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Gay Celebrities Who Were Out in the 1960s 

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Updated June 14, 2019 89.7k views 6 items

In today’s mostly gay-friendly youth culture, it can be hard understand just how hostile the world was to LGBTQ people in the past. But in the 1960s, homophobia was the norm, leading many actors, actresses, and musicians to keep their sexual orientation secret.

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transsexual individuals remained mostly closeted throughout the decade. It wasn't until the seventies that the Gay Liberation movement started to fight for gay rights all over the world.

Despite the stigma, there were a few famous people who were openly gay in the sixties. This list of gay celebrities who were out in the 1960s is ranked by fame and popularity.

Who is the most famous openly gay celebrity of the 1960s? Andy Warhol tops our list. Artist Andy Warhol was openly gay long before it was accepted in mainstream culture. His art, musical influences, and open lifestyle still serve as inspiration to people all over the world. Throughout the sixties, Warhol found it difficult to gain acceptance with other prominent figures in the art world because they found him to be “too gay.”

Hairspray and Polyester director John Waters says he has been openly gay since he was 10 years old when he first saw Elvis Presley. Featuring movie stars and famous women, this list has it all.

While other celebs like Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift were widely suspected of being secretly gay, these open celebs bravely paved the way for homosexual actors today. Find out more below!

Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Gay Celebrities Who Were Out in the 1960s
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Artist Andy Warhol was openly gay long before it was accepted in mainstream culture.  His art, musical influences and open lifestyle still serve as inspiration to people all over the world today. 

Born: 1928-08-06

Age: Dec. at 59 (1928-1987)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Hairspray and Polyester director John Waters says that "coming out is so square."  He claims that he has been openly gay since he was 10 years old and he first saw Elvis Presley.

Born: 1946-04-22

Age: 72

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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Actor/musician Divine began dressing in drag in 1963.  With frequent collaborator John Waters, he helped to bring the LGBT counter culture to a wider audience.

Born: 1945-10-19

Age: Dec. at 43 (1945-1988)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Salvatore Mineo, Sr.
Salvatore Mineo, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Gay Celebrities Who Were Out in the 1960s
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Rebel without a Cause actor Salvatore Mineo was one of the first major Hollywood actors to publicly state that he was gay in the late-60s.

Birthplace: Sicily, Italy