Gay Role Models

Whoa! They’re… GAY?!?

Yes, it’s true. The following list of people are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. You’ve probably heard of some of them already, but read on for plenty of surprises!

        

Famous Person

Occupation

Virginia Woolf

Writer

Oscar Wilde

Writer

Andy Warhol

Artist

Gore Vidal

Writer

Yves Saint-Laurent

Designer

Joseph Steffan

Navy Officer

Bessie Smith

Singer

Dick Sargent

Actor

Bayard Rustin

Civil Rights Activist

Georgia O’Keefe

Artist

Paul Monette

Artist

W. Somerset Maugham

Writer

David Kopay

Pro-Football Player

Indigo Girls

Musicians

Bruce Hayes

Olympic Swimmer

David Geffen

Head of Geffen Records

Barney Frank

Congressman

James Dean

Actor

David Bowie

Musician/Actor

Ruth Benedict

Anthropologist

Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin Legislator

Joan Baez

Musician

Sasha Alyson

Publisher

Leonard Bernstein

Composer

Allan Ginsberg

Poet

Merv Griffin

Entertainer

Keith Haring

Artist

Freddie Mercury

Lead Singer of Queen

Calvin Klein

Designer

Richard II

British King

Peter Tchaikovsky

Composer

Bill Tilden

Tennis Player

The Village People

Musicians

Wu

Chinese Emperor

Tennessee Williams

Playwright

Walt Whitman

Writer

Tom Waddell

Olympic Decath

Alice B. Toklas

Writer

Gertrude Stein

Writer

Gerry Studds

Congressman

Socrates

Philosopher

Frank Schubert

Composer

Sappho

Poet

RuPaul

Musician/Model

Plato

Philosopher

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Champion

Rod McKuen

Poet

Ketih Meinhold

Navy Officer

Greg Louganis

Olympic Diver

k.d. lang

Musician

Sir Elton John

Musician

Janis Ian

Musician

Sir John Gielgud

Actor

Frederick the Great

Emperor

Errol Flynn

Actor

Melissa Etheridge

Musician

Chief Crazy Horse

Native American Chief

Richard Chamberlain

Actor

Lord Byron

Poet

Glenn Burke

Pro-Baseball Player

Marlon Brando

Actor

Chaz Bono

Activist/Cher’s Son

Sandra Bernhardt

Comic

Deborah Batts

Federal Judge

Josephine Baker

Singer

W.H. Auden

Writer

Pedro Almodovar

Film Director

Edward Albee

Playwright

Ani DiFranco

Musician

Pet Shop Boys

Musicians

Meshell Ndegeocello

Musician

Michael Stipe

Lead Singer of R.E.M.

Nancy Vogl Youth Czar