[ Home ] [ Rich East ] [ The Cleopatra Costume ] [ Commedia dell'Arte ] [ Cyrano ] [ Dressing for Shakespeare ]
[ The Iliad ][ Decorating Forties Style ]
[ Decorating for a Fifties Christmas ] [ To Kill a Mockingbird ]
[
Who's Who in GLBT History ] [ Miniatures ] [ Paper Dolls ] [ Santa Collection ] [ Clarence ] [ St. Bernardine's Church ]

 


 

A Rainbow Honor Roll:
A Partial Who's Who in GLBT History


  1. Acosta, Mercedes de (1893 - 1968), American poet, novelist, playwright, social commentator, screenwriter, Here Lies the Heart (1960)

  2. Acton, Harold (1904 - 1994), according to GLBTQ, a British poet, novelist, historian, university lecturer, Royal Air Force officer, and philanthropist, Acton's true vocation was that of an aesthete with a mission, in his own words, to "excite rage in the hearts of the Philistines." He "created the fashion for Oxford bags; trousers which had a lot of fabric in the legs." (Lloyd)

  3. Adams, H. Leslie (1932 - ), noted African-American composer and teacher

  4. Addams, Jane (1860 - 1935), American social reformer, established Hull House, first settlement house in America

  5. Albee, Edward (1928 - ), American playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner (1966, 1975, 1994), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962)

  6. Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC), Macedonian king, conqueror of Greece and Persia (see Mary Renault's The Nature of Alexander)

  7. Alger Jr., Horatio (1832 - 1899), American author, Ragged Dick Or, Street Life in New York With the Boot-Blacks (ca 1890)

  8. Anderson, Coach Eric "Gumby" (? ) first openly gay American high school track coach in 1993, author of Trailblazing: The True Story of America's First Openly Gay Track Coach; a Ph.D. candidate, he writes on gay sports and distrance running, with a website for gay and lesbian athletes.

  9. Andersen, Hans Christian (1805 - 1875), Danish author, The Little Mermaid (1836) (see Hans Christian Andersen the Complete Fairy Tales and Stories)

  10. Anderson, Margaret (1886 - 1973), American editor and author, Forbidden Fires (1958)

  11. Anthony, Susan Brownell (1820 - 1906), American social reformer and feminist activist

  12. Antinous (110? - 130), (pronounced 'Ant-eye-nous') Bithynian youth, favorite of Roman Emperor Hadrian, "the divine Hadrian deified Antinous" (Lloyd) (see Beloved and God: The Story of Hadrian and Antinous)

  13. Auden, W(ystan) H(ugh) (1907 - 1973), British - American poet, Poems (1930)

  14. St. Bacchus (? - 303), Roman martyr, connected to story of St. Sergius (see Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe )

  15. Bacon, Sir Francis (1561 - 1626), British king's counsel, essayist, philosopher (see Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends)

  16. Baker, Dr. S. Josephine (1873 - 1945), American social reformer, established first public agency to address children's health issues in New York City

  17. Baldwin, James (1924 - 1987), African - American author, Another Country (1962)

  18. Bankhead, Tallulah (1903 - 1968), American stage and film actress, Lifeboat (1944) (see The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood )

  19. Barber, Samuel (1910 - ), American composer, Pulitizer Prize winner for music, 1963, Antony and Cleopatra (opera) (1966),(Two Scenes Antony & Cleopatra: Soprano...)

  20. Barker, Clive (1940 - ), British artist, author, film director, Sacrament (1996)

  21. Barney, Natalie Clifford (1876 - 1972), American - French author, Pensees d'une amazone (1920) (see A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney)

  22. Barrie, J(ames) M(atthew) (1860 - 1937), British author, Peter Pan or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (1904) (Peter Pan: The Complete and Unabridged Text)

  23. Bates, Katharine Lee (1859 - 1929), American poet, author, Wellesley College professor, wrote poem, "American the Beautiful" (1893) (See Lynn Sherr's America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song )

  24. Beach, Sylvia Woodbridge (1887 - 1962), author, co - owner of the English - language Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore and lending library which became a hub of activity and contact for English - speaking writers and artists in Paris, wrote Shakespeare and Company (1959)

  25. Bearse, Amanda (1958 - ), American actress, writer and director, most known for her work in Married with Children (1987)

  26. Bean, Billy, American professional baseball player, played Tigers, Dodgers and Padres (career batting average was .226 out of 272 games); now runs a restaurant in Miami.

  27. Bennett, Michael (1943 - 1987), American dancer and choreographer, A Chorus Line (1975, for which he won Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1976) A Chorus Line: With the Printed Music from the Broadway Show

  28. Benson, E. F. (Fred) (1867 - 1940), noted prolific British humorist author of over 100 books: serious novels, ghost stories, plays, biographies. "Best remembered for his Mapp & Lucia comedies written between 1920 and 1939 and other comic novels such as Paying Guests and Mrs Ames. He became mayor of Rye, the Sussex town that provided the model for his fictional Tilling, from 1934 to 1937." (from a bibliographical site online). "One of his characters, Georgie (who appears in several books) is obviously gay and yet he is sympathetic; we are supposed to find his embroidery and 'outre' clothes both attractive and amusing. ... Fred was also the confidant to whom Bosie told enough of his life with Oscar Wilde for Hickman, who was of the party, to write The Green Carnation." (Lloyd)

  29. Bernhard, Sandra (1955 - ), American actress, writer, Sandra Bernhard - I'm Still Here...Damn It (2000)

  30. Bernstein, Leonard (1918 - 1990), American composer, conductor, concert pianist, author, educator, West Side Story (see Leonard Bernstein - The Making of "West Side Story"

  31. Bonheur, Rosa (1822 - 1899), French realist painter, The Horse Fair (1865)

  32. Bono, Chastity (1969 - ), daughter of Sonny and Cher Bono, spokesperson for GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

  33. Boswell, John (1947 - 1994), American historian, Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe (1994)

  34. Bradley, Marion Zimmer (1930 - 1999), American author, The Mists of Avalon (1983)

  35. Britton, Benjamin (1913 - 1976), English composer, Peter Grimes (opera) (1945)

  36. Brooks, Louise (1906-1985), American film actress noted for her role as Lulu in Pandora's Box (1928), became known, mostly, for her bobbed hair style, outspoken and freethinking, she appeared in a few excellent German films, ending her career in 1938 with only 25 films.

  37. Broughton, James (1914 - 1999), American poet, playwright, filmmaker, The Pleasure Garden (1953), Packing Up for Paradise: Selected Poems 1946-1996

  38. Brown, Howard (1924 - 1975), American physician, health administrator, activist, helped found the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and sat on the boards of the Lambda Foundation and the Institute for Human Identity

  39. Brown, Rita Mae (1944 - ) American author, poet, feminist, humorist, screenwriter, Rubyfruit Jungle (1973)

  40. Buchanan, James (1791 - 1868), Fifteenth U.S. President

  41. Burke, Glenn, (1953 -1995) African-American outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A's who was known for popularizing the high five. Died of AIDS complications.

  42. Burr, Raymond (1917 - 1993) American actor noted for his portrayal of Perry Mason in the long-running tv series (beginning in 1957) and Ironsides, a later series.

  43. Burroughs, William S. (1914 - 1997), American author, Naked Lunch (1959)

  44. Byron, Lord (George Gordon Noel Byron) (1799 - 1924), British Romantic poet, Don Juan (1818)

  45. Cadmus, Paul (1904 - 1999), American magic realist artist, "The Fleet's In!" (1934) (see Intimate Companions: A Triography of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and Their Circle)

  46. Caesar, Gaius Julius (100 - 44 BC), Roman dictator (see Plutarch's Roman Lives: A Selection of Eight Lives)

  47. Cage, John (1912 - 1992) American composer, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1948)

  48. Cammermeyer, Margarethe (1943 - ), American Chief Nurse of Washington State National Guard, lesbian activist, author , Serving in Silence (1994)

  49. Canova, Antonio (1757 - 1822), Italian Neoclassical sculptor, Perseus with Medusa's Head (1801)

  50. Capote, Truman (1924 - 1984), American author, In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (1966)

  51. Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da (1573 - 1610), Italian early Baroque painter, Supper at Emmaus

  52. Carpenter, Edward (1844 - 1929), British poet, social activist, philosopher, Love's Coming of Age (1896)

  53. Carroll, Helen, American Athletic Diversity Specialist, accaliamed national Championship Basketball Coach from University of North Carolina-Asheville; director of National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletic Director, featured in Out For A Change: Addressing Homophobia in Women's Sports (film) and Pat Griffin's book, Strong Women, Deep Closets.

  54. Cather, Willa (1873 - 1947), American author, Pulitzer Prize for Novel, 1923, Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

  55. Cavady, Constantine (1863 - 1933), Greek poet, Ithaka (1894) (see Before Time Could Change Them: The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy)

  56. Cellini, Benvenuto (1500 - 1571), Italian artist, sculptor, Perseus with the Head of Medusa (1545 - 1554)

  57. Chamberlain, Richard (1935 - ), American actor noted for his work in Dr. Kildare (tv series), in Shogun ( tv mini-series) and The Thorn Birds (1983 tv mini-series).

  58. Chapman, Graham (1941 - 1989), English actor, part of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

  59. Cho, Margaret (1968 - ), Chinese-American standup comic, actress, I'm the One That I Want (2000).

  60. Christina of Sweden (1626 - 1689), Queen of Sweden

  61. Claiborne, Craig (1920 - 2000), American author of several gourmet home cooking books, food editor for the New York Times, The New York Times International Cookbook (reprint 1990).

  62. Clift, Montgomery (1920 - 1966), American actor, A Place in the Sun (1951)

  63. Cocteau, Jean (1889 - 1963), French writer, filmmaker, artist, Beauty & The Beast - Criterion Collection (1946)

  64. Colbert, Claudette (b. Lily Claudette Chauchoin) (1903 - 1996), French - born American Oscar winner, popular leading lady during the 1930's and 1940's, It Happened One Night (1934)

  65. Copland, Aaron (1900 - 1990), American composer, Pulitizer Prize for music 1945, Appalachian Spring: Ballet for Martha (1944)

  66. Cornell, Katharine (1889 - 1997), German - born American actor considered one of the great ladies of American Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra (1947) (see I wanted to be an actress : the autobiography of Katharine Cornell, as told to Ruth Woodbury Sedgwick )

  67. Coward, Sir Noel (1899 - 1973), British playwright, actor, producer, composer, Private Lives (1930)

  68. Crisp, Quentin (1908 - 1999), English author, celebrity, The Naked Civil Servant (1968)

  69. Cukor, George (1899 - 1983), American film director, The Women (1939)

  70. Curry, John (1949 - 1994), British Olympic figure skating champion, redefined the sport with his "elegant balletic style"

  71. da Vinci, Leonardo (1452 - 1519), Italian painter, sculptor, scientist (see Leonardo Da Vinci: The Complete Paintings )

  72. de Lempicka, Tamara (1898-1980) Polish artists whose portraits epitomize the Art Deco movement Adam and Eve (ca. 1932) (see gallery of paintings, Laura Claridge & Tamara De Lempicka's Tamara De Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence)

  73. de Wolfe, Elsie (1865 - 1950). American who invented Interior Design (see Ladies and Not-So- Gentle Women )

  74. Dean, James (1931 - 1955), American actor, Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

  75. Degeneres, Ellen (1958 - ), American actor, stand - up comedian, Ellen (sitcom) (1993 - 1998)

  76. Delaney, Samuel (1942 - ), African - American science - fiction author, Dahlgren (see The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction of Samuel R. Delaney )

  77. Delanoe, Bertrand (1952 - ), French mayor of Paris, leader of the Socialists.

  78. Dennis, Sandy (1937 - 1992), American actress, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?(1966) (see Hollywood Lesbians )

  79. Diaghilev, Sergey (1872 - 1929), Russian producer of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo (1909 - 1929)

  80. Dickinson, Emily (1830 - 1886), American poet, Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (see also My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson )

  81. Dietrich, Marlene (1901 - 1992), German actress, entertainer, The Blue Angel (1930)

  82. Dooley, Thomas A. (1927 - 1961), American Catholic humanitarian in North Vietnam, author, Deliver Us From Evil (1956) (see Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley )

  83. Doolittle, Hilda (known as H.D.) (1886 - 1961), American author, poet, HERmione

  84. Douglas, Lord Alfred (Bosie) (1870 - 1945), British poet, infamous friend of Oscar Wilde. It was the suing of Douglas' father that acted as the catalysis of Wilde's downfall. Douglas later married and spent much energy suing people regarding his relationship with Wilde. Douglas was considered by some, the best sonnet writer of his generation. (see Bosie : The Man, The Poet, The Lover of Oscar Wilde)

  85. Duberman, Martin B. (1930 - ), American historian, founder of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, About Time: Exploring the Gay Past (1986)

  86. Duquesnoy, Francois (1597 - 1643), Flemish Baroque sculptor, St. Andrew (1629 - 33)

  87. Earhart, Amelia (1897 - 1937) American aviator, explorer

  88. Edward II (1284 - 1327) British king

  89. Edwards, Blake (1922 - 1990?) Author, film director

  90. Erickson, Reed (1917 - 1992), Transexual founder of the Erickson Educational Foundation

  91. Erte (b. Romain de Tirtoff ) (1892 - 1990) Russian Art Deco artist, scene designer, (see Erte's Fashion Designs: 218 Illustrations from Harper's Bazar, 1918-1932)

  92. Etheridge, Melissa (1961 - ), American entertainer, composer, song writer, singer, Yes I Am (cd) (1993)

  93. Everett, Rupert (1959 - ), British actor, author, The Next Best Thing (2000)

  94. Ferber, Edna (1885 - 1968), American author, winner Pulitzer Prize for Novel, 1924, Showboat (1926)

  95. Fierstein, Harvey (1954 - ), American actor, playwright, Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

  96. Flagg, Fannie (1944 - ), American comedian, author, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987)

  97. Flynn, Errol (1909 - 1959) Tasmanian actor, author, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

  98. Forster, E(dward) M(organ) (1879 - 1970), British author, Maurice (1971, posthumous)

  99. Foucault, Michel (1926 - 1984), French philosopher and author, The History of Sexuality, 3 vols.(1976 - 1984), The History of Sexuality: An Introduction

  100. Forbes - Semphill, Sir Ewan (1912 - ), British baron, medical doctor, considered intersexed, born as a woman, declared a man so he could marry later.

  101. Fowler, John Bereford (1906 - 1977), prestigeous British interior decorator, who (with Nancy Lancaster and Sibyl Colefax) established "the romantic English Country House style."

  102. Frank, Barney (1940 - ), American congressman in the US House of Representatives

  103. Frederick the Great (1712 - 1786), Prussian Ruler

  104. Fuller, Margaret (1810 - 1850), first American female foreign correspondent, first book review editor, free thinker, Transcendentalist leader, teacher and women's rights author (see The Portable Margaret Fuller (Viking... )

  105. Galindo, Rudy (Val Joe) (1969 - ) Mexican-American national men's skating champion, living with HIV, author,Icebreaker: The autobiography of Rudy Galindo (website)

  106. Geffen, David Lawrence (1943. - ), American music producer, film producer, Interview with a Vampire (1994), (see Tom King's The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood

  107. Genet, Jean (1910 - 1986), French convicted felon, Existentialist dramatist, author, The Balcony (1957), (see The Maids and Deathwatch: Two Plays by Jean Genet)

  108. Gide, Andre (1869 - 1951), French author, playwright, The Immoralist (1902)

  109. Gielgud, Sir John (1904 - 2000), British stage and screen actor, director, author, Prospero's Books (1991), (see Jonathan Croall's Gielgud: A Theatrical Life 1904-2000 )

  110. Ginsberg, Allen (1926 - 1997), American "beat" poet, Howl and Other Poems (1956)

  111. Grant, Cary (1904 - 1986), English-born American actor, one of Hollywood's most popular actors, noted for his work with director Alfred Hitchcock, North by Northwest (1959), (see Boze Hadleigh's Hollywood Gays: Conversations With...)

  112. Hadrian (76 - 138) Roman Emperor, educated ruler and patron of the arts (see Antinous)

  113. Hall, Radclyffe (b. Marguerite Radclyffe - Hall) (1880 - 1943), British author, The Well of Loneliness (1928)

  114. Hammarskjold, Dag (1905 - 1961), Swedish author, secretary - general of the U.N.(see Hammarskjold )

  115. Hansberry, Lorraine (1930 - 1965), African - American playwright, A Raisin in the Sun (1959), (see Pat McKissack's, Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

  116. Haring, Keith (1958 - 1990), American public pop artist (see Keith Haring: The Authorized Biography, 1992)

  117. Harrison, Randy (1977 - ), American actor in Queer as Folk (2000 - tv series)

  118. Hawkins, Sophie B.(1966 - ), American singer, Tongues and Tails (1992)

  119. Hay, Harry (1912), American gay activist, founder Mattachine Society (1950), Radically Gay : Gay Liberation in the Words of Its Founder (1997)

  120. Hayes, Sean P. (1970 - ), American actor in Will and Grace (1998 - tv series) and Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)

  121. Head, Edith (1897? - 1981), American costume designer, worked on over 1,100 films, garnering 8 Oscars for her costume design. (see Hollywood Lesbians )

  122. Highsmith, Patricia (a.k.a. Claire Morgan), American expatriate author, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)

  123. Hirschfeld, Dr. Magnus (1868 - 1935), German gay rights pioneer

  124. Hockney, David (1937 - ), British artist, photocollagist, scene designer, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1971)

  125. Howard, Brian (1905 - 1958), British author, member of the Brideshead Generation (see GLBTQ entry)

  126. Howe, Savoy ( ), Canadian champion boxer and coach, author and actress in her own play "Tale of Doohnamow" as well as performing in improvisational comedy troupes.

  127. Hudson, Rock (1925 - 1985), American actor, who contracted AIDS and brought it to national attention, Pillow Talk (1959)

  128. Hughes, Langston (1902 - 1967), African - American poet, The Langston Hughes Reader (1958) The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

  129. Isherwood, Christopher (1904 - 1986) Anglo - American author, diarist, playwright, The Berlin Stories , basis of Caberet (1946)

  130. Jackson - Paris, Bob (aka Bob Paris) (1959 - ) American pro - body builder, a former Mr. Universe, a gay activist, motivational speaker of international renown, the author of six books Prime: The Complete Guide to Being Fit, Looking Good, Feeling Great (2001) (website)

  131. James Charles Stuart VI of Scotland & I of England (1566 - 1625), king who commissioned 1611 version of the Bible

  132. John, Sir Elton (1947 - ), British composer, singer, entertainer, Aida (2000)

  133. Johns, Jasper (1930 - ), American Abstract Expressionist/Pop Painter and Sculptor, White Flag (1955) (see Jasper Johns: Writings, Sketchbook Notes, Interviews )

  134. Christine Jorgenson (1927 - 1989), photographer, lecturer, most famous transexual of the 20th century after her 1952 surgery, transexual rights pioneer

  135. Keynes, John Maynard (1883 - 1946), British economist

  136. King, Billie Jean (1943 - ), American tennis pro (see Billie Jean King (Sports Immortals) )

  137. Kopay, David (1942 - ), American NFL player, the first prominent male athlete to come out of the closet, The David Kopay Story: An Extraordinary Self-Revelation (1977)

  138. Kushner, Tony (1956 - ), American playwright, Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1993, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1991 - 1992)

  139. Lane, Nathan (1956 - ), American stage and film actor, The Birdcage (1996)

  140. lang, k(atherine) d(awn) (1961 - ), Canadian singer, entertainer, Invincible Summer (2000)

  141. Larson, Jonathan (1960 - 1996), wrote Rent , which won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1996

  142. Laughton, Charles (1899 - 1962), British film actor, director, The Night of the Hunter (1955)

  143. Lawrence, T. E. (aka Lawrence of Arabia) (1888 - 1935) Arabian Liberator, author of Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph, (subject of the movie, Lawrence of Arabia)

  144. Le Gallienne, Eva (1899 - 1991), British - born American actor, producer, and director, noted for her physical beauty, splendid voice, and managerial abilities, Alice in Wonderland (1932) (see Shattered Applause: The Lives of Eva Le Gallienne)

  145. Leyendecker, J(oseph) C(hristian) (1874 - 1951), American illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, etc. (The J. C. Leyendecker Collection: American Illustrators Poster Book)

  146. Liberace (1919 - 1987), American entertainer, pianist, (see Hollywood Gays: Conversations With...)

  147. Lorca, Federico Garcia, (1898 - 1936), Spanish author and playwright, Blood Wedding (1935)

  148. Louganis, Greg (1960), American Olympic diver, author, Breaking the Surface (1996), (his website)

  149. Lowell, Amy (1874 - 1925), American imagist poet, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1926 (posthumous), What's O'Clock, Selected Poems of Amy Lowell

  150. Main, Marjorie (1890-1975), American character actress known for her "down-home mannerisms and her chalk-on-blackboard voice." Starred as Ma Kettle with Percy Kilbride in the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series of films (1947-1957) (see Hollywood Lesbians )

  151. Marlowe, Christopher (1564 - 1593), British Elizabethan playwright, Doctor Faustus, The Complete Plays

  152. Mathis, Johnny (1935 - ), African - American entertainer, 16 Most Requested Songs (1989)

  153. Maupin, Armistead (1944 - ), American author, Tales of the City (1976)

  154. Mauresmo, Amelie (1979 - ) French professional tennis player

  155. McKellen, Ian (1939 - ), British stage and screen actor, Gods and Monsters - Special Edition (1998)

  156. McCullers, Carson (1917 - 1967), American author, playwright, The Member of the Wedding (1946)

  157. McDaniel, Hattie (1895 - 1952) African-American actress on radio, stage and film, the first black Academy Award winner (1940) for her role in Gone With the Wind (see Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel )

  158. Mead, Margaret (1901 - 78) American scientist, explorer, writer, teacher, on the staff in the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History from 1926 until her death, brought the serious work of anthropology into the public consciousness, Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation (1928), (see Margaret Mead: A Life )

  159. Mercury, Freddie (b. Faroukh Bulsara ) (1946 - 1991), African - born British singer with Queen, his acknowledgement of AIDS helped bring awareness of the illness to many fans (see Peter Freestone & David Evans' Freddie Mercury : An Intimate Memoir by the Man Who Knew Him Best)

  160. Merrill, James (1926 - 1995) American poet most widely known as "The Ouija poet" for his narrative poems that record the Ouija board sessions he and a friend conducted with "spirits from another world"...Twice winner of National Book Award, Nights and Days (1966)

  161. Michael, George (b. Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou ) (1963 - ), British Grammy award singer with a troubled personal life, Faith (album) (1987)

  162. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564), Italian sculptor, artist, architect, poet, Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel (1508 - 1512)

  163. Milk, Harvey (1930 - 1978), first openly gay official elected in the US (see The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk )

  164. Mishima, Yukio (1925 - 1970), Japanese author, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (1956)

  165. Monette, Paul (1945 - 1995), American poet, novelist, and essayist, author of 20 books, Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story (1992, winner American National Book Award)

  166. Muska, Michael, (..) American former track-and-field coach at Auburn and Northwestern, now athletic director of Oberlin College, the first openly gay man to hold such a position.

  167. Navratilova, Martina (1956 - ), Czech tennis pro, considered one of the best women's tennis players of the 20th century, whose accomplishments include 56 Grand Slam titles, 167 tournament wins in singles, 165 wins in doubles and the Grand Slam of tennis in 1983 - 84

  168. Nichols, Beverly (1898 - 1983), prolific British author on subjects ranging from religion to politics and travel, in addition to authoring six novels, five detective mysteries, four children’s stories, six autobiographies, and six plays. He attempted to create a homosexual political group. Noted for Merry Hall, Laughter On The Stairs, Sunlight On The Lawn, Garden Open Today, Garden Open Tomorrow (see Beverley Nichols : A Life)

  169. Nightingale, Florence (1820 - 1910), Italian - born, British nursing hero of the Crimean War (1854), "The Lady of the Lamp," founder of nursing as a trained profession for women

  170. Nijinski, Vaslav (1890 - 1950), Russian dancer, L'Apres - midi d'unfaune (1912), (see Peter F. Ostwald's Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap into Madness)

  171. Nureyev, Rudolf (1938 - 93), Russian - born American ballet dancer, defected from Soviet Union in 1961 (see The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev )

  172. Nyro, Laura (1948 - 1997), American composer, singer, considered one of the most important women in rock history, with ballads which combined elements of folk, soul and gospel, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession

  173. O'Donnell, Rosie (1962 - ), American daily talk - show host, standup comedian, film and stage actor, author, gay/lesbian - parent activist, Find Me (2002)

  174. Orton, Joe (1933 - 1967), British playwright of outrageous black farces, he delighted in shocking people, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1964) (see The Complete Plays )

  175. Page, Peter (? - ), American actor in Queer as Folk (2000 - tv series)

  176. Pallone, Dave (? - ) American National League umpire.

  177. Pasolini, Pier Paolo (1922 - 1975) Italian film director, poet, novelist, produced socially leftist works, The Decameron (1971)

  178. Perkins, Anthony (1932 - 1992) American actor of Broadway and film who immortalized the tormented character of Norman Bates in Psycho.

  179. Petronius, Gaius (ca. 27 - 66 AD), Roman writer of The Satyricon (ca. 61 AD)

  180. Pichler, David (1968 - ), American Olympic diver.

  181. Pintauro, Danny (1976 - ), American actor, worked as a child on Who's the Boss (1984 - ), continues in films.

  182. Plato (427? - 347 BC) Greek philosopher, wrote about Socrates, The Republic

  183. Pope Julius III (1487 - 1555) Roman Catholic Pope, first president of the Council of Trent (1545) (See Chronicle of the Popes: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Papacy over 2000 Years - 1997)

  184. Pope Leo X (1475 - 1521) Roman Catholic Pope, promoted the arts of such geniuses as Raphael

  185. Pope Sixtus IV (1414 - 1484) Italian Roman Catholic Pope, builder of the Sistine Chapel and second founder of the Vatican Library

  186. Porter, Cole (1892 - 1964) American composer of over 800 songs, many of them considered classics, Kiss Me Kate (1948)

  187. Power, Tyrone (1914 - 1958), American screen actor, Witness for the Prosecution (1958)

  188. Proust, Marcel (1871 - 1922), French author, Rememberence of Things Past (16 volumes published 1913 - 1927) (see Remembrance of Things Past )

  189. Rechy, John (1934 - ) American author, teacher, winner of PEN - USA - West's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Night (1963)

  190. Renault, Mary (b. Mary Challans) (1905 - 1983), British historical novelist, The Persian Boy (1972)

  191. Rich, Adrienne (1929 - ) American poet, essayist, radical feminist, lesbian separatist, teacher, Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972

  192. Richard I Coeur de Lion (1157 - 1199), King of England (Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade)

  193. Richards, Renee, M.D. (b. Richard Raskin) (1924 - ), transgendered American opthomologist, tennis player, author, Second Serve.

  194. Rimbaud, Arthur (1854 - 1891) French symbolist poet, A Season in Hell (1873; trans. 1932) (see Rimbaud: A Biography )

  195. Roberts, Cecil Edric Mornington (1892 - 1976), British author and journalist. "His novel, Scissors: A novel of youth (1923) has a gay couple in it (one of the first in an English language novel)." (Lloyd)

  196. Roberts, Ian (ca1980 - ), English-born Australian popular rugy player who became the first major sports figure in Australia to come out (see Paul Freeman's Ian Robert - Finding Out) (website)

  197. Robbins, Jerome (1918 - 1998), American choreographer for stage and film, winner 4 Tony and 2 Academy Awards, West Side Story (1957)

  198. Roosevelt, Eleanor (1884 - 1962), American social activist, First Lady, author, considered her greatest legacy the creation of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the United Nations (see Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1933)

  199. Rorem, Ned (1923 - ), American composer and author, Air Music: Ten Etudes of Orchestra, won a Pulitzer Prize for music 1976, well-known for his diaries, The Later Diaries 1961-1972

  200. RuPaul (born RuPaul Andre Charles) (1960 - ) American super model, AIDS activist, author, Lettin It All Hang Out: An Autobiography

  201. Rustin, Bayard (1910 - 1987), African - American aide to Martin Luther King, Jr., helping organize the Montgomery bus boycott, drafting the original plan for the Souther Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and masterminding civil rights demonstrations, including the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin: Troubles I'Ve Seen: A Biography

  202. Salah El - Din (1138 - 1193) or Saladin, Egyptian ruler who united the Arab world against the Crusaders and recaptured Jerusalem in 1187 (see Richard I)

  203. Sappho of Lesbos (circa 600 B.C. - ???) Greek poet (see The Sappho Companion)

  204. Shakespeare, William (1564 - 1616) British Elizabethan playwright, poet, Hamlet

  205. Shepard, Matthew (1976 - 1998), American gay college student whose murder galvanized the gay human rights movement (see Beth Loffreda's Losing Matt Shepard )

  206. Signorile, Michelangelo (1960 - ) American author, gay and AIDS activist, called a "terrorist" and "queer radical" for "outing" closeted public figures, Outing Yourself: How to Come Out as Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends, and Coworkers (1996)

  207. Simmons, Dawn Langley (1937 - ), British - born American intersexed transexual, lived 30 years as a man, had sexual reassignment surgery, married and gave birth to daughter.

  208. Smith, Bessie (1894 - 1937) Afro - American entertainer, "Empress of the Blues," considered "greatest and most influential classic blues singer of the 1920s" (Bessie Smith The Ultimate Collection, Empress of the Blues)

  209. Socrates (469 - 399 B.C.) Greek philosopher, left no writings except through writings by Plato and Xenophon, (see The Last Days of Socrates: Euthyphro/Apology/Crito/Phaedo

  210. Sondheim, Stephen (1930 - ), musical - theatre composer, changed the face of modern musical theatre, has written music/lyrics for over 21 works, won Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1985, 6 Tony Awards, Sweeney Todd (1984) (see Four by Sondheim: A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)

  211. Spencer-Devlin, Muffin (1954 - ), American 20-some year Ladies Professional Golf Association veteran, who won three LPGA tournaments, and actress.

  212. Spender, Sir Stephen (1909 - 1995), British poet, literary editor, and critic, World Within World: The Autobiography of Stephen Spender

  213. Stanwyck, Barbara (1907 - 1990), American film and television star, noted for her work in Big Valley (tv series) and 93 movies, including Sorry Wrong Number (1948) and Double Indemnity (1944), nominated 4 times for an Oscar during her 59 year career.

  214. Stein, Gertrude (1874 - 1946), American - born French, 'cubist' author, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

  215. Strayhorn, Billy (1915 - 1967), Afro - American jazz pianist and composer, collaborated with Duke Ellington (Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn)

  216. Symonds, John Addington (1840 - 1893), British author, early gay rights activist (see John Addington Symonds: Culture and the Demon Desire)

  217. Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich (1840 - 1893), Russian Romantic composer, The Nutcracker (1892), (see Alexander Poznansky's Tchaikovsky's Last Days: A Documentary Study )

  218. Tewksbury, Mark (1968 - ) Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer, co-founder of OATH, the new athlete-centered Olympic lobbying group, and author of Visions of Excellence: The Art of Achieving your Dreams.

  219. Thomas, Martha Carey (1857 - 1935), American educator, longtime president of Bryn Mawr who fought for the all-female college environment (see The Power and Passion of M. Carey Thomas (Women in American History) )

  220. Tilden, Bill (1893 - 1953), American tennis star who won 7 U.S. Championships (1920 - 1929), three Wimbledon crowns, with a match record of 907 - 62, eventually banned from most courts when he was found to be gay (see Deford Frank's, Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy)

  221. Tipton, Billy (1904 - 1989), jazz musician and entertainer, born a woman, lived adult life as a man, marrying 5 women, adopting 3 children...outed at his death by the doctor. (see Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton)

  222. Toklas, Alice B. (1877 - 1967) American - born French writer, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is actually by her partner, Gertrude Stein (see Stein above)

  223. Tomlin, Lily (1939 - ), American actor and comedian, known for her work on "Laugh - In" (1969 - 1973), 3 time Emmy winner, 2 time Tony Award winner, outspoken advocate of feminist causes and gay rights, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985)

  224. Turing, Alan (1912 - 1954), British mathematician who laid the foundations for computer science (see Alan Turing: The Enigma)

  225. Valentino, Rudolph (1895 - 1926) Italian - born American silent film star, The Sheik (1921)

  226. Veatch, Daniel H. (1965 - ) American Olympic swimmer, first Masters swimmer to break the 6,000-yard barrier in the One Hour Swim, swims for Univ. of San Francisco Masters. (web story)

  227. Verlaine, Paul (1844 - 1896), French symbolist poet, Long Ago and Not So Long Ago (1884) (see One Hundred and One Poems by Paul Verlaine )

  228. Versace, Gianni (1946 - 1997), Italian fashion designer, theatrical costume designer, Gianni Versace: Fashion's Last Emperor

  229. Waddell, Dr. Tom (1937 - 1987), American Olympics decathlete and Gay Games track and field athlete, founder of the Gay Games (1982) (see Gay Olympian: The Life and Death of Dr Tom Waddell)

  230. Warhol, Andy (1928 - 1987), American artist, created Pop Art Movement, (see Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1987)

  231. Patricia Nell Warren, (1936 - ) American author of several books with gay themes--including the most popular gay love story, The Front Runner (1974)--and a long distance runner. (website)

  232. We'wha, (1849 - 1896), Zuni berdache

  233. Whitman, Walt (1819 - 1892), American Romantic poet, Leaves of Grass (1855) (see Jonathan Ned Katz' Love Stories)

  234. Wilde, Oscar (1854 - 1900), British aesthete, poet, playwright, essayist, The Importance of Being Ernest (see Collins Complete Works of Oscar Wilde), (subject of film, Wilde - Special Edition)

  235. Wilder, Thornton (1897 - 1975) American playwright and author, Pulitzer Prize for Novel, 1928, and Drama, 1938, 1943, Our Town (1937)

  236. Williams, Tennessee (1911 - 1983), American playwright and author, winner Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1948, 1955, The Glass Menagerie (see The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams )

  237. Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759 - 1797) British women's rights activist, mother of Mary Shelley

  238. Woolf, Virginia (1882 - 1941), British author, Orlando (1928)

  239. Zamora, Pedro (1972 - 1994), American openly gay Latino star of MTV's "Real World," AIDS activist, gave a face to AIDS for many MTV fans. Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What. I Learned (2000)

  240. Zeffirelli, Franco (1923 - ), Italian stage and film director, costume designer, author, directed several operas, and made two popular Shakespeare films, Romeo & Juliet (1968) and The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

  241. Wowereit, Klaus (1953 - ), the first openly gay mayor of a German metropolis, Berlin (2001)

 

List of works consulted:
Related books on Amazon.com:

Links:

Compiled by David Claudon, 19 June 2002. Last update, 28 August 2002.