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The Greatest Gay Icons in Film 

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Updated June 14, 2019 23.4k votes 2.5k voters 268.2k views 40 items

Gay icons from the world of film come in all shapes and sizes. Some are film actors who work to promote gay rights. Gay icons of the movies have had successful careers acting, directing, or writing. There are even several Academy Award winners on this list of the greatest gay icons in film. 

Jessica Alba has been embraced by the gay community for supporting gay rights and same-sex marriage. Many other famous actresses who have become gay film icons include Judy Garland, Liza Minelli, and Barbra Streisand. Several great film directors are gay icons as well. Precious director Lee Daniels is openly gay, as are Hairspray director John Waters, and Milk director Gus Van Sant.

Who do you think are the greatest gay icons in film? Cast your votes below.

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Film
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Actor Ian McKellen is openly gay.  He is extremely active working to further gay rights all over the world. 

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Age: 79

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

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Matt Bomer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Film
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Magic Mike actor Matthew Bomer publicly acknowledged that he was gay in 2012. He and his partner, Simon Halls, have three children. 

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Spring, Texas, United States of America

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Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Film
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"Glee" actress Jane Lynch is openly gay and a supporter of gay rights.

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Dolton, Illinois, United States of America

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Film
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Jake Gyllenhaal became an instant gay icon for after playing the role of Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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