Some Believe the world would be better without gay or homosexuals. But can anyone of you imagine our wolrd without these people? Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

1Leonardo Da vinci

Little is self revealed about Leonardo's sexuality, as, although he left hundreds of pages of writing, very little of it is personal in nature. authors contend that Leonardo was actively homosexual. Serge Bramly states that "the fact that Leonardo warns against lustfulness certainly need not mean that he himself was chaste". David M. Friedman argues that Leonardo's notebooks show a preoccupation with men and with sexuality uninterrupted by the trial and agrees with art historian Kenneth Clark that Leonardo never became sexless Mona Lisa’s iconic smile was based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s probable gay lover, an art historian has claimed.

2Oscar Wilde

Most authors and researchers seem to have already made up their mind on the topic, though. The vast majority says that Wilde was homosexual, and that he was merely repressing his feelings toward men for the sake of marrying Constance and making an attempt at a “normal” family for that era in time. A few researchers claim he was bisexual.

3Montgomery Clift

Many actors were able to sustain the macho image that their screen roles demanded while successfully navigating murky sexual waters. Others were not. While they were able to keep their careers going, their personal lives became tragic, resulting in the psychological damage that often accompanies living a lie. One such actor was Montgomery Clift. Of Clift, producer Arthur Laurents once said, “Monty was miserable. He was tremendously guilt-ridden about his homosexuality.

4Yves Saint-Laurent

Saint Laurent was openly gay. He and his partner Pierre Bergé had an impressive art collection, which was sold by auction at Christie's in Paris, 2009. The proceeds, about 300 million euros, was used to set up a foundation for AIDS research.

5Clifton Webb

Clift’s early career was certainly enviable, even if his life was not. He received a Best Actor Oscar nomination, the first of four nominations, for his first released film Still, maintaining his career while circumventing his sexuality was problematic. Montgomery Clift, Queer Star notes that blackmail attempts were made by those who had seen Clift in gay bars, but such attempts were dealt with by Clift’s lawyers.

6William Shakespeare

The key clues to understanding Shakespeare’s sexuality were in his sonnets, Mr Doran said. Mr Doran, who took over artistic control of the RSC in 2012, said it was “no longer acceptable” that performances should conceal the sexuality of Shakespeare’s gay characters.

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He said: “He wrote a cycle of 154 sonnets, which were published in 1609, and 126 of those sonnets are addressed to a man and not to a woman.” Mr Doran said academics had found “a process of hetereosexualisation of those sonnets during the Victorian period”, where the pronouns in them were changed.

7George Michael

George Michael will be remembered for his work as a prominent gay rights campaigner as well as for his glittering pop career. He came out as gay following his arrest in April 1998 for engaging in “a lewd act” in front of an undercover police officer in Beverly Hills.

8Aaron Copland

Copland was a front-runner in the creation of a distinctly American sound in classical music. In the 1930s and 1940s he composed some of the most instantly recognisable works of the last century, mostly written in his populist open-air manner.Like many of his contemporaries, Copland guarded his privacy, especially in regard to his homosexuality, providing few details about his private life.

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However, unlike many composers of his stature, he lived openly and frequently travelled with a number of his lovers, most of whom were considerably younger artists, photographers and dancers. His love affairs, alas, mostly lasted for only a few years. Many, however, turned into enduring friendships.

9Gianne Versace

Openly gay, Versace and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene. Versace was murdered outside his Miami Beach home at the age of 50. Versace met his partner Antonio D'Amico, a model, in 1982. Their relationship lasted until Versace's murder


For Michelangelo was widely believed to be homosexual and it is true that he showed a preoccupation with the male nude unmatched by any other artist. In the 1530's, he seems to have fallen in love with a beautiful young nobelman, Tommaso Cavalieri, to whom he wrote many love sonnets. Michelangelo insisted that their friendship was Platonic - he believed that a beautiful body was the outward manifestation of a beautiful soul.

11Richard the Lionheart

The first historical piece that we encountered which asserted that Richard the Lionheart was a homosexual. Richard was unwilling to get married and produce an heir. In his early days, he had a very close relationship with Philip Augustus of France.

12Franz Schubert

Schubert is undoubtedly one of the greats, and possibly the finest songwriter that ever lived. Despite suggestions that he was a woman chaser in his youth, many musicologists consider that there is evidence, particularly in the songs, to suggest that he was erotically attracted to men – the accompanist Graham Johnson, for example, is in no doubt.

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