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Famous Bisexual Men and Women Born in the 1800s

Updated January 29, 2020 31.4k views36 items

Here is a list of bisexuals born in the 1800s. The people on this list have identified themselves as being bisexual and were born in the 19th century. You will recognize familiar names like writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Virginia Woolf and Aleister Crowley. Feel free to use this list as the foundation for your own list of famous bisexuals. These famous bisexusals had to conceal their sexuality since during that time, gays and lesbians had a tough time finding acceptance by culture.

So who are famous bixsexual men and women born in the 1800s? This list will answer that question and you will some famous people on this list.
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  • Virginia Woolf

    Dec. at 59 (1882-1941)
    Adeline Virginia Woolf (; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English...  more
  • Aleister Crowley

    Dec. at 72 (1875-1947)
    Aleister Crowley (; born Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an...  more
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Dec. at 79 (1803-1882)
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer,...  more
  • Alfred Kinsey

    Dec. at 62 (1894-1956)
    Alfred Charles Kinsey (; June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor...  more
  • Isadora Duncan

    Dec. at 50 (1877-1927)
    Angela Isadora Duncan (May 26, 1877 or May 27, 1878 – September 14, 1927) was an American and...  more
  • Francis Poulenc

    Dec. at 64 (1899-1963)
    Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (French: [fʁɑ̃sis ʒɑ̃ maʁsɛl pulɛ̃k]; 7 January 1899 – 30 January...  more
  • Bessie Smith

    Dec. at 43 (1894-1937)
    Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the...  more
  • Vaslav Nijinsky

    Dec. at 60 (1890-1950)
    Vaslav (or Vatslav) Nijinsky (; Russian: Ва́цлав Фоми́ч Нижи́нский, tr. Václav Fomíč...  more
  • Rupert Brooke

    Dec. at 28 (1887-1915)
    Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915) was an English poet known for his...  more
  • Ethel Waters

    Dec. at 81 (1896-1977)
    Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American singer and actress. Waters...  more
  • Claude McKay

    Dec. at 59 (1889-1948)
    Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and...  more
  • Ma Rainey

    Dec. at 53 (1886-1939)
    "Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett, September 1882 or April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was...  more
  • Ferdinand I of Bulgaria

    Dec. at 87 (1861-1948)
    Ferdinand I (Bulgarian: Фердинанд I; 26 February 1861 – 10 September 1948), born Ferdinand...  more
  • Alla Nazimova

    Dec. at 66 (1879-1945)
    Alla Nazimova (Russian: Алла Назимова, born Marem-Ides Leventon; June 3 [O.S. May 22] , 1879 –...  more
  • Harold Nicolson

    Dec. at 82 (1886-1968)
    Sir Harold George Nicolson, (21 November 1886 – 1 May 1968), was a British diplomat, author,...  more
  • Constantine P. Cavafy

    Dec. at 70 (1863-1933)
    Constantine Peter Cavafy (; also known as Konstantin or Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis; Greek:...  more
  • Lord Alfred Douglas

    Dec. at 75 (1870-1945)
    Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (22 October 1870 – 20 March 1945) was a British poet and journalist...  more
  • Spring Byington

    Dec. at 85 (1886-1971)
    Spring Dell Byington (October 17, 1886 – September 7, 1971) was an American actress. Her...  more
  • Louis Aragon

    Dec. at 85 (1897-1982)
    Louis Aragon (French: [lwi aʁaɡɔ̃], pronunciation , 3 October 1897 – 24 December 1982) was a...  more
  • Adolf Brand

    Dec. at 71 (1874-1945)
    Adolf Brand (14 November 1874 – 2 February 1945) was a German writer, egoist anarchist, and...  more
  • William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp

    Dec. at 66 (1872-1938)
    William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp, (20 February 1872 – 14 November 1938), styled Viscount...  more
  • Alice Dunbar Nelson

    Dec. at 60 (1875-1935)
    Alice Dunbar Nelson (July 19, 1875 – September 18, 1935) was an American poet, journalist, and...  more
  • Djuna Barnes

    Dec. at 90 (1892-1982)
    Djuna Barnes (, June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) was an American artist, illustrator,...  more
  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

    Dec. at 74 (1890-1964)
    Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (August 7, 1890 – September 5, 1964) was a labor leader, activist, and...  more
  • Alberta Hunter

    Dec. at 89 (1895-1984)
    Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) was an American jazz singer and songwriter...  more