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Gay icons from the world of film come in all shapes and sizes. Some are classic actresses and others are openly gay 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. 

Who is the most famous gay icon in film? Jessica Alba has been embraced by the gay community for her beauty, talent and, humanitarian efforts. She supports gay rights and same-sex marriage and has been photographed partying at gay clubs. Many other famous actresses 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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Matt Bomer


Matt Bomer is listed (or ranked) 1 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 sons. 


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Age: 40

Birthplace: Spring, Texas, United States of America

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Ian McKellen


Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 2 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: 78

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

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Jake Gyllenhaal


Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 3 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. The media questioned Gyllenhaal's sexuality after the film, and he said that people asking if he was gay was a "huge compliment." 

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Age: 37

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Jane Lynch


Jane Lynch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Gay Icons in Film
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"Glee" actress Jane Lynch is openly gay and a big supporter of gay rights. She played one half of a hilarious lesbian couple in the comedy Best in Show

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA

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