Famous Gay People

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.

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 1 Elton John

Elton John
50
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 2 Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen
22
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 3 James Baldwin

James Baldwin
13
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 1, 1987

 4 Tim Cook

Tim Cook
18
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Apple
Birthdate: November 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 5 Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 6 Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X
123
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 7 Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 8 Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault
10
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poitiers, France
Died: June 25, 1984

 9 Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim
9
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: American composer
Birthdate: March 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 26, 2021

 10 Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star
60
Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: YouTuber, Makeup Artist, Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: California
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 11 Tom Ford

Tom Ford
12
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: American fashion designer
Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 12 Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry
15
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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 13 Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe
4
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-lyricist
Birthdate: January 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Decatur
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 14 John Barrowman

John Barrowman
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 15 Brandon Flynn

Brandon Flynn
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 David Hockney

David Hockney
7
Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 9, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradford

 17 Lee Pace

Lee Pace
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 18 Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Gay Hate Murder Victim
Birthdate: December 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Died: October 12, 1998

 19 Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes
2
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Co-Founder of Facebook
Birthdate: November 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 20 Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oswestry
Died: November 4, 1918

 21 David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 22 Cole Porter

Cole Porter
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peru, Indiana, United States
Died: October 15, 1964

 23 Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors
7
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sylacauga, Alabama, United States
Died: November 30, 2017
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 24 Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 25 Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Died: July 6, 1992

 26 Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 27 John Waters

John Waters
3
Famous As: Film Director, Comedian, Art Collector
Birthdate: April 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 28 Shepard Smith

Shepard Smith
7
Famous As: TV Anchor
Birthdate: January 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 29 Saki

Saki
6
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 18, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sittwe
Died: November 13, 1916

 30 Trixie Mattel

Trixie Mattel
22
Famous As: Drag Queen
Birthdate: August 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 31 Sir Noël Peirce Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward
5
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: December 16, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Teddington, England
Died: March 26, 1973

 32 David Sedaris

David Sedaris
5
Famous As: Humorist
Birthdate: December 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johnson City, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 33 Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 34 Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken
5
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 35 Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Interior Designer, Television Personality, Author
Birthdate: September 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orange County
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 36 Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolkata
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 37 Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels
3
Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 38 Jwan Yosef

Jwan Yosef
4
Famous As: Painter, Artist
Birthdate: September 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Syria

 39 Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: August 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 40 Rob Halford

Rob Halford
2
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 41 Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright
3
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck Village, Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 42 Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 43 Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant
4
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 44 Vice Ganda

Vice Ganda
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tondo, Philippines
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 45 Rip Taylor

Rip Taylor
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 46 Adore Delano

Adore Delano
7
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Drag Queen, Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Azusa, California
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 47 Lucas Cruikshank

Lucas Cruikshank
6
Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: YouTube Personality
Birthdate: August 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbus, Nebraska
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 48 Roy Horn

Roy Horn
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: October 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Gau Munich-Upper Bavaria, German Reich
Died: May 8, 2020

 49 A. E. Housman

A. E. Housman
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 26, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
Died: April 30, 1936

 50 Mitch Grassi

Mitch Grassi
3
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arlington, Texas, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)