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A directory of famous gay Americans. These notable American homosexuals are either from the United States or claim us citizenship. These famous USA born homosexuals are notable for various reasons, whether they were or are homosexual entertainers, singers, inventors or even composers.

Famous American gay people include noted pianist and performer Liberace and actress & comedienne Rosie O'Donnell. You can sort this list by column, including name, birth year, and birthplace. You can also use this list of notable gay Americans to start your own people list.

Who are famous gay Americans? There are quite a few, especially in this day and age when homosexuality is normal, and accepted. These famous gays are icons so you should see some famous faces on this list.

Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Ellen DeGeneres age 60 - Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Jodie Foster age 55 - Alicia Christian Foster, known professionally as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of three, and her first ...more

Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Rosie O'Donnell age 56 - Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights ...more

Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Neil Patrick Harris age 44 - Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, magician, singer, and television host. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How ...more

Miss Coco Peru is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Miss Coco Peru Miss Coco Peru is the drag persona of American actor, comedian and drag performer Clinton Leupp, known for her role in the 1999 independent film Trick and for her series of live theater ...more

James Dean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gay Americans
James Dean Died at 24 (1931-1955) - James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in ...more

Perez Hilton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Perez Hilton age 40 - Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr., known professionally as Perez Hilton, is an American blogger, columnist and television personality. His blog,, is known for posts covering gossip ...more

George Takei is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gay Americans
George Takei age 80 - George Hosato Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist, probably most widely known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star ...more

Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Jeffrey Dahmer Died at 34 (1960-1994) - Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys between ...more

Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Jane Lynch age 57 - Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show. Lynch's television cameos include an ...more

Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Adam Lambert age 36 - Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter, and stage actor. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in San Diego, California, he performed in amateur theatrical productions as a ...more

Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Wanda Sykes age 54 - Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of ...more

Rachel Maddow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Rachel Maddow age 45 - Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television host, political commentator, and author. She hosts a nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC. Her syndicated talk radio program of ...more

Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Lily Tomlin age 78 - Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a ...more

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Andy Warhol Died at 59 (1928-1987) - Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more

Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Rock Hudson Died at 60 (1925-1985) - Rock Hudson was an American actor. Hudson is generally known for his turns as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s. He achieved stardom with dramatic roles in films such as Magnificent Obsession ...more

Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Martina Navratilova age 61 - Martina Navratilova is a retired Czech and American tennis player and coach. Billie Jean King, former World No. 1 player, said in 2006 that Navratilova is "the greatest singles, doubles and ...more

Sarah Paulson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Sarah Paulson age 43 - Sarah Catherine Paulson is an American film, stage, and television actress. She began acting on stage, and in the 1990s starred in American Gothic, and Jack & Jill. She later appeared in ...more

Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Lance Bass age 38 - James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band ...more

William S. Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gay Americans
William S. Burroughs Died at 83 (1914-1997) - William Seward Burroughs II was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, ...more

Jeffree Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Jeffree Star age 31 - Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger; November 15, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter, make-up artist, fashion designer and model from Orange County, California. He started his music ...more

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Kelly McGillis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Kelly McGillis age 60 - Kelly Ann McGillis is an American actress. She found fame for her roles in several films throughout the 1980s including her roles as Rachel Lapp in Witness for which she received Golden Globe ...more

Sara Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Sara Gilbert age 43 - Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, as co-host and creator of the daytime talk show The Talk and for her ...more

David Hyde Pierce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gay Americans
David Hyde Pierce age 59 - David Hyde Pierce is an American actor and comedian. Pierce is known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the hit NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Emmy Awards during the ...more

Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Clay Aiken age 39 - Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North ...more

Divine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Divine Died at 43 (1945-1988) - Harris Glenn Milstead, also known by his stage name Divine, was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Associated with independent filmmaker John Waters, he was a character actor, usually ...more

Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Nathan Lane age 62 - Nathan Lane is an American actor and writer. He is known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys ...more

Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Barney Frank age 78 - Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he ...more

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Richard Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Richard Chamberlain age 84 - George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare. Since then, he has appeared in several ...more

Tom Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Tom Ford age 56 - Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of Gucci and the creation of the Tom Ford label before ...more

Harvey Milk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Harvey Milk Died at 48 (1930-1978) - Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. ...more

Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Melissa Etheridge age 56 - Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more

Meredith Baxter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Meredith Baxter age 70 - Meredith Ann Baxter is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her acting roles including three television series: Family, an ABC television-network drama, Family Ties, an NBC ...more

Liberace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Liberace Died at 68 (1919-1987) - Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and entertainer. A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace's career ...more

John Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Gay Americans
John Waters age 71 - John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his ...more

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Dean Corll is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Dean Corll Died at 34 (1939-1973) - Dean Arnold Corll was an American serial killer who abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered a minimum of 28 boys in a series of killings spanning from 1970 to 1973 in Houston, Texas. The crimes, ...more

Andy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Andy Cohen age 49 - Andrew Cohen is a television and film producer.

Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Greg Louganis age 58 - Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only ...more

Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Truman Capote Died at 60 (1924-1984) - Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary ...more

Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Allen Ginsberg Died at 71 (1926-1997) - Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, ...more

Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Cole Porter Died at 73 (1891-1964) - Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. ...more

Stephen Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Stephen Sondheim age 88 - Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including ...more

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Beth Ditto is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Beth Ditto age 37 - Mary Beth Patterson, known by her stage name Beth Ditto, is an American singer-songwriter, most notable for her work with the indie rock band Gossip and whose voice has been compared to Etta ...more

Ami Cusack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Ami Cusack age 45 - Ami Cusack is a model and barista who was a contestant on Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia. She is the former Charitable Director of Experimental and Applied Sciences. Cusack posed for ...more

Robert Patrick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Robert Patrick age 59 - Robert Hammond Patrick, Jr. is an American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayals of villainous characters. He is a Saturn Award winner with four nominations. Patrick dropped out of ...more

Nancy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Nancy Wilson age 64 - Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She and her older sister Ann are the core of the rock band Heart.

Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Harvey Fierstein age 63 - Harvey Forbes Fierstein is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy and the Tony Award for ...more

Chris Kanyon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Chris Kanyon Died at 40 (1970-2010) - Christopher Klucsarits was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation under the ring names Chris Kanyon ...more

Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Gay Americans
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 ...more

Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Gay Americans
Johnny Mathis age 82 - John Royce "Johnny" Mathis is an American singer of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen ...more