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Colin Higgins

Colin Higgins was an Australian-American screenwriter, actor, director and producer. He is best known for writing the screenplay for Harold and Maude and Silver Streak, and for directing Foul Play and 9 to 5. Higgins was born in Noumea, New Caled ...

                                               

J. Edgar Hoover

John Edgar Hoover was an American politician. He was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. He was chosen as director of the Bureau of Investigation because he helped start it. He was the director until hi ...

                                               

Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson was an American movie and television actor. He is famous for his good looks and remembered as a romantic star during the 1950s and 1960s, especially several movies where he starred with actress Doris Day. Hudson was voted Star of the ...

                                               

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright and short story writer. Hughes was one of the writers and artists whose work was called the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes grew up as a poor boy from Missouri, the descendant of African peopl ...

                                               

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood was a British-American novelist and playwright. He also wrote plays such as The Dog Beneath the Skin 1935, The Ascent of F6 1936, On the Frontier 1939, The Berlin Stories 1945. Isherwood was born on 26 Augus ...

                                               

Frank Kameny

In 1957, Kameny was fired from his position as an astronomer in the U.S. Armys Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. because of his homosexuality. This helped him to begin "a Herculean struggle with the American establishment" that would help a ri ...

                                               

Randall Kenan

Randall Kenan was an American author. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. His works focused around what it means to be black and gay in the southern United States. Some of Kenans most notable works include the collection of short stories Let the D ...

                                               

Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian was an American poet, author, editor and playwright. Killian, who was openly gay, wrote mostly LGBT literature. My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, which he co-edited with Peter Gizzi, won the American ...

                                               

Jack Larson

Jack Edward Larson was an American actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his role as Jimmy Olsen in the television series Adventures of Superman. He also appeared in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and La ...

                                               

Mark Leduc

Leduc began his training in the East End of Toronto. His parents divorced when he was 15 and he had to live on the streets. Leduc was arrested for robbing a jewellery store at gunpoint and he was sentenced to spend six years at the Collins Bay Pe ...

                                               

Dick Leitsch

Richard Joseph Leitsch, also known as Richard Valentine Leitsch and more commonly Dick Leitsch, was an American LGBT rights activist. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was president of gay rights group the Mattachine Society in the 1960s. H ...

                                               

Liberace

Wladziu Valentino Liberace, best known as Liberace, was an American pianist and vocalist of Polish-Italian origin. Liberaces career lasted four decades. It included concerts, recordings, movies, television and endorsements. During the 1950s–1970s ...

                                               

Kermit Love

Kermit Ernest Hollingshead Love was an American puppeteer, costume designer, and actor in childrens television and on Broadway. He was best known for his work on Muppets, mainly ones on Sesame Street. Love started his work when he was young, at f ...

                                               

Bernard Mayes

Anthony Bernard Duncan Mayes was a British-born American broadcaster, university dean and author. He was known for being the founder of Americas first suicide prevention hotline. Mayes was gay and was also known for being a gay rights activist. M ...

                                               

Alec McCowen

Alexander Duncan "Alec" McCowen CBE was an English movie, television, stage, radio, and voice actor who was known for his roles in Frenzy, Gangs of New York, Never Say Never Again, The Age of Innocence, and in Travels with My Aunt. McCowen was bo ...

                                               

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally was an American playwright, librettist and screenwriter. He was award the Tony Award for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class. He also won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman ...

                                               

Alexander McQueen

Lee Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier. His creative and experimental design received a lot of attention in the world of fashion.

                                               

F. W. Murnau

Friedrich Wilhelm "F. W." Murnau was a German movie director. He was one of the most influential directors of the silent movie era. He was born in Bielefeld and attended the University of Heidelberg. He studied art history. He was openly gay. He ...

                                               

Jim Nabors

James Thurston "Jim" Nabors was an American singer, television, and movie actor. He was best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on the TV programs The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Nabors was the host of two programs. They were The Ji ...

                                               

Jack Nichols (activist)

John Richard "Jack" Nichols Jr. was an American gay rights activist. He co-founded the Washington, D.C. branch of the Mattachine Society in 1961 with Frank Kameny. He was born in Washington, D.C. Nichols led the first gay rights march on the Whit ...

                                               

Robert Osborne

Robert Jolin Osborne Jr. was an American movie, stage, voice, television actor and movie historian who was known for hosting the Turner Classic Movies channel from the 1990s until his retirement in early 2016. Osborne was born on May 3, 1932 in C ...

                                               

Pat Patterson

Pierre Clermont was a Canadian professional wrestler. He was better known by the ring name Pat Patterson. He worked as a creative consultant for the WWE. His career highlights were 2 matches against Sgt. Slaughter at Madison Square Garden in 1981 ...

                                               

Peter Pears

Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE was an English tenor and life-long partner of the composer Benjamin Britten. Pears was at school at Lancing College. He then studied music at Keble College, Oxford. He was organist at Hertford College, Oxford but ...

                                               

Dennis Peron

Dennis Peron was an American activist and businessman. He was born in New York City. He was an important figure for the legality of cannabis throughout the 1990s. He influenced many in California and led the political debate on marijuana in the U ...

                                               

Philippe I, Duke of Orleans

Philippe of France, Son of France, Duke of Orleans was the youngest son of Louis XIII of France and his queen consort Anne of Austria. His older brother was the famous Louis XIV, le roi soleil. He was known as Monsieur at his brothers court.

                                               

Cole Porter

Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. He wrote musical comedies like Kiss Me, Kate, Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady and Anything Goes. He also wrote songs like "Night and Day," "I Get a Kick out of You," "Well, D ...

                                               

Billy Preston

Billy Preston was an American R&B musician. He is best known for his piano and organ playing. Preston began playing piano when he was three years old. He worked with many other musicians including Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., Quincy Jone ...

                                               

James Randi

James Randi was a Canadian-American magician and skeptic. He was known for performing ghost magic. He founded the James Randi Educational Foundation. He held two world records in the Guinness World Records. He was influenced by Harry Houdini and ...

                                               

Robert Reed

Robert Reed was an American actor. He is best known for his role as Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch. He also played major roles in The Defenders and Rich Man, Poor Man. He was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards during the 1970s. Reed was bor ...

                                               

Rene Ricard

Albert Napoleon Rene Ricard was an American poet, actor, art critic, and painter. He was born on July 23, 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in Acushnet. At age eighteen, he became a protege of Andy Warhol. He appeared in the Warhol mov ...

                                               

Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rae Rivera was an American gay, transgender and civil rights activist and drag queen. Rivera was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. With her close friend Marsha P. Johnson, Rivera co-founded ...

                                               

Ernst Rohm

Ernst Julius Rohm was a leader and co-founder of the German Sturmabteilung, the Stormtroopers. He also was a member of the German Reichstag, where he was a minister from 1933 to 1934. He was murdered during the Night of the Long Knives, in 1934. ...

                                               

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent was a French fashion designer. Born Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent, in Algeria, he was "one of the greatest figures in French fashion in the 20th century". In 1985, in her book, Couture: the Great Fashion Designers, Car ...

                                               

Jose Sarria

Jose Sarria was an American political activist. For many years, he performed in drag at the Black Cat Bar in San Francisco, California. He ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961, making him the first openly gay candidate for publi ...

                                               

Joel Schumacher

Joel T. Schumacher was an American movie director, writer, screenwriter, and producer. He was known for his movies such as D.C. Cab, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Lost Boys, Falling Down, A Time to Kill, 8mm, Tigerland, and Phone Booth. His ...

                                               

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American writer and illustrator of childrens literature. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are which was released in 1963.

                                               

David Ogden Stiers

David Allen Ogden Stiers was an American actor, director, singer, musician, conductor, voice artist, and comedian. He was most famous for his role as Charles Emerson Winchester III in M*A*S*H. He also provided the voices in several Disney animate ...

                                               

Rip Taylor

Charles Elmer "Rip" Taylor, Jr. was an American movie, television, stage, voice, radio actor, activist, entertainer, and comedian who was known for his roles in Indecent Proposal, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Los ...

                                               

Danny Tidwell

Daniel Arnold Tidwell was an American dancer. He was best known for being the runner-up on Foxs third season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2007. He also performed the works of renowned choreographers, including Debbie Allen, William Forsythe a ...

                                               

Stuart Timmons

Stuart Timmons was an American journalist, activist, and historian. He was an award-winning author specializing in LGBT history. He was the author of The Trouble With Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement and the co-author of Gay L.A.: A ...

                                               

Michael Tippett

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE was an English composer. He is one of the greatest and most original composers of the 20th century. He did not start to study music seriously until he was nearly grown up, and only become famous when he was abou ...

                                               

Alan Turing

Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS was an English mathematician and computer scientist. He was born in Maida Vale, London.

                                               

Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace S.p.A., an international fashion house. The fashion house also produces accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings as well as clothes. Versaci also designed costumes ...

                                               

William Bonin

William George Bonin also known as The Freeway Killer was an American serial killer. He raped, tortured, and killed of at least 21 children and young people in 1979 and 1980 in Southern California. Bonin is also suspected of 15 more murders. Desc ...

                                               

Robert W. Wilson (philanthropist)

Robert Warne Wilson was an American hedge fund manager and philanthropist. He founded Wilson & Associates in 1969 after years of working as a securities analyst. He retired in 1986. By 2000 he was worth an estimated US0 million dollars. Wilson wa ...

                                               

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was an Austrian philosopher. He worked mainly in the basics of logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He is regarded as one of the most important philosophers ...

                                               

Rikard Wolff

Jan Rikard Wolff was a Swedish actor and singer. His career included both movie roles in House of Angels and its two sequels and theatre roles such as in Waiting for Godot at Royal Dramatic Theatre, and A Chorus Line at The Goteborg Opera. He was ...

                                               

Peter Wyngarde

Peter Paul Wyngarde was an English singer, television and movie actor best known for his role as Jason King, a bestselling novelist turned sleuth, in two British television series in the late 1960s and early 1970s: Department S, and Jason King. W ...

                                               

Lil Peep

Gustav Elijah Åhr, better known by his stage name Lil Peep, was a Swedish-American singer and Rapper. His songs "White Wine", "Benz Truck", and "The Way I See Things" have each gained over 4 million views on YouTube. He was born in Long Island, N ...

                                               

Tommy Kono

Tamio "Tommy" Kono was an American weightlifter in the 1950s and 1960s. Kono was the only Olympic weightlifter in history to have set world records in four different weight classes: lightweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight, and middle-heavywe ...