It is not easy being a gay man in the contemporary world! With the members of the LGBT community being subjected to rampant discrimination and social ridicule, life is sure very challenging for gay men. But with growing awareness about the LGBT community, it is becoming increasingly possible for gay people to come out of the closet and build a meaningful life for themselves. The 19th century German writer Karl Heinrich Ulrichs is seen today as the pioneer of the modern gay rights movement. George Cecil Ives was another gay man who was an early homosexual law reform campaigner. Despite the pioneering works of the early gay rights activists, men like Oscar Wilde, A. E. Housman, and Ralph Waldo Emerson had to face the society’s wrath for their private homosexual activities. Alan Mathison Turing was the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, yet he was prosecuted for homosexual acts performed in private. Achieving success in the conservative society as a gay man is a tremendous challenge and that’s why these guys are extra-special. Check out this section to know more about famous gay men.
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer
Jussie SmollettJussie Smollett
21 June 1982, American
Actor

Adam LambertAdam Lambert
29 January 1982, American
Singer

Jeffree StarJeffree Star
15 November 1985, American
YouTuber, Makeup Artist, Singer

Jim ParsonsJim Parsons
24 March 1973, American
Actor

Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
16 October 1854, Irish
Playwright
Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris
15 June 1973, American
Actor

Ian McKellenIan McKellen
25 May 1939, British
British Actor

Ricky MartinRicky Martin
24 December 1971, Puerto Rican
Singer-songwriter

Lee PaceLee Pace
25 March 1979, American
Actor
Troye SivanTroye Sivan
05 June 1995, Australian
Singer, Actor

Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar
18 January 1979, Irish
Prime Minister of Ireland
Tim CookTim Cook
01 November 1960, American
CEO of Apple Inc.

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957, British
Comedian, Actor

Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
02 June 1972, British, American
Actor
LiberaceLiberace
16 May 1919, American
Pianist

Matthew ShepardMatthew Shepard
01 December 1976, American
Gay Hate Murder Victim
Chris HughesChris Hughes
26 November 1983, American
Co-Founder of Facebook

Tom FordTom Ford
27 August 1961, American
American fashion designer

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist
Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967, German, New Zealander, American
Co-founder of PayPal

Graham NortonGraham Norton
04 April 1963, Irish
Actor
Jonathan GroffJonathan Groff
26 March 1985, American
Actor

Bilal HassaniBilal Hassani
09 September 1999, French
Singer

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
26 March 1911, American
American playwright

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930, American
 
George TakeiGeorge Takei
20 April 1937, American
Actor, Activist
Stephen SondheimStephen Sondheim
22 March 1930, American
American composer

Jason GouldJason Gould
29 December 1966, American
Actor

John WatersJohn Waters
22 April 1946, American
Film Director, Comedian, Art Collector

Nate BerkusNate Berkus
17 September 1971, American
Interior Designer, Television Personality, Author
William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs
05 February 1914, American
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Michael StipeMichael Stipe
04 January 1960, American
Singer-lyricist

Cole PorterCole Porter
09 June 1891, American
Composer, Songwriter

Brandon FlynnBrandon Flynn
11 October 1993, American
Actor

Continue Reading Below
David HockneyDavid Hockney
09 July 1937, British
Painter
Michael KorsMichael Kors
09 August 1959, American
Fashion Designer

Charles Nelson ReillyCharles Nelson Reilly
13 January 1931, American
Actor
Trixie MattelTrixie Mattel
23 August 1989, American
Drag Queen

Vice GandaVice Ganda
31 March 1976, Filipino
Stand-up Comedian, Actor

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
10 July 1871, French
French novelist
Rostam BatmanglijRostam Batmanglij
28 November 1983, American
Musician

Willam BelliWillam Belli
30 June 1982, American
Actor
Perez HiltonPerez Hilton
23 March 1972, American
Blogger

Clay AikenClay Aiken
30 November 1978, American
Singer-Songwriter

Carson KressleyCarson Kressley
11 November 1969, American
Designer, Television Show Host, Actor

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
05 June 1898, Spanish
Poet

Jwan YosefJwan Yosef
06 September 1984, Swedish, Syrian
Painter, Artist
DonatelloDonatello
1386 AD, Italian
Sculptor

Lucas CruikshankLucas Cruikshank
29 August 1993, American
YouTube Personality

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen
18 March 1893, British
Poet

Adore DelanoAdore Delano
29 September 1989, American
Drag Queen, Singer
Alan BatesAlan Bates
17 February 1934, British
Actor

Vikram SethVikram Seth
20 June 1952, Indian
Writer
SakiSaki
18 December 1870, British
Writer

Franco ZeffirelliFranco Zeffirelli
12 February 1923, Italian
Film Director and Producer

Joey GraceffaJoey Graceffa
16 May 1991, American
YouTuber, Author, Actor
Horatio AlgerHoratio Alger
13 January 1832, American
American writer

William R. KingWilliam R. King
07 April 1786, American
Shortest Serving Vice President of the U.S.A
Bretman RockBretman Rock
31 July 1998, Filipino
Instagram Star, YouTuber, Viner

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp
25 December 1908, British
English Writer & Gay Icon

A. E. HousmanA. E. Housman
26 March 1859, British
Poet
Van CliburnVan Cliburn
12 July 1934, American
American pianist

Thom BierdzThom Bierdz
25 March 1962, American
Actor
Canaan BananaCanaan Banana
05 March 1936, Zimbabwean
Former President of Zimbabwe

Patrick WhitePatrick White
28 May 1912, Australian
Australian Writer

Maulik PancholyMaulik Pancholy
18 January 1974, American
Actor

Bruno TonioliBruno Tonioli
25 November 1955, Italian
Choreographer
Devon GrayeDevon Graye
08 March 1987, American
Actor
Justin Drew BlakeJustin Drew Blake
01 February 2000, American
TikTok (Musical.ly) Star, YouTuber, YouNower

Antonio D’AmicoAntonio D’Amico
20 January 1959, Italian
Model

Matthew BarrettMatthew Barrett
 , Irish
Leo Eric Varadkar's Partner

Ben BradshawBen Bradshaw
30 August 1960, British
Politician
Mitch GrassiMitch Grassi
24 July 1992, American
Singer-songwriter

Lance LePereLance LePere
1970 AD, American
Fashion Designer

Aaron FullerAaron Fuller
06 March 2000, American
Instagram Star

Heath HussarHeath Hussar
05 April 1993, American
Viner, Instagram Star, YouTuber

Simon HallsSimon Halls
12 January 1964, Canadian
Matt Bomer's Husband
Ben J. PierceBen J. Pierce
19 February 1999, American
YouTuber

Brandon RogersBrandon Rogers
03 August 1988, American
Social Media Celebrity
NoahFinnceNoahFinnce
18 August 1999, British
YouTuber, Instagram Star

Jacob CruikshankJacob Cruikshank
11 March 2001, American
YouTuber, Vlogger

Garrett WattsGarrett Watts
15 June 1989, American
YouTuber
Thomas SandersThomas Sanders
24 April 1989, American
YouTuber, Viner

Jayy Von MonroeJayy Von Monroe
17 August 1991, American
Singer, Musician
NickDominatesNickDominates
29 May 1998, American
YouTuber

Gabriel ZamoraGabriel Zamora
10 March 1993, American
YouTuber

Sebb ArgoSebb Argo
20 September 1995, Mexican
YouTuber

Jack BaranJack Baran
13 January 1997, American
YouTube Personality
Kenny GossKenny Goss
17 September 1958, American
George Michael’s Partner

Jaymi HensleyJaymi Hensley
24 February 1990, British
Singer and Reality TV Star
David BrudnoyDavid Brudnoy
05 June 1940, American
Talk Radio Host

Imari StuartImari Stuart
22 October 1998, American
YouTube Star

Pedro AlmodovarPedro Almodovar
25 September 1949, Spanish
 

Benjamin MaisaniBenjamin Maisani
27 January 1973, French, American
Anderson Cooper’s Partner
Fadi FawazFadi Fawaz
24 May 1973, Australian, Lebanese
Hair Stylist, Photographer