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Graham Ackerman – won the national championship in the floor exercise event at the 2005 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship at the United States Military Academy at West Point, making him a three-time national champ. In 2004 he won the national titles in two events—floor and vault.
Clay Aiken – Singer ~ pop music, “American Idol” winner.
Alexander the Great – was a Greek King of Macedon. He is the most celebrated member of the Argead Dynasty and created one of the largest empires in ancient history. The famed philosopher Aristotle tutored Alexander, who was known to be undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time. He is one of the most famous figures of antiquity, and is remembered for his tactical ability, his conquests, and for spreading Greek culture into the East.
Chad Allen – Actor ~ best known for appearing on the TV series “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”.
Sgt. Eric Alva – a gay soldier ~ He was the first U.S. military service member injured in the Iraq war. He was in charge of 11 Marines in a supply unit on March 21, 2003, when he stepped on a land mine, losing his right.
John Amaechi – a famous and popular professional basketball player – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol II” by clicking the sidebar link.
Derrick Anderson – hurdler on the Ohio State University track and field team
Mitchell Anderson – Actor ~ best known as Ross, the bespectacled, gay violin teacher on "Party of Five" and as a doctor with his fellow gay actor Neil Patrick Harris on "Doogie Howser, M.D.".
Billie Joe Armstrong – is an American rock musician and occasional actor, best known as the lead vocalist, main songwriter, and guitarist for the American punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder
Alan Ball – Wrote the films “American Beauty” and “Towelhead”, and for creating and producing the HBO drama series “Six Feet Under” and the current popular vampire series “True Blood.”.
Mark Bingham – a gay 9/11 hero and athlete. ~ He helped storm the cockpit of Flight 93 before it reached Washington D.C. He is listed in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I,” in the sidebar. Also a detailed article that I wrote for BlogCtitics here
John Barrowman ~ a Scottish singer, actor, dancer, musical performer and media personality, best known on British television for his roles in "Torchwood" and as Captain Jack Harkness in the science fiction series "Doctor Who".
Lance Bass~ rose to fame as the bass singer for the pop boy-band 'N Sync.
Meredith Baxter~ Actress – also known as Meredith Baxter-Birney, is an actress and producer. Famed for her two TV roles on "Family" and "Family Ties"
Billy Bean – Professional baseball – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol II” by clicking the link in the sidebar
Andy Bell – is the lead singer of the English synthpop duo, Erasure
Paul Benedict – actor best known for his role as Harry Bentley on the TV show “The Jeffersons” and the recurring character The Number Painter on "Sesame Street" His film roles include "The Goodbye Girl" in which he played Richard Dreyfuss' stage director in a production of Richard III.
Sandra Bernhard – is a stand-up comedian, singer, actress and author best known for playing self-absorbed Nancy Bartlett on the hit sitcom "Roseanne" and appearances on "Will & Grace" as herself.
Leonard Bernstein – Composer/conductor who was best known to the public as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and for writing the music for “West Side Story, Candide, Wonderful Town, and On the Town.” According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigally talented and successful musicians in American history.
Dirk Bogarde – was a British novelist and matinee star in such films as “Doctor in the House” and “Death in Venice”
Chaz/Chastity Bono – was born Chastity Sun Bono; March 4, 1969) and became Chaz after a sex-change. He is an American LGBT rights advocate, writer, actor, and musician. Bono is the only child of entertainers Sonny and Cher.
Bill Brochtrup – is a frequent guest host of the PBS newsmagazine In “The Life,” and has been a series regular on three shows, CBS sitcom “Public Morals,” ABC drama “Total Security,” and seven seasons on “NYPD Blue.”
Jim J. Bullock – actor co-starred on "Too Close for Comfort" and was a regular "square" on "Hollywood Squares"
Glenn Burke – Pro baseball - read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Raymond Burr – is the only and ultimate quintessential actor who could properly embody Earl Stanley Gardner’s infamous lawyer “Perry Mason,” and later played the lead as Chief Detective “Ironside”.
David Burtka – long-term lover/chef/husband of actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Dan Butler – Television and Broadway actor known for his role as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe on the TV series “Frasier.”
J.P. Calderon – professional volleyball player, model and a contestant on "Survivor," in several seasons of "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" and appeared on the February 2007 cover of Instinct magazine.
Anthony Callea – is an Australian singer songwriter whose debut single "The Prayer" holds the record as the fastest selling single of all time in Australia. Callea has accumulated a string of awards including an Aria Award, Channel V Artist of the Year, Pop Republic Artist of the Year, MTV Viewers' Choice Award, Variety's Young Entertainer of the Year, MO Award and a Gospel Music Award and his albums, singles and DVD have all achieved Top 20 status.
Ian Campbell – at 23 is not only Britain’s youngest mayor, but he’s an out-and-proud gay man. He leads mostly conservative Retford, England and is a shining example of overcoming adversity to become a success.
Truman Capote – famous author of many short stories, novels, plays and nonfiction works, many are literary classics, including the novella “Breakfast at Tiffany's” (1958) and “In Cold Blood” (1965), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel." At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from his novels, stories and screenplays.
Richard Chamberlain – actor who gained widespread fame as young girls (and boys) swooned over him as the title young intern in “Dr. Kildare,” and later in "The Towering Inferno." Soon after he became known as "the king of the miniseries" by appearing in, “Centennial, The Man in the Iron Mask, Shogun, and The Thorn Birds” and also was the first to play Jason Bourne in the 1988 version of “The Bourne Identity.”
Graham Chapman – was an English comedian, actor, writer, physician and a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. He was King Arthur in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and Brian in “Monty Python's Life of Brian.”
Tracy Chapman – is a singer-songwriter, best known for her single "Fast Car" and is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist
David Charlebois – a gay 9/11 hero ~ He was the first officer/copilot on American Airlines Flight 77, which was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001
Mark Chatfield – "For the record, I'm not just gay-I'm a screaming queen!" An Olympic Swimmer; the 1973 U.S. National champion in the 100 yard breaststroke and an All American at USC in 1972 (100 Breast, 200 Breast), 1973 (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 400 Medley Relay), 1974 (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 400 Medley Relay) and 1975 (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 Medley Relay). An accomplished Baroque and period musician, vocalist and composer, he played principal cello and was a countertenor.
Mary Cheney – Political hypocrite – Lesbian daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mary Cheney's sexual orientation is a source of public attention because of her father's political station as a staunch conservative, her political involvement with the Republican Party, and the 2004 Republican platforms in opposition to same-sex marriage.
Margaret Cho – a comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, gay icon, and recording artist and is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems concerning race, sexuality, and sex. She has also directed and appeared in music videos and has her own clothing line.
Montgomery Clift – film and stage actor/sex symbol who received four Academy Award nominations during his career, three for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor.
~ ~ ~> Jason Collins – Pro basketball - The NBA's Washington Wizards’ center is the first pro athlete to come out of the closet while still active in his sport. Sports Illustrated broke the news in a cover story. Collins is a 7-foot center who played with six NBA teams over the past 12 seasons. He played college ball at Stanford University. As a professional he’s played with the Wizards, the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies. NBA Commissioner David Stern said the 34-year-old veteran is widely respected in the league.
Collins has started 476 games, including nine this year, over 12 NBA seasons. He's averaged 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Active players posted their approval on Twitter. The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant said: "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others." Steve Nash, also a Laker, said: "The time has come. Maximum respect."
Tim Cook – was named the chief executive officer of Apple Inc. after Steve Jobs announced his resignation on August 24, 2011. Cook is credited with pulling Apple back from the brink by getting them out of manufacturing. This helped the company reduce inventory levels and streamlined its supply chain, dramatically increasing margins. In January 2007, Cook was promoted to COO. Cook served as Apple CEO for two months in 2004, when Jobs was recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery. In 2009, Cook again served as Apple CEO for several months while Jobs took a leave of absence for a liver transplant.
In January 2011, Apple's Board of Directors approved a third medical leave of absence requested by Jobs. During that time, Cook was responsible for most of Apple’s day-to-day operations while Jobs made most major decisions. Following the resignation of Jobs, Cook was made CEO of Apple Inc. on August 24, 2011.
Tim is widely known to have a "man crush" on Lance Armstrong, who he frequently quotes. He is a workaholic putting in 12-14 hour days and is usually the first one to arrive at Apple and the last to leave.
Anderson Cooper – Very talented and important news anchor/journalist, author, and television personality. He currently works as the primary anchor of the CNN news show “Anderson Cooper 360°.” Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. A man who breaks gay stereotypes with pride and style.
Scott Cranham – Olympic diver in the 1976 Summer Olympics
Orlando Cruz – the first big-time active professional boxer to come out as gay.
Wilson Cruz – is a universally liked actor and has served as a model and mentor to gay youth of color.
Alan Cumming – Scottish stage, television and film actor, writer, director, producer and author. He played the Emcee in “Cabaret,” Boris Grishenko in “GoldenEye,” Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in “X2: X-Men United,” and Fegan Floop in the “Spy Kids” trilogy.
Donal Og Cusack – a well-known Irish hurler and Ireland's first openly gay elite sportsman. He plays hurling at club level with Cloyne and has been a member of the Cork senior inter-county team
Leonardo da Vinci – Known worldwide for his "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" he was an Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.
Court records of 1476, when he was aged twenty-four, show that Leonardo and three other young men were charged with sodomy, and acquitted. In 1506, Leonardo took on pupil-lover, Count Francesco Melzi, who remained with him until Leonardo's death. Melzi inherited his artistic and scientific works, manuscripts, and collections.
Joe Dallesandro – American actor, and Andy Warhol superstar. He is generally considered to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, as well as a sex symbol of the gay subculture.
Salvador Dali – a world famous Spanish master artist and a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. Some of his more popular works are sculptures and he is also noted for his contributions to theatre, fashion, and photography. Between 1941 and 1970, Dalí created an ensemble of 39 jewels. The jewels are intricate, and some contain moving parts. The most famous jewel, "The Royal Heart," is made of gold and is encrusted with 46 rubies, 42 diamonds, and four emeralds and is created in such a way that the center "beats" much like a real heart.
Steven Davies – Cricket-See “How Many Professional Athletes Are Gay?” Part III in the sidebar
Jay Davidson – was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the transsexual Dil in "The Crying Game" and also appeared as Ra in "Stargate"
Richard Deacon – was best known as Mel Cooley on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-1966) and Fred Rutherford on “Leave It to Beaver” (1957-1963) and he played the founder's aide in Judy Holiday's classic "The Solid Gold Cadillac." In real life, he was a gourmet chef. Though co-stars such as Dick van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore were well aware that he was gay, his homosexuality was not revealed until after his death.
Ellen DeGeneres – TALK SHOW ICON/Actress
Andy Dick – comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer
Chris Dickerson – Mr. Olympia – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol II” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Casey Donovan – The sexy star of such iconic gay films as “Boys in the Sand” and "The other side of Aspen"
Kyan Douglas – was the grooming expert on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”
Dumbledore – Headmaster/Wizard - The famous character from the Harry Potter series. I’ve written a separate article about the controversy and praise-the link is in the sidebar
Melissa Etheridge – rock singer-songwriter and musician. She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations winning two, one Academy Award and has sold twenty-seven million albums worldwide. Etheridge is an iconic gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993.
Brian Epstein – The Beatles' early success has been attributed to Epstein's management and sense of style. Paul McCartney said of Epstein: "If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian."
Rupert Everett – is an English actor, who originally became famous for his role in the film "Another Country" He went on to star in "My Best Friend's Wedding", "An Ideal Husband", "The Next Best Thing" and the "Shrek" sequels.
Justin Fashanu – English football – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Mark Feehily – was a member of the popular Irish vocal pop group, Westlife.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Plays Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.
Harvey Fierstein – actor noted for the distinction of winning Tony Awards for both writing and playing the lead role in "Torch Song Trilogy,” and for his gravel-voiced film role in the blockbuster “Independence Day”
Colton Ford – is a gay adult films star turned professional musician specializing in dance/club music
Jodie Foster – is a world-famous actress, film director and producer. She started out as a child "Coppertone" ad girl, graduated to TV most notably as tomboy Joey in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", then starred in such films as "Taxi Driver" "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" then hit fame with "The Silence of the Lambs" "Nell" "Maverick" "Contact" and "The Panic Room"
Rep. Barney Frank – was the U.S. House Representative for Massachusetts's 4th district since 1981. In 1982, he won his first full term, and he was re-elected every cycle since by wide margins. He is a gay politician that we can be very proud of. Frank became the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in 2007. The committee oversees the entire financial services industry, which includes the securities, insurance, banking, and housing industries.
Stephen Fry – is an English actor, writer, journalist, comedian, TV host and film director. American audiences came to know and laugh at him as Melchett in the “Blackadder” series and more recently as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the crime series “Bones”.
Rudy Galindo – Skater - read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol II” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Ed Gallagher – college football – read about his ordeal and accomplishments in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Robert Gant – appeared in Showtime's “Queer as Folk” as Ben Bruckner
Stephen Gately – was an Irish pop singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, musician and author, who was one of two lead singers of the pop group Boyzone that scored a record-breaking sixteen consecutive singles in the top five of the UK Singles Chart
Will Geer – is remembered for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series, “The Waltons.” He was romantically linked in his youth to Harry Hay-founder of the gay rights movement in the early twentieth century.
Alan Gendreau – is attempting to be the first out-and-proud NFL player on a major sports team. He's a noted Middle Tennessee State kicker with a record-breaking career in 2012 as the all-time leading scorer in Sun Belt Conference history with 295 points… The team that signs him could make a fortune just selling copies of sports jerseys with his number on them in gay bars!
Boy George – British singer-songwriter and leader of the pop group Culture Club
David Geffen – an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer and philanthropist. He created Asylum/Electra Records in 1970 and Geffen Records in 1980, and is one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG
David Gerrold – science fiction screenwriter and novelist known for his scripts for the popular original Star Trek episode "The Trouble With Tribbles”, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and TV series Land of the Lost, Babylon 5, Sliders, and The Twilight Zone
Sir John Gielgud – a giant and icon in the acting profession as well as being a director, and producer. Gielgud was one of the few entertainers to have won an Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. He won an Academy Award for his supporting role as a sardonic butler in the original 1981 comedy “Arthur,” starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, and a BAFTA Award for “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Sara Gilbert – is an actress best known as Darlene Conner, the sarcastic middle child, in the hit TV series "Roseanne," medical student Jane Figler on the hospital drama "E.R." and Leslie Winkle on "The Big Bang Theory." She also starred in the films "Poison Ivy" and "Riding In Cars With Boys." She is currently an afternoon panelist on “The Talk”
John Glover – best known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor on the Superman-inspired TV series “Smallville.”
Judy Gold – stand-up comic. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and producer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show
Andrew Goldstein – Lacrosse – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol III” by clicking the link in the sidebar
Leslie Gore – Music icon best known for her 1963 pop hit "It's My Party", which she recorded at the age of 16. Following the hit, she became one of the most recognized teen pop singers of the 1960s. She also wrote songs for the original version of "Fame."
Gordon Grant – Gay porn icon of the 70s known for his fantasy-inducing “Arnold Schwarzenegger”-sized muscular build and sexy engaging smile
Merv Griffin – rose to fame with his afternoon talk show "The Merv Griffin Show", and later created the game shows “Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords” and was one of the most successful men in the entertainment industry. He remained friends with his ex-wife, whom he acknowledged created the premise for Jeopardy! Questions that he was either bisexual or gay persist. He is quoted as saying, "I tell everybody that I’m a quatre-sexual. I will do anything with anybody for a quarter,” to The New York Times, May 26, 2005
Jonathan Groff – is best known for his role on TV series "Glee" as Jesse St. James, the male lead of rival glee club, Vocal Adrenaline
Rob Halford – is the lead singer for heavy metal band Judas Priest, He has been nicknamed "Metal God" and he is considered to be one of the most consistently powerful vocalists in rock. In 1998, Halford came out as gay publicly on an interview with MTV News.
Tony Hamilton – Actor who began his career as a professional dancer with The Australian Ballet Company. It was inevitable with his square jaw, muscular good looks, and lithe physique that he later became a fashion model working in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, working with famous fashion designers such as Gianni Versace, frequently appearing in magazines such as Vogue and GQ. His desirable good looks landed him acting jobs as well and he is probably best remembered for the dashing role of IMF-agent/hunk Max Harte in the 1988 revival of the TV series "Mission: Impossible"
Kwame Harris – former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle.
Neil Patrick Harris – Actor and gay icon. Read my article about him in the sidebar.
Randy Harrison – is famous for playing irresistible blond “twink” Justin Taylor, a gay teen, in 2000's American version of Showtime’s hit series "Queer as Folk"
Nigel Hawthorne – A famous British actor, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1987, and was knighted in 1999. His most famous roles were as Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Permanent Secretary of the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs in the British series "Yes Minister" (and Cabinet Secretary in its sequel, "Yes, Prime Minister"), for which he won four BAFTA awards, and as King George III in "The Madness of George III" (Olivier Award) and the film adaptation, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Bruce Hayes – Olympic swimmer-read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Sean Hayes – is famous for his role as Jack McFarland in the sitcom “Will & Grace,” for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, one American Comedy Award and six Golden Globes nominations.
Austin Hendrix – Eastern Michigan track star. Read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol III” by clicking the link in the sidebar
Charles O. Howard – Hate crime victim… Bangor, Maine-1984: As Howard and a male companion, Roy Ogden, were walking down the street, three teenagers harassed Howard for being gay. They then chased the pair, yelling homophobic insults, until they caught Howard and threw him over the State Street Bridge into the Kenduskeag Stream, despite his pleas that he could not swim. He drowned, but his friend escaped and pulled a fire alarm. Charlie Howard's body was found by rescue workers several hours later.
Rock Hudson – was known as a Hollywood Hunk and a romantic leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. Women (and gay men) flocked to every movie he starred in. He was regularly featured in romantic comedies with Doris Day. Hudson was repeatedly voted "Star of the Year", "Favorite Leading Man", and similar titles by numerous movie magazines. The 6 ft 5 inch tall actor was unquestionably one of the most popular and well-known movie stars of the time and was known to boil the hormones of women (and men) worldwide with his chiseled good looks. According to a book about the University of Kentucky football team "The Thin Thirty," Rock Hudson would pay individual team members $200 or more to allow him to have oral sex with them.
He completed nearly 70 motion pictures and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned over four decades. His death from AIDS was a factor in finally getting Pres. Ronald Reagan to acknowledge the disease. He was most famously featured in: “Giant, Pillow Talk, Send Me No Flowers, Ice Station Zebra,” and in TV roles in “McMillan & Wife” and “Dynasty.”
Chris Hughes – an American entrepreneur who co-founded and served as spokesman for the online social directory and networking site Facebook
Tom Hulce – He is best known for playing Mozart in the movie "Amadeus" and as Pinto Kroger in "Animal House"
Tab Hunter – Singer-actor-sex symbol who is the very definition of the phrase "sex sells." His blond boy-next-door good looks made him an instant teen idol and got people to notice that he was as talented as an actor/singer as he was handsome. He starred in over 40 major motion pictures and had a hit record with "Young Love", which stayed at #1 on the charts for six weeks. He also had the hit "Ninety-Nine Ways", which peaked at #11 in the charts. His success prompted Jack Warner to enforce Hunter's contract with the studio by banning Dot Records from releasing a follow-up album he had recorded for them. Warner Bros. Records was founded specifically for Hunter. One of Tab's most famous gay lovers was Anthony Perkins of "Psycho" fame.
Anton Hysen – Swedish soccer/footballer sensation. See the sidebar link to my article “How Many Professional Athletes Are Gay?” Part III
John Inman – is best known for his role as Mr. Humphries in the British TV series "Are You Being Served?"
Patrick Jeffrey – a college athlete on the Ohio State University swimming & diving team. He swept the one-meter, three-meter and platform at the Big Ten championship his senior year and was named conference Diver of the Year. He twice competed for the U.S. at the Summer Olympics, in 1988 and 1996. During the 1996, he was already out and performed as an openly gay athlete. In 1999 he became the diving coach at Florida State University
Elton John – the ultimate pop/dance music icon. If ever there was a gay celebrity to be proud of, this popular multiple Grammy winner is it. Often referred to as the Godfather of the fictitious “Gay Mafia”
Corey Johnson – a defensive back in the Arena Football League. He played college football at Georgia and also for the Nashville Kats, Los Angeles Avengers, Buffalo Destroyers, Carolina Cobras, New York Dragons, and Arizona Rattlers.
E. J. Johnson – son of NBA legend Magic Johnson.
Leslie Jordan – is an accomplished stage actor and playwright and is best known for his deliciously played role of Karen Walker's hilariously pretentious (and short) arch-nemesis Beverley Leslie on the hit series “Will & Grace.” For that role he received an Emmy Award in 2006.
Orlando Jordan – is best known for his tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment, where he was a one-time United States Champion.
Chaplain Mychal Judge – a gay 911 Hero. ~ Chaplain Judge was the first one killed in the World Trade Center plaza, and became the occupant of body bag number #0001. Mychal was one of mayor Guiliani's best friends and chaplain for the New York Fire Department. He was also privately gay.
He lost his life when the South Tower collapsed on him as he tried to aid and comfort an injured firefighter. Judge’s helmet was presented to the Pope, and although the Church has not responded to it, there is a movement of Catholics working to have him canonized and made a saint.
Read my detailed article on him by clicking here .
Peter Karlsson – Hockey-European hate crime icon – was a popular Swedish ice hockey player and was murdered by a 19-year-old who used a knife to stab him. The murder is believed to have happened because Karlsson was gay. After the murder, Karlsson's team played a protest match in support of him. The killer's sentence, which was only eight years, which outraged the Swedish gay community.
Chris Kanyon/Klucsaritis – a professional wrestler, best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation, under the ring names Chris Kanyon (or simply Kanyon) and Mortis. After his first attempt at coming out of the closet, he was so badly treated that he recanted. After later confirming he was gay again, he died of an apparent suicide.
Johan Kenkhuis – \Olympic swimmer – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Billy Jean King – Tennis icon – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Tommy Kirk – a popular child actor who starred with Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, Annette Funicello and Fred Mac Murray in such Disney classics as “Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones and its sequel The Monkey's Uncle,” the original “Absent-Minded Professor” and its sequel, “Son of Flubber.”
As he grew into his teens, he realized he was gay and told several of the wrong people. As a consequence Disney fired him. As Kirk tells the story, "Even more than MGM, Disney was the most conservative studio in town. The studio executives were beginning to suspect my homosexuality. Certain people were growing less and less friendly. In 1963, Disney let me go. But Walt asked me to return for the final Merlin Jones movie, 'The Monkey's Uncle,' because the Jones films had been moneymakers for the studio."
After all, the self-righteous will sell their morals for the almighty dollar. After leaving Disney he became a popular "teen-idol" and starred or appeared in many successful "beach" movies.
In a bit of irony, Tommy Kirk was later inducted as a Disney Legend on October 9, 2006
T. R. Knight – best known as Dr. George O'Malley on “Grey's Anatomy.”
David Kopay – American football read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the sidebar link
Daniel Kowalski – is an Australian middle and long distance swimmer specializing in freestyle events. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, he was the first man in 92 years to earn medals in all of the 200 m, 400 m and 1500 m freestyle events.
2000 Summer Olympics: gold medal in the 4x200 m freestyle relay. 1996 Summer Olympics: silver medal in the 1500 m freestyle, bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle, and bronze medal in the 200 m freestyle. Kowalski was part of the world record setting Australian gold medal 4x200 m relay team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Kowalski was inspired to come out by Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas
Carson Kressley – the fashion expert on “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”
Nancy Kulp – An icon for lesbians in the 60s, she is best known as Miss Jane Hathaway on the popular television series “The Beverly Hillbillies.” – Clarification-though I’ve found mention on many websites that Miss Kulp was living as an openly gay woman, I can find not definitive proof.
Adam Lambert – Singer, songwriter, and actor from San Diego, California. In May 2009, he finished as the runner-up on the eighth season of “American Idol.” He is the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major label in America.
Nathan Lane – a two-time Tony and Emmy award-winning actor of stage and screen famous for his roles as Albert in “The Birdcage,” Max Bialystock in “The Producers,” Ernie Smuntz in “Mouse Hunt,” Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls,” Pseudolus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and his voice work in “The Lion King and Stuart Little.” In 2008, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
k.d. Lang – Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances; hits include "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine". She has contributed songs to movie soundtracks and has teamed with musicians such as Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, and Anne Murray. The chorus of her hit "Constant Craving" was unintentionally "borrowed" by the Rolling Stones for their hit single "Anybody Seen My Baby" for which she was given co-writing credit.
Mark Leduc – a boxer from Canada, who won a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics
Bernard Lee – best known for his role as “M”in the first eleven “James Bond” films.
Don Lemon – CNN reporter
Liberace – was a famous American icon entertainer and virtuoso pianist. During the 1950s–1970s he was the highest paid entertainer in the world
Little Richard – a music icon, singer, songwriter, pianist and recording artist, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mentions him as “the architect of rock and roll”
Chris Lowe – Musician/Arranger/Composer. One half of the magnificent duo THE PET SHOP BOYS
Greg Louganis – Olympic diving icon read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Jane Lynch – is best known as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in the TV series “Glee”
Paul Lynde – A well-liked gay icon, comedian and actor who was well known for his roles as Uncle Arthur on “Bewitched” and Harry McAfee, the befuddled father in “Bye Bye Birdie.” He was also the regular "center square" on the game show “Hollywood Squares.”
George Maharis – best known for his role as Buzz Murdock in first three seasons of the TV series “Route 66.” Maharis also recorded numerous pop music albums
Sean Maher – and his lover/partner Paul have two adopted children Sophia Rose and Liam. Sean stopped acting for two years to be a "stay-at-home" dad. Sean played a closeted gay man in short-lived "The Playboy Club." He has also appeared in "Firefly" "Serenity" "Halleys Comet"
Barry Manilow – is an American singer-songwriter, musician, arranger, producer, conductor, entertainer, and performer, best known for such recordings as "Mandy", "I Write the Songs", "Weekend in New England", "Can't Smile Without You", and "Copa Cabana."
Ricky Martin – is a Puerto Rican pop singer, father, humanitarian and actor who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist/sex symbol with such hits as “Livin' la Vida Loca.”
Johnny Mathis – Pop music icon, known for his hit singles “Chances Are” and “To Much, To Little, To Late”
Roddy Mc Dowell – began his career as a child actor in such films as "How Green Was My Valley" "Lassie Come Home" "My Friend Flicka" and "The Keys of the Kingdom." As he grew into his twenties he became popular with an in-crowd of more famous male sex symbols and is rumored to have been lovers with both Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.
He became famous for his roles in four of the original “Planet of the Apes” movies and the TV series that followed. Other film appearances included roles in “Cleopatra”, a pivotal role in the original "The Poseidon Adventure" and "Overboard" in which he played a kind-hearted butler opposite Goldie Hawn. He also appeared on stage and TV. One notable role was in the pilot for "Night Gallery" in which he played a scheming nephew out to kill his uncle. He appeared frequently on “Hollywood Squares”
Kelly Mc Gillis – actress whose movies include Witness, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, “Top Gun,” and “The Accused.”
James Edward McGreevey – served as the Governor of New Jersey from January 15, 2002, until he resigned from office on November 15, 2004. On the afternoon of August 12, 2004, he outed himself by confessing to having an affair on his wife with another man before the story could go public.
Ian Mc Kellen – known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy and as Magneto in the "X-Men" films.
Freddie Mercury – the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen and as a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "We Are the Champions", and "Barcelona"
Ken Mehlman – Closeted/outed Former Republican National Committee chairman when it was extremely anti-gay
George Michael – a two-time Grammy Award winning English singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham!. His first solo single, "Careless Whisper" sold about six million copies worldwide.
Michelangelo – an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer. Two of his best known sculptures, the Pietà and world-renowned David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, Michelangelo also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
As a poet his greatest written expressions of love were given to Tommaso dei Cavalieri who was 23 years old when Michelangelo met him. Cavalieri was open to the older man's affection: I swear to return your love. Never have I loved a man more than I love you, never have I wished for a friendship more than I wish for yours. Cavalieri remained devoted to Michelangelo until his death.
Michelangelo dedicated to him over three hundred sonnets and madrigals, constituting the largest sequence of poems that he composed.
Eric Millegan – an actor primarily known for his work on the TV series “Bones” in which he played Dr. Zack Addy.
Harvey Milk – was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Both movies about his life have won Academy Awards
Sal Mineo – became famous for his role in “Rebel Without A Cause”, in which he played John "Plato" Crawford, a teenager hopelessly in love with Jim Stark (played by James Dean). His performance resulted in an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor,
Matthew Mitcham – an honored Australian Olympic Diver – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol II” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Dave Moffatt – a member of the Canadian Pop/Rock band The Moffatts. He played keyboard and sang lead and background vocals. At a very young age, the Moffatt boys became international stars, with great numbers of pre-teen, teen and adult fans.
Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan – The gay Marine kiss seen and celebrated around the world-See my article and photo gallery/video in the sidebar.
Chris Morgan – is a famous British power-lifter and gay athletic ambassador
Kathy Najimy – is an actress and comedian, She played Olive Massery “Veronica's Closet,” Sister Mary Patrick in “Sister Act” and the voice of Peggy Hill on “King of the Hill.” She did two Off Broadway shows with Mo Gaffney working as the duo Kathy and Mo. One of the shows became an HBO comedy special.
Martina Navratilova – Tennis icon ~ read about her in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol II” by clicking the link in the sidebar
Cynthia Nixon – The former "Sex and the City" star is holding firm to her statement that she has chosen to be a lesbian, sparking controversy. "For me, it is a choice, I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me."
Rudolf Nureyev – was one of the world's most famous male ballet dancers
Diana Nyad – a world record-holding American swimmer and public radio contributor. She recently attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida
Rosie O’Donnell – a famous stand-up comedian, talk show host, actress, singer, author, media personality and magazine editor.
Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare – Played the murderous campier Russell Edgington on HBO’s “True Blood.”
Brian Orser – is a 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1987 World champion and the 1981-1988 Canadian national champion. He is one of the most accomplished skaters in Canada's history, with eight national titles, two Olympic medals, and a world title to his credit. He is the skating director at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.
Peter Paige – is an American actor, director, screenwriter, best known for his role as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime's hit series "Queer as Folk"
Annise Parker – is Houston's second female mayor, and the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. city with over a million residents
Jim Parsons – is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory' garnering many awards for the show. Jim has proposed marriage to his lover partner Todd Spiewak of over 10 years."
Anthony Perkins – best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's “Psycho”
Bob Paris – Mr. Universe ~ read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link to it in the sidebar.
David Pichler – U.S. Olympic diver in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he was elected team captain. Pichler and Mark Ruiz won the synchronized platform final at the FINA-USA Diving Grand Prix in May 2000
David Hyde Pierce – actor/comedian best known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the sitcom “Frasier.”
Rep. Jared Polis – the first openly gay man elected to the U.S. House as a freshman
Paula Poundstone – is known for her sardonic style of stand-up comedy and masculine fashion sense.
Christine Quinn – a Speaker of the New York City Council, which is among the most powerful positions in city government after the Mayor.
Zachary John Quinto – Plays Mr. Spock in the newest series of Star Trek movies, and appeared as Sylar in the science fiction drama Heroes
Dack Rambo – actor most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the “The Guns of Will Sonnett,” as Steve Jacobi in “All My Children,” as cousin Jack Ewing on “Dallas,” and as Grant Harrison on “Another World.”
Robert Reed – is best known for playing two completely different roles on TV, both at the same time - Mike Brady; beloved father of "The Brady Bunch," and Lieutenant Adam Tobias on the detective series "Mannix"
Brigadier General Virgil A. Richard – a gay military hero. ~ He is a retired Army officer who served 32 years of active military service of which 30 were devoted to Financial Management. Richard gained national media attention as a part of a small group of high-ranking military officers who have come out of the closet after retirement..
Charles Nelson Riley – actor, comedian, director and drama teacher known for his comedic roles in movies, children's television, animated cartoons, and as a panelist on the game show “Match Game.”
Ian Roberts – Australian rugby icon read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Thomas Roberts – Anchor man for MSNBC
Robbie Rogers – A member of the U.S. Men's Soccer Team, he played professionally in England.
Cesar Romero – played The Joker in the 1960s television series “Batman.” In 1966, the show was transferred to movie theaters, and Romero became the first actor to portray the Joker in a motion picture.
Gabriel Romero – is best known for his ground-breaking role as Fernandito, the first openly gay character on Spanish-language television sitcom Los Beltrán and for his role as Marco on “Dante's Cove.”
Dick Sargent – best known as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the original hit television series “Bewitched.” In actuality, Sargent was originally cast as Darren but shortly after had to turn it down due to a contractual obligation, then was offered it when Dick York left the role, technically making him the first and third Darren… sort of.
John Schlesinger – an English film and stage director. Directed “Midnight Cowboy” 1969, which became the first X-rated film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Fred Schneider – the front man of the rock band The B-52's, of which he is a founding member
1st Lt. Joshua David Seefried – "J.D." is now able to proudly display a photo of his Air Force boyfriend on his office desk. The 25-year-old Air Force officer serves his country at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey attached to the 87th Air Base Wing. Since 2010 he co-founded and runs OutServe, a former underground network for gay military personnel that boasts more than 65,000 member in 40 chapters world wide. Since September 20, 2011 his organization's magazine has published issues featuring photographs and biographies of gay service members. It is available online and at Army and Air Force commissaries... with the Pentagon's blessing..
Matthew Shepard – a gay hate crime icon ~ He was a college student who was kidnapped and beaten to death for being gay – See my article on him in the sidebar.
Johanna Sigurdardottir – Prime Minister of Iceland. The only out-and-proud openly gay politician to be elected head of state regardless of her sexual-orientation... so far. In June of 2010 under her leadership Iceland legalized Gay Marriage.
Jaason Simmons – an Australian actor best known for the role of Logan Fowler on the TV series “Baywatch”
Richard Simmons – is a fitness guru/comedian, most famously through his “Sweatin' to the Oldies” line of aerobics videos and DVDs known for his eccentric, outgoing personality.
Roy Simmons – NFL football read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar
Oliver Sipple~ a decorated US Marine and Vietnam War veteran widely known for saving the life of Pres. Gerald Ford during an assassination attempt in San Francisco. The subsequent public revelation that Sipple was gay turned the news story into a cause célèbre for gay activists..
Jerry Smith – American football read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link to it in the sidebar.
Stephen Sondheim – may not have been the founder of Broadway, but the street should've been renamed after him. He is the winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. He has been described as "the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theatre." His most works include “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins,” and lyrics for “West Side Story and Gypsy.”
Dusty Springfield – an English early pop music icon because of her distinctive sensual sound. She was one of the most notable white soul artists. Known for such hits as "I Only Want To Be With You", "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself", "Wishin' and Hopin'" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and her later standout recordings with The Pet Shop Boys’ “What have I done to deserve this?”
Gertrude Stein – published her memoirs in 1933 under the teasing title The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (her lover). It became Stein's bestselling book. The two were a couple until Stein's death in 1946. Together they hosted a salon in France that attracted expatriate American writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Thornton Wilder and Sherwood Anderson, and avant-garde painters, including Picasso, Matisse and Braque.
David Ogden Stiers – actor/conductor who played “Charles Winchester III on “M*A*S*H”
Michael Stipe – the lead vocalist for the alternative rock band R.E.M. When asked if he ever declares himself as gay, Stipe stated, "I don’t. I think there’s a line drawn between gay and queer, and for me, queer describes something that’s more inclusive of the grey areas."
Wanda Sykes – talk show host, comedian and actress. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on “The Chris Rock Show.” In 2004 Entertainment Weekly named her as one of the 25 funniest people in America.
George Takei – best known for his role in the TV and then movie series “Star Trek,” in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise.
John Tartaglia – joined “Sesame Street”'s puppetry team at 16 performing as a right hand, Phoebe, Elmo, Ernie and Oscar the Grouch He also created and puppeteered the roles of Princeton (the recent college grad) and Rod (the closeted Republican-investment banker) in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Avenue Q,” for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Rip Taylor – a well known American television game show comedian and actor.
Neil Tennant – front man/composer for the incredible techno pop duo “The Pet Shop Boys”
Mark Tewksbury – Olympic swimmer ~ read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Gareth Thomas – rugby icon read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol III” by clicking the link in the sidebar.
Scott Thompson – is best known as a member of the comedy troupe “Kids in the Hall”
“Big” Bill Tilden – Tennis icon ~ considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time – read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the sidebar link
Alice B Toklas – Gertrude Stein's confidante, lover, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic, and general organizer, Toklas remained a background figure, chiefly living in the shadow of Stein, until she published her memoirs in 1933 under the teasing title The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. It became Stein's bestselling book. The two were a couple until Gertrude Stein's death in 1946. Together they hosted a salon in France that attracted expatriate American writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Thornton Wilder and Sherwood Anderson, and avant-garde painters, including Picasso, Matisse and Braque
Lily Tomlin – Entertainment icon-actress, comedian, writer and producer. She has been honored at the Kennedy Center, won Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award and has also been nominated for an Academy Award. She is known as the wisecracking and snorting telephone operator Ernestine who loves to proclaim to her customers, "We don't care, we don't have to...we're the phone company," and asking “Is this the party to whom I am speaking?” She has also starred in such movies as "Nashville" "Nine-to-Five" and "All of Me" Most recently as Mc Gee’s grandmother Penelope on “NCIS”
Esera Tuaolo – American football ~ read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the sidebar link.
Tommy Tune – actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer. Over the course of his career, he has won nine Tony Awards.
Gus Van Sant – American film director, screenwriter, photographer, musician, and author, nominated for an Academy Award for "Good Will Hunting" and "Milk"
Dan Veatch – Olympic swimmer who swam for the United States team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, finishing seventh in the 200-meter backstroke, his specialist event. He won the 200 m backstroke at the Pan Pacific Games in Brisbane in 1987 and again in Tokyo in 1989
Gianni Versace – a famous Italian fashion designer of much sought-after accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings as well as clothes. He also designed costumes for friends Elton John, Sting, and Princess Diana among many others. Openly gay, Versace and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene.
Gore Vidal – A famous and infamous American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and political activist. Early in his career he wrote The City and the Pillar (1948), which outraged mainstream critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. He subsequently emerged as one of America's more important literary figures due to the enormous quantity of work produced over the course of his career, including novels, essays, plays, and short stories covering a wide variety of topics
Bruce Vilanch – an American comedy writer to whom many owe their careers. He caught the public eye when he became a wisecracking regular on seasons 1-4 of the revamped “Hollywood Squares,” alongside Whoopi Goldberg where he provided not only his own hilarious comebacks, but also to Goldberg and many others on the show. He has wrote topical joke material for a number of awards show hosts, notably for Billy Crystal at the Academy Awards.
Dr. Tom Waddell – Olympic athlete/founder read about him in “Famous Gay Athletes Vol I” by clicking the sidebar link.
Rufus Wainwright – Canadian-American singer and songwriter/composer for film soundtracks such as “Brokeback Mountain, I am Sam, Moulin Rouge!, Shrek, Meet the Robinsons, Big Daddy, Zoolander, and Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man”
Vaughn Walker – Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Walker is one of only two known gay federal judges
Andy Warhol – became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure that surrounded himself with bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons. In his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Andy Warhol Museum exists in memory of his life and artwork. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises
Clifton Webb – Broadway and Hollywood acting legend best known for his “Mr.
Belvedere” series of movies
Rick Welts – CEO and President of the Phoenix Suns-See the sidebar link to read about him in “How Many Professional Athletes are gay Part III.”
Walt Whitman – was among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass,” which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.
Will Wikle – a registered nurse and is best known for his appearance in the fifth American season of “Big Brother.”
Oscar Wilde – was an iconic Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete, famous for his world renown "Picture of Dorian Gray"
Tennessee Williams – won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “A Streetcar Named Desire” and for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” In addition, “The Glass Menagerie and The Night of the Iguana” received New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards. His play “The Rose Tattoo” received the Tony Award for best play. In 1980 President Jimmy Carter presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Paul Winfield – Actor known for his portrayal of a Louisiana sharecropper the landmark film "Sounder" which earned him an Academy Award nomination, and as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the television miniseries "King", for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Star Trek fans know him as Captain Clark Terrell of the U.S.S. Reliant in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He also played Lt. Traxler, a friendly but crusty cop partnered with Lance Henriksen in “The Terminator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
B.D. Wong – best-known for his roles as Dr. George Huang on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” as Father Ray Mukada on HBO's “Oz,” and for his starring role as Song Liling in the Broadway production of “M. Butterfly.”
Klaus Wowereit – elected the Mayor of Berlin, he is one of the most famous gay German politicians. In coming out, prior to the 2001 mayoral elections, he coined the now famous German phrase "Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so." ("I am gay, and that's all right, too.").
Chely Wright – an American country music artist, famous for her #1 single "Single White Female" and has charted more than fifteen singles on the country charts. She has also written songs for Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Mindy Smith and a top 10 hit for Clay Walker, "I Can't Sleep"
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