Arthur Bell (1939-1984), U.S. writer, activist
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher
Arthur Tress (1940- ), U.S. photographer*
Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian musician
Astolphe, Marquis de Custine (1790-1857), French writer
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), British illustrator and writer
Audre Lorde (1934-1992), U.S. writer
August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish writer
August Wilhelm Iffland (1759-1814), German playwright
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), French artist
Augustus (Gaius Caesar Octavianus, 63 B.C.E.-C.E. 14), Roman ruler
Augustus Caesar ,Roman Emperor
Babur (1483-1530), Indian military leader, ruler, and writer
Barbara Deming (1917-1984), U.S. writer and activist
Barbara Grier ("Gene Damon," 1933- ), U.S. writer and publisher*
Barbara Hammer (1939- ), U.S. filmmaker*
Barney Frank *U.S. Congressman, 20th c.
Baron Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German scientist, explorer, and geographer
Baron Corvo (Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe, 1860-1913), British adventurer and writer
Baron Friedrich von Steuben (1730-1794), Prussian-born U.S. general
Baron Jacques d'Adelsward Fersen (1880-1923), French writer
Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), German chemist
Baron VonSteuben *German General, Valley Forge
Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931), German photographer
Basil II (c. 958-1025), Byzantine ruler
Bayard Rustin (1910-1987), U.S. political activist
Bayard Taylor (1825-1878), U.S. writer and diplomat
Beatrice Lillie (1898-1989), Canadian-born U.S. actress
Benedetta Carlini (17th century), Italian abbess
Benedetto Varchi (1503-1565), Florentine writer and historian
Benedict IX (1020-1055), pope
Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), U.S. scientist
Benjamin Britten (1913-1977), British composer
Benjamin Francis Musser (1889-1951), U.S. poet
Benjamin Sumner Welles (1892-1961), U.S. statesman
Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (1753-1814), North American-born British scientist
Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), Italian sculptor, writer
Bernard Faucon (1950- ), French photographer*
Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), British general
Bernice Abbott (1898-1991), U.S. photographer
Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris
Bessie Smith ,U.S. singer, 20th c.
Bessie Smith, US blues singer
Betsy Damon (1940- ), U.S. artist*
Beyazid I (1347-1403), Ottoman ruler
Bill Tilden (1893-1953), U.S. athlete
Billie Holiday (1915-1959), U.S. singer
Billie Jean King (1943- ), U.S. athlete, sports commentator*
Billy De Wolfe (William Andrew Jones, 1907-1974), U.S. actor
Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967), U.S. musician
Bjorn Lomborg, critic of environmentalism
Bliss Carman (1861-1929), Canadian poet
Boy George, British musician
Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Irish playwright and poet
Brian McNaught (1948- ), U.S. writer and activist*
Bruce Webber (1951- ), U.S. photographer*
Bruno Vogel (1895-1987), German writer
Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellermann, 1894-1983), British writer
C.M. Bowra (Sir Cecil Maurice Bowra, 1898-1970), British literary critic born in China
C.W. (Charles Webster) Leadbeater (1847-1934), British clergyman and occultist
Caligula (C.E. 12-41), Roman ruler
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), French composer
Candace Gingrich, activist, half-sister of former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
Caracalla (C.E. 188-217), Roman ruler
Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1569-1609), Italian artist
Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), U.S. writer, photographer
Carla Tardi (1948- ), U.S. artist*
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), U.S. suffragist
Carson McCullers (1917-1967), U.S. writer
Catherine the Great (1729-1796), Russian ruler born in Germany
Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus, 87-54 B.C.E.), Latin poet
Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902), British statesman, capitalist
Chad Allen, US Actor
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
Charles Demuth (1833-1935), U.S. artist
Charles Edward Sayle (1864-1924), British bibliographer, editor, and poet
Charles George Gordon (1833-1885), British military hero
Charles Hazelwood Shannon (1863-1937), British artist and art collector
Charles IX (1550-1574), French ruler
Charles Laughton (1899-1962), British actor
Charles Ricketts (Charles de Sousy Ricketts, 1866-1931), Swiss-born British artist
Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), British architect, designer, and writer
Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgandy (1433-1477), French nobleman
Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920), U.S. composer
Charles Victor de Bonstetten (1745-1832), Swiss writer
Charles XII (1682-1718), Swedish ruler
Charles XV (1826-1872), Swedish and Norwegian ruler
Charlotte Bunch (1944- ), U.S. writer and editor*
Charlotte Charke (1713-1760), British actress
Charlotte Cushman (1816-1976), U.S. actress
Charlotte Mary Mew (1869-1928), English poet
Charlotte Wolff (1897-1986), Polish-born English psychiatrist and scholar
Chastity Bono, US activist, daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono
Cherríe Moraga (1952- ), U.S. writer*
Chester Kallman (1921-1975), U.S. poet
Chris Smith, British minister of culture
Christian Bérard (1902-1949), French painter, art director, and fashion designer
Christian Dior (1905-1957)), French fashion designer
Christian Kampmann (1939-1988), Danish novelist
Christian VII (1749-1808), Danish and Norwegian ruler
Christina (1626-1689), Swedish queen
Christopher Hampton (1946- ), British playwright*
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), English-born U.S. writer
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), British playwright
Christopher Rice, US author (son of Anne Rice)
Cicely Hamilton (Cecily Mary Hammill, 1875-1952), British actress, playwright, activist
Claire Waldoff (1884-1957), German singer
Clara Sipprell (1885- 1975), U.S. photographer
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French composer
Claude McKay (Festus Claudius McKay, 1890-1948), U.S. poet, author
Claude-Alexandre Comte Claude de Bonneval (Kumbaracibasi Ahmet Pasha, 1675-1747), French-born soldier
Claudius (10 B.C.E.-C.E. 54), Roman ruler
Clive Barker, Author, director, artist. Known primarily for his work in the horror genre
Cole Porter ,U.S. composer, 20th c.
Colette ,French author, 20th c.
Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette Goudeket, 1873-1954), French writer
Colin Higgins (1941-1988), U.S. filmmaker
Commodus (C.E. 161-192), Roman ruler
Conradin (1252-1268), Bavarian prince
Constance Louisa Maynard (1849-1935), British educator
Constantine IX (961-1028), Byzantine ruler
Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1935), Greek poet
Constantine V ("Copronymus," 718-775), Byzantine ruler
Constantine VIII (d. 947), Byzantine ruler
Correggio (Antonio Allegri Correggio, 1494-1534), Italian artist
Count August von Platen-Hallermunde (August, Graf von Platen-Hallermunde, 1796-1835), German poet and playwright
Count Graf von Zinzendorf (Nicolaus Ludwig, 1700-1760), German theologian and poet
Count Stanislaus Eric Stenbock (1860-1895), Russian-born writer living in England
Countee Cullen (1903-1946), U.S. poet
Craig Carver (1954- ), U.S. artist*
Craig Claiborne (1920- ), U.S. writer, gourmet*
Cy Twombly (1928- ), U.S. artist
Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British editor, critic
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British writer
Dag Hammerskjold *Swedish UN Secretary, 209th c.
Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), British lawyer, writer, activist
Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British poet
Dame Ethyl Smyth (1858-1944), British composer
Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett (1884-1969), British novelist
Dame Lillian Charlotte Barker (1874-1955), British educator and prison administrator
Dan Savage, US columnist
Daniel Gregory Mason (1873-1953), U.S. composer
Daniel Guerin (1904- ), French journalist*
Darcy Penteado (1926- ), Brazilian writer*
Dave Kopay (1942- ), U.S. athlete*
David Bowie (David Robert Jones, 1947- ), British singer, actor*
David Dar (1910-1980), Russian poet
David Diamond (1915- ), U.S. composer*
David Geffen, music producer and recording industry executive
David Hockney (1937- ), British artist*
David Hutter (1935- ), British painter*
David Kopay, US football player
David McDermott (1952- ), U.S. artist*
David Norris, Irish senator and Joycean scholar[1]
David Sedaris, US essayist and radio personality.
David Wojnarowicz (1955-1992), U.S. writer and artist
Del Martin (1921- ), U.S. writer, activist*
Demetrius I. Poliorcetes (336-283 B.C.E.), Macedonian ruler
Dennis Kelly (1943- ), U.S. poet*
Denton Welch (Maurice Denton Welch, 1915-1948), British writer
Derek Jarman (1942- ), British painter, theatre designer, and filmmaker*
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), Dutch scholar and theologian
Diana Blok (1952- ), Dutch photographer*
Dick Button (1929- ), U.S. athlete*
Digby Mackworth Dolben (1848-1867), British poet
Dirk Bogarde (Dirk Niven van de Bogaerde, 1921- ), British actor*
Divine, US actor
Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. writer
Dmitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960), Greek conductor
Dominique Fernandez (1929- ), French novelist*
Domitian (C.E. 51-96), Roman ruler
Don Bachardy (1934- ), U.S. artist*
Donald Duart Maclean (1913- ), British spy*
Donald Friend (1915-1989), Australian artist
Donald Windham (1920- ), U.S. writer*
Donatello (Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardo, 1386-1466), Italian sculptor
Dora de Houghton Carrington (1893-1932), British painter
Doris Grumbach (1918- ), U.S. writer and critic*
Dorothy Arzner (1900-1979), U.S. filmmaker
Dorothy Baker (1907-1968), U.S. writer
Dorothy Thompson (1894-1961), U.S. journalist
Duane Michals (1932- ), U.S. photographer*
Duke Claude de Villars (1653-1734), French general
Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Scottish painter, decorator, and designer
E. M. Forster, British author
E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British writer
E.M. Forster ,English author, 20th c.
Easter Bradford, US musician, actor and human rights activist
Edgar Saltus (1855-1921), U.S. novelist
Edilberto Coutinho (1933?-1938?), Brazilian writer*
Edith ("Edy") Craig ("Ailsa Craig," 1869-1947), British actress, stage producer, costume designer, activist
Edith Cooper (1862-1913), British playwright and poet
Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classicist
Edith Lees Ellis (1856-1916), British writer and lecturer
Edith Somerville (1858-1949), Irish novelist
Edmonia (Mary) Lewis (1845-1911), U.S. artist
Edmund Goulding (1891-1959), British-born filmmaker
Edna Ferber ,U.S. author, 20th c.
Edna Lewis Thomas (1886-1974), U.S. actress
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1915), U.S. poet, playwright
Eduoard Herbert Roditi (1910- ), French-born U.S. writer*
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Norwegian composer
Edward Albee (1928- ), U.S. playwright*
Edward Burra (1905-1976), British painter
Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), British poet, philosopher, reformer
Edward Everett Horton (1886-1970), U.S. actor
Edward Field (1924- ), U.S. poet*
Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883), British writer and scholar
Edward Gorey (1925- ), U.S. artist and illustrator*
Edward Howard Marsh (1872-1953), British poet, translator, and painter
Edward II *English King, 14th c.
Edward Iraneus Prime Stevenson ("Xavier Mayne," 1868-1942), U.S. novelist and scholar
Edward Irving (1792-1834), British theologian
Edward Lacey (1938- ), Canadian poet
Edward Lear (1812-1888), British writer and illustrator
Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928), U.S. art connoisseur and poet
Edward Westermarck (1862-1939), Finnish anthropologist
Edwards Reynolds Price (1933- ), U.S. novelist*
Eileen Gray (Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray, 1878-1976), Irish architect, designer
Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946), British activist, politician, writer
Eleanor Roosevelt ,U.S. stateswoman, 20th c.
Elihu Vedder (1836-1923), U.S. painter and illustrator
Elisar von Kupffer ("Elisarion," 1872-1942), German painter, writer, and philosopher
Elisarion (Elisar von Kupffer, 1872-1942), German painter, writer, and philosopher
Eliza Cook (1818-1889), British poet
Elizabeth Alice Austen (1866-1952), U.S. photographer
Elizabeth Arden (1878-1966), Canadian entrepreneur
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet
Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Irish writer
Elizabeth Cushier (1837-1932), U.S. physician
Elizabeth Peabody (1804-1894), U.S. educator, feminist
Elizabeth Robins (1862-1952), U.S. actress, playwright, novelist
Ellen Day Hale (1855-1940), U.S. painter
Ellen DeGeneres, US comedian
Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940), U.S. social reformer
Ellen Thorneycroft Felkin (1860-1929), British novelist
Elsa Maxwell (1883-1963), U.S. journalist, socialite
Elsie De Wolfe (Lady Elsie De Wolfe Mendl, 1865-1950), U.S. interior designer
Elton John *English Rock Star, 20th c.
Emile-Marie Bouchard ("Polaire," 1877-1939, French actress and singer
Emily Anderson (1956- ), British photographer*
Emily Blackwell (1826-1910), U.S. physician
Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist and writer
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet
Emily Faithfull (1835-1895), British printer and activist
Emma Calvé (1858-1942), French opera singer
Emma Goldman (1869-1940), Lithuanian-born U.S. revolutionary, lecturer, journalist
Emma Stebbins (1815-1882), U.S. sculptor
Enrique IV of Castile (1425-1474), ruler of Castile and Leon
Enzo Cucci (1950- ), Italian artist*
Eric Bentley (1916- ), British-born U.S. critic, theatre director, and translator*
Ernest Milton (1890-1974), British playwright
Ernest Rhys (1859-1946), British editor and writer
Ernest Thesiger (1879-1961), British actor
Ernst Kantorowicz (1895-1963), German-American historian
Ernst Roehm (Röhm), leader of the Nazi SA, killed by Hitler
Errol Flynn (1909-1959), U.S. actor
Erte (Romain de Tirtoff, 1892-1990), Russian-born designer and artist
Erwin Olaf (Erwin Olaf Springveld, 1959- ), Dutch photographer
Esme Percy (1887-1957), British actor
Essex Hemphill (1957- ), U.S. poet*
Ethel F.L.R. Robertson ("Henry Handel Richardson," 1870-1946), Australian novelist
Ethel Sands (1873-1962), U.S.-born painter and arts patron
Ethel Walker (1861-1951), British painter
Ethel Waters (1900-1977), U.S. singer
Eugéne Delacroix (1799-1863), French artist
Eugene, Prince of Savoy (1663-1736), French-Italian-Austrian general
Euripides (480-406 B.C.E.), Athenian playwright
Eva Selina Gore-Booth (1870-1926), Irish poet and social reformer
Evelien Eshius (1942- ), Dutch politician*
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British writer
F.O. (Francis Otto) Matthiessen (1902-1950), U.S. teacher, critic
F.W.H. Myers (Frederic William Henry Myers, 1843-1901), British poet and literary critic
Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actress and writer
Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish writer
Felicja Vestfali (Felicja Westfalowicz, 1824-1880), Polish opera singer
Ferdinand I (1861-1948), Bulgarian ruler
Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), Portuguese-Spanish admiral, explorer
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), Portuguese poet
Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), Italian pianist, composer
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), Italian poet, scholar
Florence Converse (1871-1967), U.S. teacher and novelist
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), British nurse, reformer
Florence Wyle (1881-1968), Canadian sculptor
Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), U.S. painter
Forrest Reid (1875-1947), Irish novelist
Fran Winant (1943- ), U.S. artist*
Frances (Norma) Loring (1887-1968), Canadian sculptor
Frances Benjamin Johnson (1864-1952), U.S. photographer
Frances E. Willard (1839-1898), U.S. reformer
Frances E.W. Harper (1825-1911), U.S. writer and social reformer
Frances May Witherspoon (1886-1973), U.S. pacifist and political activist
Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), British journalist, feminist, lecturer, social reformer
Francesco Algarotti (1712-1764), Italian philosopher and art connoiseur
Francis Bacon (1910-1992), Irish-born British painter
Francis Grierson (Benjamin Henry Jesse Francis Shepard, 1848-1927), English-born
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French composer
Franco Zeffirelli (1924- ), Italian filmmaker and theatre set designer*
Francois Le Metel de Boisrobert (1592-1662), French literary patron
Francois Mauriac (1885-1970), French writer
Frank Faulkner (1946- ), U.S. painter*
Frank O'Hara (1926-1946), U.S. poet, critic
Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian playwright
Franz Schubert (1797-1828), German composer
Freddie Mercury, British lead singer for Queen
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), French composer born in Poland
Frederic Prokosch (1908-1989), U.S. novelist
Frederick Delius (1862-1934), British composer
Frederick Holland Day (1864-1933), U.S. photographer
Frederick Leighton (1830-1896), British painter and sculptor
Frederick Newton Arvin, Jr. (1900-1963), U.S. writer and literary critic
Frederick the Great ,King of Prussia
Frederick the Great (1712-1786), Prussian ruler
Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), British hymn-writer and theologian
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Mexican painter
Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854-1902), German industrialist
Friedrich Krohnke (1956- ), German writer*
Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe Murnau (1889-1931), German film director
Gabriel Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and playwright, martyred in the Spanish Civil War.
Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863-1938), Italian poet and politician
Gabrielle De Veaux Clements (1858-1948), U.S. painter
Gale Wilhelm (1908-1991), U.S. novelist*
Gasparino Damata (Gasparino da Mata e Silva, 1918- ), Brazilian writer*
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), German composer
George Birimisa (1924- ), U.S. actor and playwright*
George Cecil Ives (1867-1950), British writer born in Germany
George Cukor (1899-1983), U.S. film director
George Dureau (1930- ), U.S. photographer*
George Edward Woodberry (1855-1930), U.S. poet
George Emlyn Williams (1905-1987), British actor, playwright, and theatre director
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), German composer
George Gershwin (1898-1937), U.S. composer
George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), British poet
George III (1738-1820), British ruler
George Kelly (1887-1974), U.S. playwright
George Michael, British singer
George Platt Lynes (1907-1955), U.S. photographer
George Sand (Aurore Dupin, 1803-1876), French writer
George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher
George Tooker (1920- ), U.S. artist*
George Washington Carver (1864-1943), U.S. scientist and teacher
Georges II (1890-1947), Greek ruler
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), U.S. painter
Georgy Vasilievich Chicherin (1872-1936), Russian diplomat
Gerald Heard (1889-1971), British writer
Gerald Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet
Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Baron Berners (1883-1950), British composer
Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury (1812-1880), British writer
Gerard Philipe (1922-1959), French actor
Gerry E. Studds (1937- ), U.S. politician*
Gerry Studds *U.S. Congressman, 20th c.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S.-born writer, patron of the arts
Gian Carlo Menotti (1911- ), U.S. composer*
Gilles de Raiz (1404-1440), French general
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi ("Il Sodoma," 1477?-1549), Italian painter
Giovanni Della Casa (1503-1556), Italian poet and religious leader
Giulio Alberoni (1664-1752), Italian statesman
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Italian composer
Gladys Bentley (1907-1960), U.S. entertainer
Gladys Hynes (1888-1958), British painter
Glenway Wescott (1901-1987), U.S. writer
Glyn Warren Philpot (1884-1937), British painter
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862-1932), British historian and humanist
Gore Vidal (1925- ), U.S. writer*
Grace Greenwood (Sara Jane Clarke Lippincott, 1823-1904), U.S. writer
Graham Norton, UK chat show host
Greg Louganis *U.S. Olympic swimmer, 20th c.
Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actress
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, 1591-1666), Italian painter
Guido Bachmann (1940- ), German writer*
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), French poet and critic
Guillaume Cardinal Dubois (1656-1723), French statesman
Gustav Grundgens (1899-1963), German actor and director
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French writer
Gustave Mauritz Armfelt (1757-1814), Finnish-born Swedish statesman
Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), French artist
Gustavus III (1746-1792), Swedish ruler
Gustavus V (1858-1950), Swedish ruler
Guy Burgess (1911-1963), British spy
Guy Hocquenghem (1946-1988), French writer, filmmaker, activist
Guy Irving Anderson (1906- ), U.S. artist*
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (1896-1992), British actress
Gwen John (1876-1939), British painter
H. Harkness Flagler (1870-1952), U.S. financier and socialite
Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrian, C.E. 76-138), Roman ruler
Hafiz (Shams ud-Din Mohammed, d. 1389?), Persian poet
Hall Caine (1853-1931), British novelist
Halston (Roy Halston Frowick, 1932-1990), U.S. fashion designer
Hannah Gluckstein ("Gluck," 1895-1978), British painter
Hannah Höch (1899-1978), German painter
Hannah Snell (1723-1792), British soldier
Hannibal (247-182 B.C.E.), Cartagenian military leader
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Danish writer
Hans Henny Jahnn (1894-1959), German novelist and dramatist
Hans Licht (Paul Brandts, 1875-1929), German classics scholar
Harmony Lynn Hammond (1944- ), U.S. artist*
Harold Jackman (1901-1961), U.S. educator and arts patron
Harold Monro (1879-1932), British poet, editor, bookstore owner, publisher
Harold Norse (1916- ), U.S. poet*
Harriet (Goodhue) Hosmer (1830-1908), U.S. sculptor
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer and political economist
Harry Britt (1938- ), U.S. minister and politician*
Harry Hay (1912- ), U.S. activist*
Harry Stack Sullivan (1892-1949), U.S. psychologist
Hart Crane (1899-1932), U.S. poet
Harvey Fierstein, US actor, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy)
Harvey Milk (1930-1978), U.S. politician, political activist
Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist
Hedda Lettuce, drag performer
Heinrich Hoessli (1784-1864), Swiss-German writer
Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811), German writer
Helen Marot (1865-1940), U.S. labor activist
Helen Rose Hull (1888-1971), U.S. writer and teacher
Heliogabulus (Varius Avitus Bassianus, C.E. 204-222), Roman ruler
Henriëtte Hilda Bosmans (1895-1952), Dutch pianist and composer
Henry (1726-1802), Prussian prince
Henry Blake Fuller (1857-1929), U.S. novelist
Henry Cowell (1897-1965), U.S. composer
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. writer
Henry de Montherlant (1895-1970), French writer
Henry III (1551-1589), French ruler
Henry IV of Castile (1425-1472), Castlian ruler
Henry James (1843-1916), British writer
Henry More (1614-1687), British philosopher and theologian
Henry Pu Yi (Hsuan T'ung, 1906-1967), Chinese ruler
Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929), British painter
Herbert List (1903-1975), German photographer
Herman Bang (1857-1912), Danish novelist
Herman Melville ,U.S. author, 19th c.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. writer
Hilary Rosen, President of the RIAA
Hilda Doolittle ("H.D.," 1886-1961), U.S. poet and scholar
Honoré Gabriel Rigueti de Mirabeau (1749-1791), French statesman
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65-8 B.C.E.), Roman poet
Horatio Alger, Jr. ,U.S. author, 19th c.
Horatio Herbert Kitchener (1850-1916), British general
Howard Ashman (1950-1991), U.S. songwriter
Howard Brown (1924-1975), U.S. public health administrator and writer
Hubert Fichte (1935-1986), German writer
Hugh Beaumont (1908-1973), British film producer
Hugh Walpole (1884-1941), British writer
I.A.R. Wylie (Ida Alexa Ross Wylie, 1885-1959), Australian novelist
Ian McKellen, British actor (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings)
Iemitsu Tokugawa (1604-1651), Japanese military leader
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Russian-born composer
Il Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, 1503-1572), Italian painter
Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), U.S. choreographer and dancer
Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), U.S. choreographer, dancer
Ivor Novello (1893-1951), British actor, playwright, songwriter
J. Edgar Hoover *U.S. director of the FBI., 20th c.
J.C. Leyendecker (1874-1951), U.S. illustrator
J.K. Huysmans (Charles Marie Georges Huysmans, 1848-1907), French writer
J.R. Ackerly (Joe Randolph Ackerly, 1896-1967), British writer
Jacinto Benavente y Martínez (1866-1954), Spanish playwright
Jack Cole (1911-1974), U.S. dancer and choreographer
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), U.S. writer
Jack London (1876-1916), U.S. writer
Jack Spicer (John Lester, 1925-1965), U.S. writer
Jackie "Moms" Mabley (Mary Aiken, 1894-1975), U.S. singer, actor
Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), French artist
Jahangir (1569-1627), Hindustani ruler
James Agate (1877-1942), British critic
James Baldwin ,U.S. author, 20th c.
James Baldwin (1924-1988), U.S. writer
James Broughton (1913- ), U.S. poet, filmmaker, and playwright*
James Buchanan (1791-1868), U.S. president
James Dean (1931-1955), U.S. actor
James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915), British playwright, novelist, and poet
James I (1566-1625), British and Scottish ruler
James Ingram Merrill (1926- ), U.S. poet*
James Mills Peirce (1834-1906), U.S. mathematician
James Mitchell Leisen (1898-1972), U.S. filmmaker
James Pope-Hennessy (1906-1916), British editor and author
James Schuyler (1923- ), U.S. poet*
James Spada (1950- ), U.S. writer*
James Whale (1896-1957), U.S. filmmaker
James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), U.S. poet
Jan Lechon (1899-1956), Polish writer and critic
Jane Addams (1866-1935), U.S. social reformer
Jane Bowles (1917-1973), U.S. writer
Jane Chambers (1937-1983), U.S. writer
Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928), British scholar and translator
Jane Gay (1830-1919), U.S. photographer
Jane Rule (1931- ), Canadian writer*
Janet Cooling (1951- ), U.S. artist*
Janet Flanner ("Genet," 1892-1978), U.S. journalist
Janis Ian (1951- ), U.S. singer and songwriter*
Janis Joplin (1943-1970), U.S. singer
Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (1894-1980), Polish writer
Jasper Johns (1930- ), U.S. artist*
Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), Italian-born French composer
Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière (1622-1673), French playwright
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French writer, artist, filmmaker
Jean Genet (1910-1986), French writer
Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès (1753-1824), French lawmaker
Jean Marais (Jean Alfred Villain-Marais, 1913- ), French actor*
Jean Vigo (1905-1934), French filmmaker
Jean-Louis Géricault (1791-1824), French artist
Jeanne Eagles (1890-1929), U.S. actress
Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976), German graphic artist
Jeanne Recamier (1777-1849), French arts patron
Jeannette Augustus Marks (1875-1964), U.S. educator
Jedd Garet (1955- ), U.S. artist*
Jerome Caja (1958- ), U.S. artist*
Jérôme Duquesnoy (1602-1654), Flemish sculptor and engraver
Jerry Dreva ("Jerri Bonbon," 1945- ), U.S. artist*
Jerry Smith (1943-1986), U.S. athlete
Jewelle Gomez (1948- ), U.S. writer*
Jill Posner (1953- ), British photographer*
Jim Dine (1935- ), U.S. artist*
Jimmy Sommerville, lead singer for Bronski Beat, The Communards, and solo performer
Joan Baez (1941- ), U.S. singer*
Joan Crawford (1908-1977), U.S. actress
Joan Eardley (1921-1963), Scottish painter
Joan Jett, musician
Joan Nestle (1940- ), U.S. writer*
Jody Pinto (1942- ), U.S. artist*
Joe Brainard (1942- ), U.S. poet, artist*
Joe Orton (John Kingsley Orton, 1933-1967), British playwright
Joe Orton, playwright
Johann Christian Hölderlin (1770-1843), German writer
Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), German archeologist
Johann Ladislaus Dussek (1760-1812), Czech pianist and composer
Johann Mattheson (1681-1764), German organist, singer, and composer
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer and scientist
Johannes von Muller (1752-1809), Swiss historian
Johannes Willem DiMaria-Kuiper (1943- ), Dutch-born U.S. minister*
John Addington Symonds (1840-1893), British writer and critic
John Ash (1948- ), British poet and literary critic*
John Banting (1902-1972), British artist
John Cage (1942- ), U.S. composer and music theorist*
John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. writer
John Corigliano (1938- ), U.S. composer*
John Curry (1949- ), British athlete*
John Cyril Cranko (1927-1973), South African ballet dancer and choreographer
John Fletcher (1579-1625), British playwright
John Francis Minton (1917-1957), British painter and illustrator
John Henry (Cardinal) Newman (1801-1890), British priest, scholar
John Henry MacKay (1864-1933), German poet, novelist, activist
John Hervey (1696-1743), British politician
John Horne Burns (1916-1953), U.S. novelist
John J. McNeill (1925- ), U.S. priest, scholar, writer*
John Laurens (1754-1782), U.S. colonel
John Lehmann (1907-1987), British publisher, editor, and poet
John M. Keynes ,English economist, 20th c.
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist
John Maynard Keynes, British economist, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
John Menlove Edwards (1910-1958), British psychiatrist and mountaineer/athlete
John Milton (1608-1674), British poet, writer
John Powell (1892-1963), U.S. composer and writer
John Rechy (1934- ), U.S. writer*
John Reed (1887-1920), U.S. journalist, revolutionary
John Schlesinger (1926- ), British filmmaker*
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), U.S. painter
John Waters, US film director (Pink Flamingos)
John Wieners (1934- ), U.S. poet*
John Wilmot (Earl of Rochester, 1647-1680), British poet
John XXII (1249-1334), pope
Johnnie Ray (1927-1990), U.S. singer
Johnny Mathis (1925- ), U.S. singer*
Jon Hinson (1942- ), U.S. politician*
Jonathan bar-Saul, Hebrew prince
Jonathan Williams (1929- ), U.S. poet and teacher*
José Lezama Lima (1910-1976), Cuban novelist and poet
Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957), U.S. politician
Juan Davila (1946- ), Australian writer born in Chile*
Juan Goytisolo Gay (1931- ), Spanish writer*
Juan II of Castile and Leon (1405-1454), Spanish ruler and literary patron
Judy Grahn (1940- ), U.S. poet*
Judy Holliday (Judith Tuvim, 1922-1965), U.S. actress
Jules Cardinal Mazarin (1602-1661), French statesman
Jules Michelet (1798-1874), French historian
Jules Verne (1828-1905), French writer
Julia Morgan (1872-1957), U.S. architect
Julius Caesar ,Roman Emperor, 100-44 B.C.
Julius III (1487-1555), pope
June Jordan *U.S. author, activist, 20th c.
K.D. Lang, Canadian country and blues singer, musician
Karen Thompson (1947- ), U.S. activist*
Karin Boye (1900-1941), Swedish writer
Karl Czerny (1791-1857), Austrian pianist, composer
Karl Eitel (1839-1914), German-born Rumanian ruler
Karl H. Ulrichs (1825-1895), German lawyer, sociologist, reformer
Karl Philipp Moritz (1756-1793), German novelist
Karl Ulrichs (1825-1895), German lawyer, sociologist, reformer
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), Polish composer and novelist born in the Ukraine
Karoline von Günderode (1780-1806), German poet
Kate Clinton, US comedian
Kate Cory, (1861-1958), U.S. photographer
Kate Millet (1934- ), U.S. writer, feminist*
Katharine Cornell (1893-1974), U.S. actress
Katherine (Susan) Anthony (1877-1965), U.S. writer, teacher, activist
Katherine Bradley (1848-1914), British playwright and poet
Katherine Lee Bates (1859-1929), U.S. poet
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand writer
Keith Haring (1958-1990), U.S. artist
Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938), Turkish ruler
Kenward Elmslie (1929- ), U.S. writer and opera librettist*
Kevin Aviance, dance music singer
Klara Johanson (1875-1948), Swedish writer and critic*
Klaus Mann (1906-1949), German writer and critic
Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Berlin
Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939), Russian painter and graphic artist
Konstantin Nikolaevich Leontiev (1831-1891), Russian novelist and critic
Kurt Hiller (1885-1972), German writer and social activist born in Prague
Kuz'ma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin (1878-1939), Russian artist
Lady Bunny, drag performer
Lady Eleanor Butler ("Lady of Llangollen," 1738 or 1739-1829), Irish recluse
Lady Emma Hamilton (1761?-1815), British mistress of Admiral Nelson
Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839), British adventurer
Lady Una Troubridge (1887-1963), British writer, singer, sculptor
Lamoriciere (Christophe Louis Léon Juchault de Lamoriciere, 1806-1865), French military leader
Langston Hughes *U.S. author, 20th c.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967), U.S. writer
Larry Kramer (1935- ), U.S. writer and activist*
Larry Rivers (1923- ), U.S. painter and sculptor*
Laura de Force Gordon (1838-1907), U.S. journalist, lawyer, politician, orator, activist
Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), U.S. photographer
Laurence Housman (1865-1959), British illustrator and playwright
Lauritz Melchior (1890-1973), Danish opera singer
Lautréamont (Isidore Lucien Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont, 1846-1870), French poet
Lea Delaria, US comedian, jazz singer, author
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1991), U.S. composer, conductor
Leonard Matlovich (1943-1988), U.S. soldier, activist
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian artist, scientist, inventor
Leonide Massine (1896-1979), Russian dancer and choreographer
Leonor Fini (b. 1908), Italian painter*
Leonora O'Reilly (1870-1977), U.S. labor activist
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895), Austrian writer
Liane de Pougy (Anne Marie de Chassaigne, 1869-1950), French princess, writer
Libby Davies, Canadian member of parliament
Libby Holman (1906-1971), U.S. actress and entertainer
Liberace (Wladziu Valentino Liberace, 1919-1987), U.S. entertainer
Liberace, US musician
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), French composer
Lili Lakich (1944- ), U.S. artist*
Lily Tomlin, US comedian, actress
Lionel Johnson (1867-1902), British journalist, editor
Loie Fuller (1862-1928), U.S. choreographer and dancer
Lord Alfred Douglas (1870-1945), British writer
Lord Byron ,English poet, 18th c.
Lorena Hickok (1892-1968), U.S. journalist, writer
Lorenz Hart (1895-1943), U.S. songwriter
Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), U.S. playwright
Lou Harrison (1917- ), U.S. composer*
Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French writer
Louis Condé (1621-1686), French and Spanish general
Louis Couperus (1863-1923), Dutch novelist
Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924), U.S. architect
Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé (1621-1686), French military leader
Louis Settembrini (1813-1876), Italian writer and patriot
Louis XIII (1601-1643), French ruler
Louis XVIII (1755-1824), French ruler
Louise Abbéma (1858-1927), French painter
Louise Labé (c. 1524-1566), French poet
Louise Michel (1830-1905), French anarchist
Louise Pearce (1885-1959), U.S. medical researcher
Louis-Joseph de Bourbon, Duc de Vendome (1654-1712), French soldier
Lucas Samaras (1936- ), U.S. artist*
Luchino Visconti (1906-1976), Italian filmmaker
Lucy Stone (1818-1893), U.S. reformer, feminist
Ludwig Andreas Khevenhuller Frankenburg (1683-1744), Austrian military leader
Ludwig II (1845-1886), Bavarian ruler
Ludwig Wittgenstein ,Australian mathematician, philosopher, 20th c.
Luis Cernuda y Bidón (1902-1963), Spanish poet, critic, educator
Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal (1866-1907), Russian novelist
Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), British writer, critic
Ma Rainey (Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett Rainey, 1886-1939), U.S. singer
Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962), U.S. writer, arts patron
Mabel Hampton (1902-1989), U.S. activist
Mabel Louise Robinson (1882?-1962), U.S. writer and teacher
Madame de Stael (1766-1817), French writer
Magnus Eriksson (1316-1374), Swedish/Norwegian ruler
Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), German sociologist
Malcolm Boyd (1923- ), U.S. minister, activist, writer*
Malvina Hoffman (1887-1966), U.S. sculptor
Manuel Altolaguirre (1904-1959), Spanish poet and printer
Manuel Azana y Diaz (1880-1940), Spanish ruler
Manuel de Falla y Mattheu (1876-1946), Spanish composer
Manuel Puig (1932-1990), Argentine writer
Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964), U.S. composer
Marc Hall, Canadian student and activist
Marc-Antoine Muret (1526-1585), French philologist and scholar
Marcel Carné (1909- ), French filmmaker*
Marcel Jouhandeau (1888-1979), French writer
Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French writer
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.E.), Roman statesman, orator, writer
Margaret C. Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and writer
Margaret Cho, US actress and comedienne
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. journalist and reformer
Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist
Margarethe Cammermeyer *U.S. Army Colonel, 20th c.
Margrethe Mather (c. 1885-1952), U.S. photographer
Marguérite Moréno (1871-1948), French actress
Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987), French writer, critic, scholar
Maria Schneider (1952- ), Belgian actress*
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet
Marie Antoinette ,French Empress, 18th c.
Marie Corelli ("Mary MacKay," 1855-1924), British novelist
Marie de Sevigne (1626-1696), French writer
Marie Laurencin (1885-1956), French painter
Marie-Claire Blais (1939- ), Canadian novelist*
Marilyn Hacker (1942- ), U.S. poet*
Marilyn Miller (1898-1936), U.S. entertainer
Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), Russian poet
Mark Morris (1957- ), U.S. dancer and choreographer*
Mark Tobey (1890-1976), U.S. artist
Marlene Dietrich (Maria Magdalene von Losch, 1901-1992), German-born actress
Marlon Brando (1924- ), U.S. actor*
Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), French soldier and statesman
Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), U.S. artist and writer
Martha Carey Thomas (1857-1935), U.S. educator
Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis, C.E. 43-104), Roman poet, orator
Martin Ross (pseud. Violet Florence Martin, 1862-1915), Irish novelist
Martin Sperr (1815-1882), German writer*
Martina Navratilova *U.S. tennis star, 20th c.
Martina Navratilova (1956- ), U.S. athlete*
Marvin Liebman (1923- ), U.S. political advisor*
Mary Anna Hallock Foote (1847-1938), U.S. illustrator and writer
Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919), U.S. physician and reformer
Mary Emma Wooley (1863-1947), U.S. educator
Mary Garrett Hay (1857-1928), U.S. suffragist
Mary Meigs (1917- ), U.S. painter*
Mary Read (d.1720), British pirate
Mary Renault (Mary Challans, 1905-1983), British novelist
Mary Sarton ,U.S. author, 20th c.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British writer
Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775-1818), British writer
Matthew Shepard, famous victim of violent hate crimes murder
Maurice Kenny (1929- ), U.S. poet*
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), French composer
Maurice Rostand (1891-1968), French poet, dramatist
Maurice Sachs (1906-1945), French writer
Max Jacob (1876-1944), French poet, artist
Maximilien de Robespierre (1758-1794), French revolutionary
May Sarton (1912-1995), U.S. writer
May Swenson (1913-1989), U.S. poet
Mazo Del la Roche (1885-1961), Canadian novelist
Mei Yuan (1716-1798), Chinese poet
Melissa Etheridge, US singer, musician, composer
Merce Cunningham (1919- ), U.S. dancer and choreographer*
Mercedes de Acosta (1893-1967), U.S. writer
Merle Miller (1919-1986), U.S. writer
Merritt Butrick (1959-1989), U.S. actor
Me'shell N'Degeocello, singer and guitarist
Michael Bennett (1943-1987), U.S. choreographer
Michael Redgrave (1908-1985), British actor
Michael Servetus (1511-1553), Spanish physician, theologian
Michael Stipe, US singer (band R.E.M.) and film producer
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French writer
Michel Foucault (1926-1984), French philosopher and scholar
Michel Tournier (1924- ), French writer*
Michelangelo ,Italian artist, 15th c.
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), Italian artist
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1569-1609), Italian artist
Michelangelo, Italian Renaissance artist
Miguel Ángel Osirio [Benitez] ("Porfirio Barba Jacob" and "Ricardo Arenales," 1883-1942), Columbian poet
Mikhail Alexandrovich Kovalev ("Riurik Ivnev,"1891-1981), Russian poet
Mikhail Alexeevich Kuz'min (1872-1936), Russian poet and translator
Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov (1745-1813), Russian military leader
Miles Franklin (Stella Maria Miles Lampe Franklin, 1879-1954), Australian writer
Millie Wilson (1948- ), U.S. artist*
Minnie Bruce Pratt (1946- ), U.S. teacher and poet*
Minor Martin White (1908-1976), U.S. photographer
Miriam Margoyles (1941- ), British actress*
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881), composer
Monique Wittig (1935- ), French novelist*
Montezuma II *Aztec ruler, 16th c.
Montgomery Clift (1920-1966), U.S. actor
Monty Wooley (1888-1963), U.S. teacher and actor
Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871), German artist
Morris Graves (1910- ), U.S. artist*
Morrissey, lead singer for The Smiths
Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet
Mutsuo Takahashi (1937- ), Japanese poet*
Mwanga (1866?-1903), Bugandan ruler
N.A. Rimski-Korsakov (1844-1908), Russian composer
Nan Hudson (Ann Hope Hudson, 1869-1957), U.S. painter
Nancy Fried (1945- ), U.S. artist*
Nancy Spain (Nancy Brooker Spain, 1917-1964), British writer and TV personality
Naomi Ellington Jacob (1889-1964), British novelist
Natacha Rambova (1897-1966), U.S. actress, writer, scholar
Natalie Clifford Barney (1877-1972), U.S. writer, arts patron
Nathan Lane, US actor and singer
Nayland Blake (1960- ), U.S. artist*
Ned Rorem (1923- ), U.S. composer, writer, critic*
Neil Tennant, British musician (Pet Shop Boys)
Nero (12-41), Roman ruler
Nerva (C.E. 30?-98), Roman ruler
Nestor Almendros (1930- ), Spanish-born filmmaker*
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian statesman, philosopher
Nick Adams (Nicholas Adamschock, 1931-1968), U.S. actor
Nicola Porpora (1686-1768), Italian composer
Nigel Hawthorne, British actor
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), Russian writer
Nikolai Kliuev (1887-1937), Russian poet
Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalsky (1839-1888), Russian explorer and naturalist
Noel Coward ,English playwright, 20th c.
Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British writer
Octave Thanet (pseudonym of Alice French, 1850-1934), U.S. novelist
Octavia Hill (1838-1917), British social reformer
Olga Broumas (1949- ), U.S. poet*
Olive Fremstad (1871-1951), U.S. opera singer
Oliver Messel (1904-1978), British theatre set designer
Oscar Browning (1837-1923), British educator, writer
Oscar Wilde (1856-1900), Irish writer
Otto I (C.E. 912-973), Roman ruler
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 B.C.E.- C.E. 18), Roman poet
Owen Dodson (1914-1983), U.S. writer
Pablo Picasso (1881- 1973), Spanish painter and sculptor
Parker Tyler (1907-1974), U.S. writer
Patrick Dennis (Edward Everett Tanner III, 1921- ), U.S. novelist*
Patrick White (1912-1990), Australian writer
Paul Bartel (1938- ), U.S. filmmaker*
Paul Bowles (1910- ), U.S. writer*
Paul Cadmus (1904- ), U.S. artist*
Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. psychologist, writer, reformer
Paul Lynde (1926-1982), U.S. actor
Paul Robeson (1898-1976), U.S. singer, actor, political activist
Paul Rosenfels (1909-1985), U.S. therapist and writer
Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), French poet
Paul VI (1897-1978), pope
Paula Gunn Allen *Native American author, 20th c.
Pavel Grigorievich Antolkolsky (1896-1978), Russian poet, critic, stage director, publisher
Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957), Russian-born U.S. artist, designer
Pedro Almodovar (1949- ), Spanish filmmaker*
Pedro Salinas (Pedro Salinas y Serrano, 1892-1951), Spanish poet
Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912- ), Australian composer*
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet
Perry Ellis (1940-1986), U.S. fashion designer
Perry Ellis, clothing designer
Peter Hujar (1934-1987), U.S. photographer
Peter I (Peter the Great, 1672-1725), Russian tsar
Peter Ilich (Ilyich) Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Russian composer
Peter McGough (1958- ), U.S. artist*
Peter Pears (1910-1986), British singer
Peter the Great *Russian Czar, 17th-18th c.
Peter Townshend (1945- ), British composer, musician, writer*
Phidias (500-432 B.C.E.), Athenian sculptor
Philip Core (1951- ), British painter*
Philip II (382-336 B.C.E.), Macedonian ruler
Philip, Duc d'Orleans (1640-1701), French aristocrat
Philippe Jullian (1919-1977), French artist
Phyllis Lyon (1924- ), U.S. writer*
Pia Beck (1925- ), Dutch singer and pianist*
Pier Paolo Pasolini ,Italian film director, 20th c.
Pierre André de Suffren de Saint-Tropez (1729-1788), French military leader
Pierre Bernac (1899-1979), French singer
Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865), French philosopher and reformer
Pierre Loti (Louis Marie Julien Viand, 1850-1923), French writer
Pierre Louys (Pierre-Felix Louis, 1870-1925), French poet
Pierre Yves Trémois (1920- ), French artist*
Pietro Aretino (1492-1556), Italian statesman and writer
Pim Fortuyn, assassinated controversial Dutch politician
Pindar (522?-443 B.C.E.), Theban poet
Pius XII (1876-1958), pope, theologian
Plato (427-347 B.C.E.), Athenian philosopher
Plautus (died about 184 B.C.E.), Latin playwright
Politian (Angelo Ambrogini, 1454-1494), Italian poet and humanist
Pope Benedict IX ,1032-1044
Pope John XII *955-964
Pope Julius III ,1550-1555
Prescott Townsend (1894-1973), U.S. activist
Prince Vladimir Petrovich Meshchersky (1839-1914), Russian novelist and publisher
Prince zu Philipp Eulenberg-Hertefeld (1847-1921), German diplomat
Ptolemy IV ("Philopater," 222-205 B.C.E.), ancient Greek ruler
Ptolemy VI ("Philometor," 181-146 B.C.E.), ancient Greek ruler
Pussy Tourette, drag performer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer
Queen Anne ,English Queen, 18th c.
Queen Pen, US Rap Singer
Quentin Crisp (1908- ), British writer and critic*
Quentin Crisp, British actor and wit
R.S.S. Baden-Powell (1857-1941), British soldier (and founder of the Boy Scouts)
Radclyffe Hall (Marguerite Radclyffe Hall, 1880-1943), British writer
Rainer Fetting (1949- ), German artist*
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German/Austrian poet
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1946-1982), German film director, actor, writer
Ralph Nicholas Chubb (1892-1960), British poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. philosopher and writer
Rama IV (1881-1925), Siamese ruler
Ramon Novarro (Ramon Samaniegos, 1899-1968), Mexican-American actor
Randy Shilts (1951-1994), U.S. journalist, writer
Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), Sikh ruler
Raphael (Raphael Santi, 1483-1520), Italian artist
Raucourt (Francoise Marie Antoinette Joseph Saucerotte, 1756-1815), French actress
Raymond Leppard (1927- ), British composer*
Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923), French writer
Raymond Roussel (1877-1933), French writer
Raymond Toussel (1877-1933), French poet, novelist, playwright
Réal Ménard, member of the Canadian parliament
Rebecca Jackson (1795-1871), U.S. religious leader
Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), Cuban-born U.S. writer
Renaud Camus (1946- ), French novelist*
Rene Crevel (1900-1935), French writer and art critic
René Viviani (1863-1925), French statesman
Renée Sintenis (1888-1965), German sculptor
Renée Vivien (Pauline Mary Tarn, 1877-1909), French writer born in England
Reynaldo Hahn (Reynaldo Hahn Echenagucia, 1875-1947), Venezuelan composer who lived in France
Ricardo Vines (1875-1943), Spanish pianist and composer
Richard Bruce Nugent (1906- ), U.S. writer and artist*
Richard Halliburton (1900-1939), U.S. adventurer, writer
Richard Howard (1929- ), U.S. poet, translator, and editor*
Richard I ("The Lion Heart," 1157-1199), British ruler
Richard I (The Lion Heart, 1157-1199), British ruler
Richard II (1367-1400), British ruler
Richard Morel, US DJ, singer and music producer
Richard the Lionhearted ,Englsh King, 12th c.
Richard W. Penniman ("Little Richard," 1937- ), U.S. singer, songwriter, pianist*
Richard Wagner (1813-1883), German composer
Rita Mae Brown (1944- ), U.S. writer*
Robert Bauman (1937- ), U.S. politician*
Robert Chesley (1943-1990), U.S. playwright
Robert Colquhoun (1914-1962), British artist and theatre designer
Robert Edward Howard Duncan (1919-1988), U.S. poet
Robert Indiana (1928- ), U.S. artist*
Robert MacBryde (1913-1966), British artist and theatre designer
Robert Mapplethorpe (1947-1989), U.S. photographer
Robert McAlmon (1896-1956), U.S. writer and publisher
Robert Medley (1905- ), English painter*
Robert Musil (1880-1942), Austrian writer
Robert Patrick (1937- ), U.S. playwright*
Robert Peters (1924- ), U.S. poet, critic, and teacher*
Robert Rauschenburg (1925- ), U.S. artist
Robert Smyth Hichens (1864-1950), British novelist
Roberta Achtenburg *U.S. politician, 20th c.
Robin Blaser (1925- ), Canadian writer born in U.S.*
Rock Hudson (Roy Scherer, 1925-1985), U.S. actor
Rod McKuen (1933- ), U.S. poet*
Roger Fry (1866-1934), British artist
Roger Peyrefitte (1907- ), French writer*
Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French writer, critic, philosopher
Rollie McKenna (1918- ), U.S. photographer*
Romaine Brooks (Beatrice Romaine Goddard, 1874-1970), Italian-born U.S. painter who lived in France
Ronald Firbank (Arthur Annesley Ronald Firbank, 1886-1926), British writer
Ronald Tavel (1940- ), U.S. playwright*
Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), French artist
Rosa von Praunheim (Holger Mischwitzky, 1942- ), German filmmaker*
Rose Elizabeth Cleveland (1846-1918), U.S. writer, educator, lecturer, editor
Rosemary Manning ("Sara Davys," 1911-1988), English writer
Rosie O'Donnell, US comedian
Ross Bleckner (1949- ), U. S artist*
Ross Paxton (1931- ), U.S. artist*
Roy Campbell (1901-1957), South African poet
Roy Cohn, US lawyer and henchman of Joseph McCarthy
Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985), U.S. fashion designer
Rudolf II (1552-1612), German-Bohemian-Hungarian ruler
Rudolf Nureyev (1938- ), Russian dancer*
Rudolf Nuryev *Russian dancer, 20th c.
Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926), Italian-American actor
Rumi (Jelal al-Din, 1207-1273), Persian poet and mystic
RuPaul AKA RuPaul Andre Charles, US drag queen
Rupert Croft-Cooke (1903-1979), British writer
Sadi (1184-1291), Persian writer
Saint Augustine (354-430), priest, scholar, theologian
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro, 1870-1916), British writer
Sal Mineo (1939-1976), U.S. actor
Saladin ,Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin (1138-1193), Egyptian-Syrian soldier and ruler
Sally Edwards (1947- ), U.S. athlete and entrepreneur*
Sally Miller Gearhart (1931- ), U.S. activist, writer*
Salomé (1954- ), German painter*
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), U.S. composer
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British writer, painter, composer
Samuel Delaney, science fiction author
Samuel Delany (1942- ), U.S. novelist*
Samuel Steward ("Phil Andros," 1909- ), U.S. writer*
Sandra Bernhard, American comedienne, singer, author and actress Mark Bingham, United Airlines flight 93 passenger
Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510), Italian artist
Sandro Penna (1906-1977), Italian poet and prose writer
Sappho ,Greek Woman Poet, 600 B.C.
Sappho (6th century B.C.E.), Greek poet
Sappho, Greek poet from the Isle of Lesbos, from whom the term lesbian comes
Sara Josephine Baker (1873-1945), U.S. health reformer
Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), U.S. poet
Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), French actress
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), U.S. writer
Sarah Ponsonby ("Lady of Llangollen," 1754 or 1755-1831), Irish recluse
Scott Burton (1939- ), U.S. artist*
Sean Hayes, US actor
Seiko Okuhara (1837-1913), Japanese poet
Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940), Swedish novelist
Serge de Diaghilev (1872-1918), Russian ballet impresario
Sergei Eisenstein (Esenin) (1898-1948), Russian film director
Sergei Iakovlevich Lemeshev (1902- ), Russian opera singer*
Sergei Lifar (1905-1986), Russian dancer, choreographer
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), British poet
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905), British artist
Simon Callow (1949- ), British actor*
Simon Nkoli (1959- ), South African activist*
Sinead O'Connor, Irish musician
Sir (Arthur) John Gielgud (1904- ), British actor, director*
Sir Anthony Blunt (1907-1983), British art historian and political advisor
Sir Anton Dolin (Patrick Healy-Kay, 1904-1983), British dancer
Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), British composer
Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), British designer, photographer, writer
Sir Edmund (William) Gosse (1849-1928), British critic, scholar
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British scientist, writer, statesman
Sir Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), British diplomat, gardener, publisher, writer
Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald (1853-1903), British general
Sir Hector McDonald (1853-1903), British military leader
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), British scientist
Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937), Scottish writer
Sir Noel Coward (1899-1973), British playwright, actor, composer
Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1964), British writer
Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), British poet
Sir Richard F. Burton (1821-1890), British explorer and scholar
Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916), Irish poet and reformer
Sir Ronald Storrs (1881-1955), British historian and colonial administrator
Sixtus IV (1414-1484), pope
Socrates (469?-339 B.C.E.), Athenian philosopher
Solon, Greek statesman
Sonia Johnson (1936- ), U.S. activist*
Sonya Kovalesky (1850-1891), Russian mathematician
Sophia Iakovlevna Parnok ("Andrei Polianin," 1885-1933), Russian poet, translator
Sophia Jex-Blake (1840-1912), English doctor and educator
Sophocles (496?-406 B.C.E.), Athenian dramatist and soldier
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz *Mexican author, 16th c.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1955), Danish philosopher, theologian
Stan Persky (1941- ), U.S. poet*
Stark Young (1881-1963), U.S. writer and educator
Stefan George (1868-1933), German poet and translator
Stephen Crane (1871-1900), U.S. writer
Stephen Foster (1826-1864), U.S. composer
Stephen Fry, British actor, comedian, and novelist
Stephen Spender (1909- ), British poet and critic*
Stuart McKinney (1931- ), U.S. politician*
Stuart Merrill (1863-1915), U.S. poet who wrote in French
Suleiman I (1494-1566), Turkish sultan
Suleiman I (1494-1566), Turkish sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent *Ottoman ruler, 15th c.
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. social reformer
Svend Robinson, Canadian member of parliament
Sviatoslav Teofilovich Rikhter (1915- ), Russian pianist*
Sylvester (Sylvester James, 1942-1988), U.S. singer, musician
Sylvia Beach (1887-1962), U.S. arts patron, publisher
Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978), English writer
T.E. (Thomas Edward) Lawrence (1888-1935), British soldier and scholar
T.E. Lawrence ,English soldier, author, 20th c.
Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968), U.S. actress
Taylor Mead (1940- ), U.S. poet and actor*
Tchaikovsky ,Russian composer, 19th c.
Ted Shawn (1891-1972), U.S. dancer and choreographer
Tee A. Corrine (1943- ), U.S. artist
Tennessee Williams (1911-1985), U.S. playwright
Terrence Rattigan (1911-1977), British playwright
Thelma Wood (1901-1970), U.S. sculptor
Theocritus (c. 301 - c. 260, B.C.E.), Greek philologist and poet
Théodor Antoine, Baron de Neuhof (1694-1756), German adventurer
Theodor Ernst Mommsen (1905-1958), German historian
Théodore Beza (1519-1605), French theologian, poet, and scholar
Theognis (flourished c. 544-541 B.C.E.), Greek poet
Theophile de Viau (1590-1629), French poet
Thom Gunn (1929- ), British poet*
Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778), British composer
Thomas Bird Mosher (1852-1923), U.S. publisher
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish writer and historian
Thomas Couture (1815-1879), U.S. artist
Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), U.S. painter
Thomas Gray (1716-1771), British poet
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt (1948- ), U.S. artist*
Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849), British poet and playwright
Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German writer
Thomas Schippers (1930- ), U.S. conductor
Thomas Sergeant Perry (1845-1928), U.S. writer
Thronton Wilder (1897-1975), U.S. writer
Tiberius (42 B.C.E.-37 C.E.), Roman ruler
Tom Dooley *U.S. M.D. missionary, 20th c.
Tom Waddel *U.S. M.D., Olympic star, 20th c.
Tomiko Yamakawa (1879-1909), Japanese writer
Tony Jackson (1888-1921), U.S. composer, musician
Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Italian poet
Tracy Dickinson Mygatt (1885-1973), U.S. pacifist and writer
Trajan (Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, C.E. 53?-117), Roman ruler
Troy Perry (1940- ), U.S. minister, activist*
Truman Capote (1924-1984), U.S. writer
Tsunayoshi Tokugawa (1646-1709), Japanese military leader
Tyrone Power (1914-1958), U.S. actor
U.S. writer and singer
Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916), Italian artist
Umberto II (1904-1983), Italian ruler
Ursula Kroeber LeGuin (1929- ), U.S. novelist*
Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931), U.S. poet
Val Wilmer (1944- ), British photographer and writer*
Valentian III (C.E. 419-455), Roman ruler
Valentine Ackland (1906-1958), British writer
Vasco da Gama (1460-1524), Portuguese admiral, explorer
Vasily Vasilievich Rozanov (1856-1919), Russian writer and social critic
Vaslav Fomitch Nijinski (1890?-1950), Russian dancer
Vassily Sapelnikov (1868-1941), Russian pianist and composer
Vernon Lee (pseudonym of Violet Paget, 1856-1935), British writer
Viacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov (1866-1947?), Russian writer
Vicountess Rhonnda (Margaret Haig Thomas Mackworth, 1883-1958),
Vida Dutton Scudder (1861-1954), U.S. teacher and social reformer
Vilhelm Ekelund (1880-1949), Swedish poet
Vincent Youmans (1898-1946), U.S. songwriter
Vincente Aleixandre (1898-1984), Spanish poet
Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), Italian composer
Violet Oakley (1874-1961), U.S. painter and illustrator
Violette Leduc (1907-1972), French writer
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70 B.C.-C.E. 19), Roman poet
Virgil Thompson (1896-1989), U.S. composer and music critic
Virginia M. Apuzzo (1940- ), U.S. activist*
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British writer
Viscountess Clementia Hawarden (1822-1865), British photographer
Vita Sackville-West (Victoria Mary Sackville-West, 1892-1962), British writer
Vito Russo (1946-1990), U.S. film critic, film historian, and activist
Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), Russian-born U.S. pianist
W. H. Auden (1907 - 1973), British poet
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British writer
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), British poet, critic, and scholar
W.H. Auden (Wystan Hugh Auden, 1907-1973), British poet, critic, scholar
Wallace Gould (1882-1940), U.S. novelist
Wallace Henry Thurman (1902-1934), U.S. editor, novelist
Wallace Rice (Wallace de Groot Cecil Rice, 1859-1939), U.S. poet
Walt Whitman ,U.S. poet, author, 19th c.
Walter Pater (1839-1894), British writer and critic
Wanda Landowska (1879-1959), Polish musi Aaron Copland (1900-1991), U.S. composer
Wanda Landowska (1879-1959), Polish musician and composer
Washington Allston (1779-1843), U.S. painter and art critic
Waslaw Nijinsky *Russian dancer, 20th c.
Wayland Flowers, Jr. (1939-1988), U.S. comedian
We'Wha (Two-Spirit, 1849-1896) Zuni weaver, potter
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), British poet
Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. writer
Willi Smith (1948-1987), U.S. fashion designer
William (Charles Franklyn) Plomer (1903-1973), South African writer
William Alan Bowne (1945?-1989), U.S. playwright and novelist
William Beckford (1760-1844), British writer
William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, artist
William Burroughs (1914- ), U.S. writer*
William Flanagan (1926?-1969), U.S. composer
William Haines (1900-1973), U.S. actor, interior decorator
William II (1056-1100), English ruler
William III (1650-1702), English and Dutch ruler
William Inge (1913-1973), U.S. playwright
William M. Hoffmann (1939- ), U.S. playwright*
William Meredith (1919- ), U.S. poet*
William Rufus De Vane King (1786-1853), U.S. politician
William S. Burroughs, US Beat author (Naked Lunch, Junky)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British playwright, poet, actor
William Sloan Kennedy (1850-1929), U.S. writer
Winnaretta Singer (1865-1943), U.S.-born arts patron and philanthropist
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), U.S. artist
Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), Polish writer
Yevdokia Appolonovna Nagrodskaya (1866-1930), Russian writer
Yevgeny Kharitonov (1941?-1981), Russian writer
Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1408), Japanese military and political leader
Yukio Mishima (Kimitake Hiraoka, 1925-1970), Japanese writer
Yury Alexandrovich Zavadsky (1894-1977), Russian actor and director
Yves Navarre (1940- ), French novelist*
Zeno (336-264 B.C.E.), Greek philosopher
Zoe Dunning *U.S. Military Reservist, 20th c.

List of transgendered people


A number of noted individuals are or were transgendered.
Transgender, for the purposes of this list, is an umbrella term that can include transsexuals, transvestic fetishists, cross-dressers, intersexuals, drag queens, drag kings and others.

Please note that these people have been selected for this list because their fame or notoriety was in some way due or connected to their being transgender.

 

Living Individuals

Terre Thaemlitz, musician
Kamikawa Aya, Tokyo municipal official (first transgendered person to seek elected office in Japan)
Georgina Beyer, New Zealand's (and the world's) first transsexual mayor (1995) and member of parliament (2002)
Kate Bornstein, transsexual author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist
Sara Davis Buechner, née David Buechner, concert pianist
Lady Bunny, drag performer
Wendy Carlos, American transsexual composer and electronic musician
The Lady Chablis, drag queen
Caroline Cossey, AKA Tula, British transsexual model, author, and Bond girl
Candy Darling, part of Andy Warhol's Factory and subject of the Velvet Underground song "Candy Says"
Michelle Dumaresq, transsexual professional mountain bicyclist
Jackie Enx, transsexual drummer for the heavy metal band Rhino Bucket
Leslie Feinberg, transgender activist and author
Dana International, transsexual Israeli pop singer
Eddie Izzard, a comedian who cross-dresses and calls himself an "executive transvestite"
Sonja Elen Kisa, linguist, creator of Toki Pona
Jennifer Jane Leitham, transsexual jazz bassist
Hedda Lettuce, drag performer
Shirley Q Liquor, drag queen
Jan Morris, transsexual author
Grayson Perry, artist whose work sometimes features his female alter ego, Claire. Winner of the 2003 Turner Prize for art.
Dr. Renee Richards, transsexual, professional tennis player
RuPaul, AKA RuPaul Andre Charles, American drag queen
Jason Saffer, AKA Jolene Sugarbaker, drag performer and comedian
Melissa Sklarz, the first openly transgender public official in New York State, Democratic county judicial delegate in Manhattan
Sandy Stone, transgender activist and author
Margaret Stumpp, transsexual co-manager of Quantitative Management department at Prudential Financial Inc
Pussy Tourette, drag performer and singer

 

20th and 21st Century Individuals


Gwen Araujo, US transsexual, murdered 2002 [1]
Danielle Bunten Berry, US software developer, formerly Dan Bunten, author of several titles for Electronic Arts in the 1980s, died of cancer
Lili Elbe, Danish transsexual, one of the first women to undergo a crude form of sexual reassignment surgery, through five operations which were completed by 1930. Fifteen months after her final surgery, she either died from complications or faked her own death to avoid the media attention. She is the subject of the 1933 book Man Into Woman, although it is likely she was never biologically male, but rather born intersexual , supposedy with rudimentary ovaries which would conflict with the speculative diagnosis of Klinefelter's Syndrome
Bella Evangelista, also known as Elvys Perez, drag performer who was murdered in Washington, D.C [1]
Christine Jorgensen, one of the first Americans to have sexual reassignment surgery in 1952
Pepper LaBeija, Harlem, New York drag queen, subject of the documentary Paris Is Burning
Glen Milstead, actor and drag performer also known as Divine, star of many John Waters films
Sylvia Rivera, transgender activist, resisted police at Stonewall on June 27, 1969
Brandon Teena, US transsexual who was murdered, subject of the film Boys Don't Cry [1]
Billy Tipton, woman who lived as a male jazz musician
Ed Wood, film-maker with transvestite tendencies

 

Earlier Historical or Mythological Individuals


It is often difficult to construe the gender and sexual identity of pre-modern individuals. In many societies, those whom Western society might consider homosexual or bisexual are or were considered transgendered. Therefore, see also List of famous gay, lesbian, or bisexual people.


Alfhild, beautiful maiden in Norse mythology who dressed as a man to avoid marrying King Alf
Chevalier d'Eon
Christina of Sweden
Hatshepsut, female Pharaoh of Egypt who wore male clothing and even a false beard
Pope Joan, who according to legend was a cross-dressing woman elected Catholic pope (named Pope John VIII) whose tenure was placed between Leo IV (847-855) and Benedict III (855-858), and who died or was murdered in childbirth during a papal procession. There is no evidence for her existence.
Joan of Arc, tried and executed also for cross-dressing
James Barry, surgeon who masqueraded as a man throughout her life in order to be able to practice medicine
Pope Paul II, Catholic pope known to have worn women's clothes and was nicknamed "Our Lady of Pity"
Hannah Snell, 18th century woman who used a male uniform and fought alongside British marines
Tiresias, soothsayer to Oedipus from Greek mythology changed into a woman and back in an unrelated tale

 

Books:


Feinberg, Leslie (1996). Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-7941-3
Garber, Marjorie (1992). Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing & Cultural Anxiety. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-90072-7
Wheelwright, Julie (1989). Amazons and Military Maids: Women Who Dressed As Men in Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness. London: Pandora Books. ISBN 0-04-440494-8








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