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Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

Updated October 13, 2018 6.5m views1.7k 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.
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  • Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Elton John

    Age: 73

    BirthplacePinner, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

    Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, USA

    Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, producer, and singer. Spacey... more on Wikipedia
  • Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceBurnley, United Kingdom

    Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres... more on Wikipedia
  • George Michael is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceEast Finchley, London, United Kingdom

    George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Andy Dick

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, USA

    Andrew Roane Dick (born Andrew Thomlinson, December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Perez Hilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. (born March 23, 1978), known professionally as Perez Hilton is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh... more on Wikipedia
  • George Takei is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceBoyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    George Hosato Takei (; born Hosato Takei, April 20, 1937) is an American actor, author, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Boy George is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Boy George

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Jeffrey Dahmer

    Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)

    BirthplaceWest Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (; May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee... more on Wikipedia
  • Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceSan Juan, Puerto Rico

    Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known as Ricky Martin is a Puerto... more on Wikipedia
  • Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Adam Mitchel Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. ... more on Wikipedia
  • Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Andy Warhol

    Dec. at 59 (1928-1987)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceAberfeldy, United Kingdom

    Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Rock Hudson

    Dec. at 60 (1925-1985)

    BirthplaceWinnetka, Illinois, United States of America

    Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, Glasgow, United Kingdom

    John Scot Barrowman (born 11 March 1967) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter,... more on Wikipedia
  • Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Oscar Wilde

    Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

    BirthplaceIreland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael  Stipe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceDecatur, Georgia, United States of America

    John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and was the lead... more on Wikipedia
  • Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Lance Bass

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceLaurel, Mississippi, United States of America

    James Lance Bass (; born May 4, 1979) is an American singer, dancer, actor, film and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeffree Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger Jr.; November 15, 1985) is an American Internet... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Alan Turing

    Dec. at 42 (1912-1954)

    BirthplaceMaida Vale, London, United Kingdom

    Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer... more on Wikipedia
  • Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    Laurence Olivier

    Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

    BirthplaceDorking, United Kingdom

    Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and... more on Wikipedia
  • Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

    BirthplaceClondalkin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963), known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish... more on Wikipedia
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