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From Alexander the Great to Neil Patrick Harris, this gay celebrities list has all the most famous gay men throughout history, with photos included. Over 1800 gay dudes and counting! These historically famous gay men have either been confirmed as homosexuals or there is strong evidence that they were/are gay. These famous gay people come from countless different times in human history, and this list includes gay actors, famous gay celebrities, and famous gay people in history.

Who are famous gay men? Famous homosexuals in history included in this list are the painter of the Sistine Chapel and the dad from the Brady Bunch - yes, we gays are a diverse bunch! This list of gay celebrities starts with the earliest gay historic figures, but you can sort by any column.

Which famous men in history are gay? This many people can't be wrong, maybe straight men should explore homosexuality. If you want more lists about famous homosexuals, check out this list of famous gay authors.
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Epaminondas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Epaminondas Died at 48 (409 BC-361 BC) Epaminondas, was a Theban general and statesman of the 4th century BC who transformed the Ancient Greek city-state of Thebes, leading it out of Spartan subjugation into a preeminent position in Greek politics. In the process he broke Spartan ...more

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alexander the Great Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC) Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne at the age ...more

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Hadrian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Hadrian Died at 62 (76-138) Hadrian was Roman emperor from 117 to 138. He rebuilt the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. He is also known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Britannia. Hadrian was regarded by some as a ...more

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Antinous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Antinous Died at 19 (111-130) Antinous was a Bithynian Greek youth and a favourite, or lover, of the Roman emperor Hadrian. He was deified after his death, being worshiped in both the Greek East and Latin West, sometimes as a god and sometimes merely as a deified mortal. ...more

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Leonardo da Vinci Died at 67 (1452-1519) Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest ...more

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Michelangelo Died at 89 (1475-1564) Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. ...more

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Pietro Aretino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Pietro Aretino Died at 64 (1492-1556) Pietro Aretino was an Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist, and blackmailer, who wielded immense influence on contemporary art and politics and invented modern literate pornography.

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Dominique Phinot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dominique Phinot Died at 46 (1510-1556) Dominique Phinot was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, active in Italy and southern France. He was highly regarded at the time for his motets, which anticipate the style of Palestrina, and in addition he was an early pioneer of ...more

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Cyrano de Bergerac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Cyrano de Bergerac Died at 36 (1619-1655) Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac was a French novelist, playright, epistolarian and duelist. A bold and innovative author, his work was part of the libertine literature of the first half of the seventeenth century. Today he is best known as the ...more

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Richard Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Richard Cromwell Died at 86 (1626-1712) Robert Cromwell is the son of Oliver Cromwell.

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Jean-Baptiste Lully is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Jean-Baptiste Lully Died at 55 (1632-1687) Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and dancer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He is considered the chief master of the French baroque style. Lully disavowed any ...more

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John Partridge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
John Partridge Died at 70 (1644-1714) John Partridge was an English astrologer. He was also the author and publisher of a number of astrological almanacs and books.

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Johann Joachim Winckelmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Johann Joachim Winckelmann Died at 51 (1717-1768) Johann Joachim Winckelmann was a German art historian and archaeologist. He was a pioneering Hellenist who first articulated the difference between Greek, Greco-Roman and Roman art. "The prophet and founding hero of modern ...more

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Giacomo Casanova is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Giacomo Casanova Died at 73 (1725-1798) Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th ...more

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George Rose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
George Rose Died at 74 (1744-1818) George Rose was a British politician.

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Percy Jocelyn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Percy Jocelyn Died at 79 (1764-1843) Percy Jocelyn was Anglican Bishop of Clogher in the Church of Ireland from 1820 to 1822. He was forced from his position due to claims of homosexual practices, which were outlawed under the Buggery Act 1533. ...more

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James Ivory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
James Ivory Died at 77 (1765-1842) Sir James Ivory was a Scottish mathematician. Ivory was born in Dundee, son of James Ivory the renowned clock maker, and attended Dundee Grammar School. In 1779 he entered the University of St Andrews, distinguishing himself especially in ...more

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Alexander Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alexander Wilson Died at 47 (1766-1813) Alexander Wilson was a Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator. Identified by George Ord as the "Father of American Ornithology," Wilson is now regarded as the greatest American ornithologist before Audubon. ...more

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Ralph Waldo Emerson Died at 79 (1803-1882) Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and ...more

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John Laird is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
John Laird Died at 69 (1805-1874) John Laird was a Scottish shipbuilder and key figure in the development of the town of Birkenhead. He was the elder brother of Macgregor Laird. He was one of the first to use iron in the construction of ships. ...more

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William Haines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
William Haines Died at 56 (1810-1866) Dr William Clark Haines, Australian colonial politician, was the first Premier of Victoria. Haines was born in London, the son of John Haines, a physician. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated ...more

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Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Walt Whitman Died at 73 (1819-1892) Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets ...more

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Karl Heinrich Ulrichs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Died at 70 (1825-1895) Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a German writer who is seen today as the pioneer of the modern gay rights movement.

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Samuel Butler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Samuel Butler Died at 67 (1835-1902) Samuel Butler was an iconoclastic Victorian-era English author who published a variety of works. Two of his most famous pieces are the Utopian satire Erewhon and a semi-autobiographical novel published posthumously, The Way of All Flesh. He is ...more

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Oscar Browning is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Oscar Browning Died at 86 (1837-1923) Oscar Browning was an English writer, historian, and educational reformer. His greatest achievement was the cofounding, along with Henry Sidgwick, of the Cambridge University Day Training College in 1891. This was one of the earliest ...more

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Walter Pater is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Walter Pater Died at 55 (1839-1894) Walter Horatio Pater was an English essayist, literary and art critic, and writer of fiction.

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Aleksey Apukhtin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Aleksey Apukhtin Died at 53 (1840-1893) Aleksey Nikolayevich Apukhtin was a Russian poet, writer and critic.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, often anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy. Some of ...more

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Simeon Solomon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Simeon Solomon Died at 65 (1840-1905) Simeon Solomon was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter.

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Edward Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Edward Carpenter Died at 85 (1844-1929) Edward Carpenter was an English socialist poet, philosopher, anthologist, and early LGBT activist. A leading figure in late 19th- and early 20th-century Britain, he was instrumental in the foundation of the Fabian Society and the Labour Party. ...more

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Paul Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Paul Verlaine Died at 52 (1844-1896) Paul-Marie Verlaine was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry.

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Vladimir Lamsdorf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Vladimir Lamsdorf Died at 62 (1845-1907) Count Vladimir Nikolayevich Lamsdorf was a Russian statesman of Baltic German descent who served as Foreign Minister of the Russian Empire from 1900 – 1906, a crucial period which included the Russo-Japanese War and the Russian Revolution of ...more

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Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 66 (1850-1916) Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian dramatist, opera librettist and translator.

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Lord Arthur Somerset is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Lord Arthur Somerset Died at 75 (1851-1926) Major Lord Henry Arthur George Somerset DL was the third son of the 8th Duke of Beaufort and his wife, the former Lady Georgiana Curzon. He was head of the stables of the future King Edward VII and a Major in the Royal Horse Guards. He was ...more

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Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Arthur Rimbaud Died at 37 (1854-1891) Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet born in Charleville, Ardennes. He influenced modern literature and arts, inspired various musicians, and prefigured surrealism. He started writing poems at a very young age, while still in primary ...more

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Oscar Wilde Died at 46 (1854-1900) Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his ...more

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Christian Wilhelm Allers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Christian Wilhelm Allers Died at 58 (1857-1915) Christian Wilhelm Allers was a German painter and printmaker.

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Herman Bang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Herman Bang Died at 55 (1857-1912) Herman Joachim Bang was a Danish author, one of the men of the Modern Breakthrough.

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Eric Stenbock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Eric Stenbock Died at 35 (1860-1895) Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock was a Baltic Swedish poet and writer of macabre fantastic fiction.

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Henry Scott Tuke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Henry Scott Tuke Died at 71 (1858-1929) Henry Scott Tuke, RA RWS, was an English visual artist; primarily a painter, but also a photographer. His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men. He was born ...more

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A. E. Housman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
A. E. Housman Died at 77 (1859-1936) Alfred Edward Housman, usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems wistfully evoke the ...more

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Edwin Emmanuel Bradford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Edwin Emmanuel Bradford Died at 84 (1860-1944) The Reverend Edwin Emmanuel Bradford was an English clergyman and Uranian poet and novelist. He attended Exeter College, Oxford, received his B.A. in 1884, and was awarded a D.D. He was vicar of Nordelph, Downham Market, Norfolk, from 1909 to ...more

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Frederick Rolfe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Frederick Rolfe Died at 53 (1860-1913) Frederick William Rolfe, better known as Baron Corvo, and also calling himself 'Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe', was an English writer, artist, photographer and eccentric.

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Ferdinand I of Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Ferdinand I of Bulgaria Died at 87 (1861-1948) Ferdinand I, born Ferdinand Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was the ruler of Bulgaria from 1887 to 1918, first as knyaz and later as tsar. He was also an author, botanist, entomologist and philatelist. ...more

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Constantine P. Cavafy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Constantine P. Cavafy Died at 70 (1863-1933) Constantine P. Cavafy was an ethnic Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. His most important poetry was written after his ...more

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Elihu Vedder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Elihu Vedder Died at 87 (1836-1923) Elihu Vedder was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, and poet, born in New York City. He is best known for his fifty-five illustrations for Edward FitzGerald's translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. ...more

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Charles Haslewood Shannon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Charles Haslewood Shannon Died at 74 (1863-1937) Charles Haslewood Shannon RA, English artist, was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, the son of the Rev. Frederick William Shannon, Rector of Quarrington, and Catherine Emma Manthorp, the daughter of a surgeon, Daniel Levett Manthorp. ...more

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Laurence Housman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Laurence Housman Died at 94 (1865-1959) Laurence Housman was an English playwright, writer and illustrator.

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Winnaretta Singer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Winnaretta Singer Died at 78 (1865-1943) Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac was a musical patron and heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. Born in America, she lived most of her adult life in France.

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Charles Ricketts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Charles Ricketts Died at 65 (1866-1931) Charles de Sousy Ricketts was a versatile English artist, illustrator, author and printer, and is best known for his work as book designer and typographer from 1896 to 1904 with the Vale Press, and his work in the theatre as a set and costume ...more