found quite a list on facebook: [and my apologies if you feel this thread not pertinent to male survivor's gbt community, i support moving it.] i still think it is important to note the worthwhile contributions we make to the happiness of people every where. how would human quality of life be diminished by subtracting the influence of these great human beings?

also, i spent so many years of my life thinking that i was gay because i was abused. did you ever think that way?

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Having a list of notable gays, lesbians & bi-sexuals helps put a *face* on Prop 8 and on CIVIL RIGHTS issues being fought for across the country this very moment. It's easy to condemn people and things that are "abstract", but not when they have to think about specific people they're condemning and banishing to second-class citizenship. Their favorite authors, poets, musicians, artists, athletes, actors, directors, etc. etc.

Most people who voted for Prop 8 have NO idea about gay people and their myriad contributions to our lives... society...planet.

They listen to their right-wing leaders and pastors/preachers/priests/rabbis/mullahs and block out the rest. We MUST penetrate all the lies and misconceptions spread by the right wing who uses churches as their main channel for scaring people. We MUST break through the barrier of hate and ignorance. As we speak, the Christian Coalition is mobilizing to fight gay rights further.

This is *not* intended to be a "comprehensive list" of famous gays, but rather a sampling of the gay, lesbian and bisexual people who have helped shape our world, and continue to enrich our lives:

ARTISTS:

* Michelangelo
* Leonardo da Vinci
* Georgia O'Keefe
* Frieda Kahlo
* Andy Warhol
* Jean Cocteau

WRITERS/POETS/PLAYWRIGHTS:

* Hans Christian Anderson, writer of children's fairy tales
* Malcolm Forbes, publisherWalt Whitman, poet (Leaves of Grass)
* Henry James,writer
* Oscar Wilde, playwright/novelist (The Portrait of Dorian Gray)
* Lord Byron, poet
* Marcel Proust, writer (Remembrance of Things Past)
* Emily Dickinson*, poet
* Sir Francis Bacon, writer
* Willa Cather*, writer (My Antonia, O' Pioneers)
* Radclyffe Hall, writer (The Well of Loneliness)
* James Baldwin, writer (Go Tell it on the Mountian, Giovanni's Room, Another Country)
* Andrew Sullivan, editor of The New Republic magazine
* May Sarton, writer
* Randy Shilts, journalist (The Mayor of Castro Street; And the Band Played On)
* Deb Price, Gannett newspapers columnist
* Edward Albee, playwright (Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
* Sir James M. Barrie, playwirght/novelist (Peter Pan)
* Armistead Maupin, writer (Tales of the City)
* Audre Lorde, African-American poet and activist
* Rita Mae Brown, novelist
* William S. Burroughs, novelist
* John Boswell, historian/writer
* Gertrude Stein, writer
* Tennessee Williams, playwright (The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire)
* Somerset Maugham, writer
* Sappho, Greek poet
* Gore Vidal, novelist
* David Sedaris, writer, humorist and frequest NPR guest & 'Esquire' magazine contributer
* Chastity Bono, writer for The Advocate (daughter of Sonny & Cher)
* E.M. Forster, writer (Howard's End, A Passage to India, Maurice)
* Amy Lowell, poet
* Virginia Woolf*,writer
* Alice B. Toklas, writer
* Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet
*Allen Ginsberg, poetSports


MUSIC:

* Cole Porter, song writer
* Leonard Berstein*, Composer (West Side Story, On the Waterfront)
* Franz Schubert, composer
* Peter Tchaikovsky, composer
* Michael Stipe, (lead singer of R.E.M.)
* Aaron Copeland, composer Elton John, musician
* Johnny Mathis, musician
* k.d. lang, musician
* Melissa Etheridge, musician
* Ani DiFranco, musician
* Dave Navaro, musician (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
* Freddue Mercury (leader of Queen and amazing vocalist)
* Brian Epstein, First manager for the Beatles
* Liberace, pianist/entertainer
* Iggy Pop, musician
* Janis Ian, musician
* Joan Baez, musician
* Pete Townsend, musician (The Who)
* Jimmy Somerville, musician (Bronski Beat)
* Paul Rutherford, singer (Frankie goes to Hollywood)
* Holly Johnson, lead singer (Frankie goes to Hollywood)
* Indigo Girls
* Josephine Baker, singer
* Andy Bell, musician
* Benjamin Britten, composer
* Bessie Smith, singer
* Patty Schemel, drummer (Hole)
* Rufus Wainwright (Singer/Songwriter)

ENTERTAINERS/DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS:

* Lily Tomlin, actress/comedian
* Ellen DeGeneres, actress/comedian
* Gus Van Sant, filmmaker (My Own Private Idaho)
* Sandra Bernhardt, comedian/actress
* Siegfried and Roy, entertainers
* Dick Sargent, actor (second Darrin on Bewitched)
* David Geffen, film producer/music business
* RuPaul, entertainer
* Rock Hudson, actor
* Amanda Bearsey, actress
* Julie Cypher, director (Teresa's Tattoo, music videos)
* Kate Clinton, comedian
* Sir Ian McKellen, actor
* Tom Hulce, actor (Mozart in Amadeus)
* Marie Schneider, actress (The Last Tango in Paris)
* James Dean*, actor
* Pedro Almodovar, director
* Lea DeLaria, comedian
* Errol Flynn*, actor
* Montgomery Clift, actor

SPORTS:

* Martina Navratilova, professional tennis champion
* Billie Jean King, professional tennis champion
* David Kopay, retired NFL football player
* Greg Louganis, three-time Olympic gold medalist in diving
* Glenn Burke, Ex-Major League baseball player
* Dave Pallone, Ex-Major League baseball umpire
* Bruce Hayes, Olympic swimmer
* Bob Jackson, professional bodybuilder
* Babe Didrikson Zaharias, professional golfer
* Tom Waddell, Olympic decathelete
* Brian Boitano (Olympic skater)

And let's not forget ALEXANDER THE GREAT!

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