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Famous LGBT Celebrities List

Author: Sexual Diversity
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Published: 18th Jan 2015 - Updated: 12th Sep 2022
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Summary: List of famous people and celebrities who were or are confirmed as gay, lesbian or bisexual.

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This is a partial list of confirmed famous people who were or are gay, lesbian or bisexual. (Famous people who are simply rumored to be gay, lesbian or bisexual, are not listed.)

Once it was considered a potentially career-ending acknowledgment, but a growing number of celebrities over the past years have come out with relatively little fanfare. The high prevalence of people from the West on this list may be due to societal attitudes toward homosexuality.

The Pew Research Center's 2003 Global Attitudes Survey found that;

The following listing names many prominent people who have identified themselves publicly as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

NameFamous For...
Alejandro Amenabar Spanish Filmmaker
Aleksey Apukhtin Russian Poet
Alex Au LGBT rights activist, writer
Alexander the Great King and conqueror
Alice Arnold British Ex BBC Radio 4 Newsreader
Alistair Appleton British Television presenter
Allison Adler Television writer, producer
Alvin Ailey Dancer, choreographer
Alyson Annan Australian Field hockey gold medalist
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Writer
Anne-Marie Alonzo Canadian Writer
Ant American Actor, comedian
Anthony Asquith Film director
Antinous Beloved of Roman Emperor Hadrian
Assi Azar Television personality
Axel and Eigil Axgil First gay couple in the world joined in a civil union
Bela Ewald Althans German Neo-Nazi activist
Berenice Abbott Photographer
Bert Archer Canadian Writer
Bettina Aptheker American Activist, academic
Billie Joe Armstrong American Rock musician (Green Day)
Boy Abunda Journalist
Boy George Member of the 1980s pop group Culture Club
Brett Anderson British Rock musician (Suede)
Chad Allen Actor, gay activist
Chantal Akerman Belgian Filmmaker
Chip Arndt American Reality TV show contestant, LGBT rights activist
Christian Wilhelm Allers German Painter
Clay Aiken Singer, songwriter, American Idol runner- up
Dallas Angguish Australian Writer
David Ames British Actor
Dawn Airey British Television executive
Dennis Altman Australian Academic, LGBT rights activist
Dominic Agostino Politician
Dorothy Allison American Writer
Dorothy Arzner Film director
Edward Albee Playwright
Edward Avedisian Painter
Efva Attling Swedish Jewelry designer
Emperor Ai of Han Chinese (Han Dynasty) Head of state
Eric Allman Computer programmer
Faisal Alam LGBT Muslim rights activist
Frederick Ashton Choreographer
Gaye Adegbalola Blues musician
Gloria E. Anzaldua American Writer
Gordon Stewart Anderson Canadian Writer
Gregg Araki American Filmmaker
Harold Acton Art writer, aesthete
Harry Andrews British Actor
Henry Alley Author, academic
Howard Ashman Lyricist
J. C. Adams Gay porn journalist
J. R. Ackerley Writer, arts editor of The Listener
Jake Arnott British Author
Jane Addams Social reformer, Nobel prize winner
Jane Anderson American Actress, playwright, director
Janet Aalfs Martial artist, poet
Jean Acker Actress, wife of actor Rudolph Valentino
Jean-Jacques Aillagon French Politician
Jean-Paul Aron French Writer
Jerzy Andrzejewski Polish Author
Jillian Armenante American Actress, writer
Joey Arias American Performance artist, drag performer
John Alcorn Canadian Jazz musician
John Amaechi Basketball player, broadcaster
John Aravosis American LGBT rights activist
John Ashbery Poet
John Atherton Anglican bishop executed for buggery
John August Screenwriter
John Bodkin Adams Doctor, suspected serial killer
John S. Arrowood Judge
Joseph Alsop American Journalist
Judith Arndt German Cyclist
Kamal Al- Solaylee Canadian Journalist, writer
Karen Atala Chilean Lawyer, fighting for custody of her children
Katarzyna Adamik Film director
Katharine Anthony American Biographer
Kathy Acker Writer, feminist
Kenneth Anger American Filmmaker, author
Kevin Aviance Entertainer
Kevyn Aucoin Make-up artist
Kutlug Ataman Turkish Filmmaker
Kwame Anthony Appiah Ghanaian Philosopher, writer
Laura Antoniou American Author
Leroy F. Aarons Journalist
Lindsay Anderson British Film director
Louis Aragon French Poet, novelist
Louise Abbema Painter, designer
Luisa Isabel alvarez de Toledo 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia
Laszlo Almasy Hungarian Explorer, spy
Marc Acito Author
Marc Allegret French Film director
Marc Almond British Rock musician
Margie Adam Women's Music performer
Mark Adamo Classical music composer
Mary Ellicott Arnold Social activist, writer
Matt Alber Singer, songwriter
Maud Allan Canadian Dancer
Michael Alig Party promoter, murderer
Michael Ausiello elevision journalist
Mario de Andrade Brazilian Writer
Nadine Angerer German Football (soccer) player
Napier Sturt British Peer
Newton Arvin Writer, academic
Nickie Antonio American Politician
Nicola Adams Olympic boxer
Nils Asther Stage and silent film actor
Othniel Askew Politician, murderer
Pat Arrowsmith Writer, peace activist
Patience Agbabi Poet, performer
Paula Aboud Politician, activist
Paula Gunn Allen American Writer
Pedro Almodovar Spanish Filmmaker
Peter Ackroyd Author
Peter Allen Australian Entertainer
Pietro Aretino Italian Writer, satirist
Reinaldo Arenas Cuban Writer
Rob Astbury Journalist, television presenter
Robert Andrews British Actor
Robert Arnold New Zealand Pop musician
Robert Arthur Actor
Roberta Achtenberg American Politician
Roberto Aguirre- Sacasa Playwright, writer for Marvel Comics
Ron Athey Artist
Roy Ashburn Politician
Ruth Anderson American Composer
Salvatore Antonio Canadian Actor, writer
Sam Adams First openly gay Portland, Oregon City Council member, first openly gay mayor of a major US city (Portland)
Sandra Alland Canadian Writer, artist, activist
Sarah Aldridge American Author
Scott Amedure Jenny Jones Murder victim
Seimone Augustus Basketball player
Sheldon Andelson American Politician
Sibilla Aleramo Italian Writer
Simon Amstell British Comedian, television presenter
Stephen K. Amos British Comedian
Steve Antin American Actor, screenwriter
Sverker Astrom Swedish Diplomat
Ted Allen Food and wine connoisseur
Thomas Ades Composer
Ti-Grace Atkinson American Feminist author
Tom Ammiano San Francisco City Supervisor, comedian
Toni Atkins American Politician
Tony Ayres Film director, screenwriter
Tracey Adams Porn performer
Trey Anthony Canadian Comedian, playwright
W. H. Auden Poet
Waheed Alli, Baron Alli Businessman, first openly gay peer in Parliament
Will Aitken Canadian Writer
Willem Arondeus Dutch Painter
Zackie Achmat LGBT and AIDS activist

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