Famous GLB People in History You're in Good Company!
"Within the typical secondary school curriculum,  homosexuals  do not exist.   They are 'nonpersons' in the finest Stalinist sense. They have fought no battles, held no offices, explored nowhere, written no literature, built nothing, invented nothing and solved no equations.  The lesson to the heterosexual student is abundantly clear: homosexuals do nothing of consequence. To the homosexual student, the message has even greater power: no one who has ever felt as you do has done anything worth mentioning."    -Gerald Unks, editor, The Gay Teen, p. 5.

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Alexander the Great
     *Macedonian Ruler, 300 B.C.
     *Greek Philosopher, 400 B.C.
     *Greek Woman Poet, 600 B.C.
     *Roman Emperor, 1st-2nd c.
 Richard the Lionhearted
     *English King, 12th c.
     *Sultan of Egypt and Syria
 Desiderius Erasmus
     *Dutch Monk, Philosopher
 Francis Bacon
     *English statesman, author
 Frederick the Great
     *King of Prussia
 Lord Byron
     *English poet, 18th c.
 Walt Whitman
     *U.S. poet, author, 19th c.
 Oscar Wilde
     *Irish author, 19th c.
 Marcel Proust
     *French author, 20th c.
     *French author, 20th c.
 Gertrude Stein
     *U.S. poet, author, 20th c.
 Alice B. Toklas
     *U.S. author, 20th c.
 Federico Garcia Lorca
     *Spanish author, 20th c.
 Cole Porter
     *U.S. composer, 20th c.
 Virginia Woolf
     *English author, 20th c.
Leonard Bernstein
     *U.S. composer, 20th c.
 Pope Julius III
 T.E. Lawrence
     *English soldier, author, 20th c.
 Jean Cocteau
     *French writer, director, 20th c.
 Charles Laughton
     *English actor, 20th c.
 Marguerite Yourcenar
     *Belgian author, 20th c.
 Tennessee Williams
     *U.S. Playwright, 20th c.
 James Baldwin
     *U.S. author, 20th c.
 Andy Warhol
     *U.S. artist, 20th c.
     *Italian artist, 15th c.
 Leonardo Da Vinci
     *Ital. Artist, scientist, 15th c.
 Christopher Marlowe
     *Eng. Playwright, 16th c.
 Herman Melville
     *U.S. author, 19th c.
 Horatio Alger, Jr.
     *U.S. author, 19th c.
     *Russian composer, 19th c.
Willa Cather
     *U.S. author, 19th c.
 Amy Lowell
     *U.S. author, 19th & 20th c.
 E.M. Forster
     *English author, 20th c.
 John M. Keynes
     *English economist, 20th c.
 Ludwig Wittgenstein
     *Australian mathematician, 20th c.
 Bessie Smith
     *U.S. singer, 20th c.
 Noel Coward
     *English playwright, 20th c.
 Christopher Isherwood
     *English author, 20th c.
 Pier Paolo Pasolini
     *Italian film director, 20th c.
 Yukio Mishima
     *Japanese author, 20th c.
 Eleanor Roosevelt
     *U.S. stateswoman, 20th c.
 Julius Caesar
     *Roman Emperor, 100-44 B.C.
 Augustus Caesar
     *Roman Emperor
 Harvey Milk
     *U.S. politician, 20th c.
 Bayard Rustin
     *U.S. Civil Rights activist, 20th c.
 James I
     *English King, 16th-17th c.
 Queen Anne
     *English Queen, 18th c.
 Marie Antoinette
     *French Empress, 18th c.
 Melissa Etheridge
     *U.S. Rock Star, 20th c.
 Pope Benedict IX
 Mary Sarton
     *U.S. author, 20th c.
 Edna Ferber
     *U.S. author, 20th c.
 Elton John
     *English Rock Star, 20th c.
 Margaret Fuller
     *U.S. writer, educator, 20th c.
 Montezuma II
     *Aztec ruler, 16th c.
 Peter the Great
     *Russian Czar, 17th-18th c.
 Langston Hughes
     *U.S. author, 20th c.
 Pope John XII
 Madame de Stael
     *French writer, 17th-18th c.
 Martina Navratilova
     *U.S. tennis star, 20th c.
 Greg Louganis
     *U.S. Olympic swimmer, 20th c.
 Billie Jean King
     *U.S. tennis star, 20th c.
 Roberta Achtenburg
     *U.S. politician, 20th c.
 Barney Frank
     *U.S. Congressman, 20th c.
 Gerry Studds
     *U.S. Congressman, 20th c.
 Hans Christian Andersen
     *Danish author, 19th c.
 Tom Dooley
     *U.S. M.D. missionary, 20th c.
 J. Edgar Hoover
     *U.S. director of the FBI., 20th c.
 Frida Kahlo
     *Mexican artist, 20th c.
 Suleiman the Magnificent
     *Ottoman ruler, 15th c.
 Rock Hudson
     *U.S. actor, 20th c.
 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
     *Mexican author, 16th c.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson
     *U.S. author, 19th c.
 Candace Gingrich
     *Gay Rights activist, 20th c.
 Margarethe Cammermeyer
     *U.S. Army Colonel, 20th c.
 Zoe Dunning
     *U.S. Military Reservist, 20th c.
 Tom Waddel
     *U.S. M.D., Olympic star, 20th c.
 Kate Millet
     *U.S. author, 20th c.
 Janis Joplin
     *U.S. singer, 20th c.
 Rudolf Nuryev
     *Russian dancer, 20th c.
 Waslaw Nijinsky
     *Russian dancer, 20th c.
 Ernst Röhm
     *German Nazi leader, 20th c.
 Dag Hammerskjold
     *Swedish UN Secretary, 209th c.
     *Greek philosopher, 384-322 B.C.
 Paula Gunn Allen
     *Native American author, 20th c.
 Angela Davis
     *U.S. political activist, 20th c.
 June Jordan
     *U.S. author, activist, 20th c.
 Rainer Maria Rilke
     *German poet, 20th c.
 James Dean
     *U.S. actor, 20th c.
 Montgomery Clift
     *U.S. actor, 20th c.
 Baron VonSteuben
     *German General, Valley Forge
 Edward II
     *English King, 14th c.

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Suggested Resources

Who's Who & Who's Gay, http://www.perlring.org/whoislgb.html, collected by Joseph L. Casadonte Jr.

Boughner, Terry, Out of All Time: A Gay and Lesbian History, Boston: Alyson Publications, Inc. 1988

Cowan, Thomas, Gay Men and Women who Enriched the World, Boston: Alyson Publications, Inc. 1992

Duberman, Martin, Martha Vicinus, and George Chauncey, Jr., eds., Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, New York: Meridian, 1990

Katz, Jonathan, Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. New York: Meridian, 1992

McConnell-Celi, Sue, ed., Twenty-First Century Challenge: Lesbians and Gays in Education, Bridging the Gap, Red Banks, NJ.: Lavender Crystal Press, 1993