LGBTQ+ Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

Famous Gay and Lesbian
6.2M views 1.798 items

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.
list ordered by

Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 71
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more

Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 45
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

Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 59
Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast ...more

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 79
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn ...more

George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 55
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, widely known by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to superstardom during the ...more

Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 53
Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial ...more

Perez Hilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 40
Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr., known professionally as Perez Hilton, is an American blogger, columnist and television personality. His blog, PerezHilton.com, is known for posts covering gossip ...more

Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 61
Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months ...more

George Takei is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 81
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

Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. 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 ...more

Boy George is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 57
Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, ...more

Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal who committed unspeakable acts between 1978 and 1991. Diagnosed by psychiatrists as suffering from a borderline personality disorder, ...more

Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 47
Enrique Martín Morales, commonly known as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. Martin began his career at age twelve with the all-boy pop group Menudo. After five ...more

Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 37
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

Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. 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 ...more

Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. 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

Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 54
Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of ...more

Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. 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

John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 51
John Scot Barrowman, MBE, is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, presenter and writer who holds both British and American citizenship. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he emigrated to the ...more

Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. 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 ...more

Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 59
John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their ...more

Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 39
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

Jeffree Star is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
age 32
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

Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History
Dec. at 42 (1912-1954)
Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He ...more