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.
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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Birthplace: Spring, Texas, United States of America
Credits: White Collar, In Time, Guiding Light, Winter's Tale
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."Photo Via: Shutterstock
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Actor
Credits: Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac, Source Code
Actor Ian McKellen is openly gay. He is extremely active working to further gay rights all over the world.
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Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom
Profession: Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Zac Efron was embraced as a teen idol by both men and women. He has been fully embraced by the gay community and he is "flattered" when people ask if he's gay.Photo Via: Shutterstock
Birthplace: San Luis Obispo, California, United States of America
Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer
Credits: 17 Again, High School Musical, The Lucky One, That Awkward Moment