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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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John Gambril Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
John Gambril Nicholson Died at 65 (1866-1931) John Gambrill Nicholson was an English school teacher, Uranian poet, and an amateur photographer. He was the quintessential Uranian, forming the center of that semi-underground world, and ...more

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Lionel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Lionel Johnson Died at 35 (1867-1902) Lionel Pigot Johnson was an English poet, essayist and critic. He was born at Broadstairs, and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, graduating in 1890. He became a Catholic ...more

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Magnus Hirschfeld is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Magnus Hirschfeld Died at 67 (1868-1935) Magnus Hirschfeld was a German physician and sexologist. An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, an organization that Dustin Goltz ...more

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Mwanga II of Buganda is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Mwanga II of Buganda Died at 35 (1868-1903) Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa was Kabaka of Buganda from 1884 until 1888 and from 1889 until 1897. He was the thirty-first Kabaka of Buganda.

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Stefan George is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Stefan George Died at 65 (1868-1933) Stefan Anton George was a German poet, editor, and translator.

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André Gide is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
André Gide Died at 82 (1869-1951) André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947 "for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings, in which human ...more

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Konstantin Somov is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Konstantin Somov Died at 70 (1869-1939) Konstantin Andreyevich Somov was a Russian artist associated with the Mir iskusstva. Born into a family of a major art historian and Hermitage Museum curator Andrey Ivanovich Somov, he became ...more

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Siegfried Wagner is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Siegfried Wagner Died at 61 (1869-1930) Siegfried Wagner was a German composer and conductor, the son of Richard Wagner. He was an opera composer and the artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival from 1908 to 1930.

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Lord Alfred Douglas is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Lord Alfred Douglas Died at 75 (1870-1945) Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, nicknamed Bosie, was an English author, poet and translator, better known as the friend and lover of writer Oscar Wilde. Much of his early poetry was Uranian in theme, ...more

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Hanns Heinz Ewers is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Hanns Heinz Ewers Died at 72 (1871-1943) Hanns Heinz Ewers was a German actor, poet, philosopher, and writer of short stories and novels. While he wrote on a wide range of subjects, he is now known mainly for his works of horror, ...more

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Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Marcel Proust Died at 51 (1871-1922) Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts ...more

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Georgy Chicherin is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Georgy Chicherin Died at 64 (1872-1936) Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin was a Marxist revolutionary and a Soviet politician. He served as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs in the Soviet government from March 1918 to 1930.

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Mikhail Kuzmin is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Mikhail Kuzmin Died at 64 (1872-1936) Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin was a Russian poet, musician and novelist, a prominent contributor to the Silver Age of Russian Poetry.

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Sergei Diaghilev is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Sergei Diaghilev Died at 57 (1872-1929) Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, usually referred to outside of Russia as Serge, was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, from which many famous dancers ...more

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Alfred Jarry is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alfred Jarry Died at 34 (1873-1907) Alfred Jarry was a French symbolist writer known for coining the term and philosophical concept of 'pataphysics. Born in Laval, Mayenne, France, his mother was from Brittany. In his lifetime, ...more

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Adolf Brand is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Adolf Brand Died at 71 (1874-1945) Adolf Brand was a German writer, individualist anarchist, and pioneering campaigner for the acceptance of male bisexuality and homosexuality.

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Reynaldo Hahn is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Reynaldo Hahn Died at 73 (1874-1947) Reynaldo Hahn was a Venezuelan, naturalised French, composer, conductor, music critic, diarist, theatre director, and salon singer. Best known as a composer of songs, he wrote in the French ...more

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Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Aleister Crowley Died at 72 (1875-1947) Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley was a British occultist, writer and mystic. He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central ...more

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Forrest Reid is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Forrest Reid Died at 72 (1875-1947) Forrest Reid was an Irish novelist, literary critic and translator. He was, along with Hugh Walpole and J.M. Barrie, a leading pre-war British novelist of boyhood. He is still acclaimed as the ...more

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Max Jacob is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Max Jacob Died at 68 (1876-1944) Max Jacob was a French poet, painter, writer, and critic.

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G. H. Hardy is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
G. H. Hardy Died at 70 (1877-1947) Godfrey Harold Hardy FRS was an English mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis. He is usually known by those outside the field of mathematics for ...more

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Marsden Hartley is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Marsden Hartley Died at 66 (1877-1943) Marsden Hartley was an American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist.

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Roger Quilter is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Roger Quilter Died at 76 (1877-1953) Roger Cuthbert Quilter was an English composer, known particularly for his songs.

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E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
E. M. Forster Died at 91 (1879-1970) Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and ...more

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Fritz Haarmann is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Fritz Haarmann Died at 46 (1879-1925) Friedrich Heinrich Karl "Fritz" Haarmann was a German serial killer, known as the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, who committed the sexual assault, murder, mutilation ...more

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J. Warren Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
J. Warren Kerrigan Died at 68 (1879-1947) J. Warren Kerrigan is an actor

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Carl Van Vechten is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Carl Van Vechten Died at 84 (1880-1964) Carl Van Vechten was an American writer and artistic photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.

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Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen Died at 43 (1880-1923) Baron Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen was a French novelist and poet. His life forms the basis of a fictionalised biography by Roger Peyrefitte. In 1903 a scandal involving school pupils made ...more

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Lytton Strachey is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Lytton Strachey Died at 52 (1880-1932) Giles Lytton Strachey was a British writer and critic. A founding member of the Bloomsbury Group and author of Eminent Victorians, he is best known for establishing a new form of biography in ...more

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Karol Szymanowski is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Karol Szymanowski Died at 55 (1882-1937) Karol Maciej Szymanowski was a Polish composer and pianist, the most celebrated Polish composer of the early 20th century. He is considered a member of the late 19th-/early 20th-century ...more

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Percy Grainger is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Percy Grainger Died at 79 (1882-1961) Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk ...more

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Roland Gwynne is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Roland Gwynne Died at 89 (1882-1971) Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Roland Vaughan Gwynne, DSO, DL, JP was Mayor of Eastbourne, Sussex, from 1928 to 1931. He was also a patient and close friend of the suspected serial killer Dr John Bodkin ...more

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Abel Bonnard is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Abel Bonnard Died at 85 (1883-1968) Abel Bonnard was a French poet, novelist and politician.

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Edmund John is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Edmund John Died at 34 (1883-1917) Edmund John was a British poet of the Uranian school. His verses were modeled on the Symbolist poetry of Swinburne and other earlier poets. Much of his work was condemned by critics for being ...more

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John Maynard Keynes is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
John Maynard Keynes Died at 63 (1883-1946) John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA, was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic ...more

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Charles Tomlinson Griffes is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Charles Tomlinson Griffes Died at 36 (1884-1920) Charles Tomlinson Griffes was an American composer for piano, chamber ensembles and voice. His surname is properly pronounced GRIFF-iss, though it is sometimes mispronounced in the French manner ...more

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Hugh Walpole is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Hugh Walpole Died at 57 (1884-1941) Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him ...more

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Alain LeRoy Locke is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Alain LeRoy Locke Died at 68 (1886-1954) Alain Leroy Locke was an American writer, philosopher, educator, and patron of the arts. Distinguished as the first African American Rhodes Scholar in 1907, Locke was the philosophical architect ...more

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William Alexander Percy is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
William Alexander Percy Died at 57 (1885-1942) William Alexander Percy, was a lawyer, planter, and poet from Greenville, Mississippi. His autobiography Lanterns on the Levee became a bestseller. His father LeRoy Percy was the last United ...more

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Harold Nicolson is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Harold Nicolson Died at 82 (1886-1968) Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG was an English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. He was the husband of writer Vita Sackville-West.

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Siegfried Sassoon is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Siegfried Sassoon Died at 81 (1886-1967) Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE, MC was an English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry ...more

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Nikolai Klyuev is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Nikolai Klyuev Died at 53 (1884-1937) Nikolai Alekseevich Klyuev Russian: Николай Алексеевич Клюев, was a notable Russian poet. He was influenced by the symbolist movement, intense nationalism, and a love of Russian folklore. Born ...more

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Rupert Brooke is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Rupert Brooke Died at 28 (1887-1915) Rupert Chawner Brooke was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good ...more

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Marcel Jouhandeau is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Marcel Jouhandeau Died at 91 (1888-1979) Marcel Jouhandeau was a French writer.

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Monty Woolley is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Monty Woolley Died at 75 (1888-1963) Monty Woolley was an American stage, film, radio, and television actor. At the age of 50, he achieved a measure of stardom for his best-known role in the stage play and 1942 film The Man Who ...more

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Napoleon Lapathiotis is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Napoleon Lapathiotis Died at 56 (1888-1944) Napoleon Lapathiotis was a Greek poet. A native of Athens, he began writing and publishing poetry when he was eleven. In 1907, along with others, he established the Igiso magazine, in which he ...more

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Vaslav Nijinsky is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Vaslav Nijinsky Died at 60 (1890-1950) Vaslav Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent, cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. He was celebrated for his virtuosity and for the ...more

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Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Claude McKay Died at 59 (1889-1948) Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won ...more

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Clifton Webb is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Clifton Webb Died at 77 (1889-1966) Clifton Webb was an American actor, dancer, and singer known for his Oscar-nominated roles in such films as Laura, The Razor's Edge, and Sitting Pretty. In the theatrical world he was known for ...more

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James Whale is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
James Whale Died at 68 (1889-1957) James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man and Bride of ...more