The 1st List Of: Gay/Lesbian/Bi Industry People, Both In Front and Behind The Camera

by a-17 | created - 31 May 2013 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

In no way is this list meant to "OUT" anyone.

I have purposely NOT listed anyone of "speculation" like other sites may have ... only those where confirmation by either personal accounts, or public records prove the source of information on their sexuality.

Some are people I personally know and allowed me to put their name on this list, or have been publicly outed (with proof) by other sources, or have personally come out as gay, lesbian, or bisexual themselves. While gay, lesbian, and bi "gender impersonators" are on here, transsexuals are not.

Some of the people on this list may have lived or are living a heterosexual lifestyle. But at one time or another they have either admitted to being gay, lesbian, or bi-sexual, and all have either outed themselves or have already been outed.

There are countless other people in the industry that we know are gay, lesbian, or bi-sexual. But, for whatever reason are "open" only to those working in THE INDUSTRY, however choose to keep it a secret to the general public.

Sadly not everyone on this list is or was happy with their sexuality. Even when (true) rumors of people I personally knew and worked with surrounded them, like Merv Griffin, Rock Hudson, and Liberace (plus many others of today and the past), their self-loathing for who they were, made them feel the need to hide their sexuality, and in some instances bring legal actions to those who tried to out them.

You may not know many of the "older" names or photos of the people on my list. But it is important to know the past in order to live in the present, and look forward to a happier future within ourselves. Because you need to know ... You are in good company.

Hopefully someday, probably not in my lifetime (but I was wrong about same sex marriages, so hope I'm wrong here too), people will just be people, and lists like this will not be needed. But until that day comes, this list is dedicated to the closeted, possibly tormented talented youth that may need to see that there IS a good future (and happy life) ahead of them if they can accept themselves for who they are.

Some of the performers and behind-the-scene people are or were my friends, and I kept their secret until their deaths or they decided to come out themselves. Rock Hudson once told me that if anyone really knew or believed he was gay, he would die. When it was announced that he had A.I.D.S. he said; "Now everyone knows I'm gay, and I'm dying."

Those already in the entertainment industry know that it can still harbor homophobia, even though the industry claims otherwise. For any of these people on this list to have "come out on their own" was not so much an act of bravery, but more of being comfortable in their own skin. I thank each and every person that has personally allowed me to add them to this list. And I appreciate the positive responses I've received in person and on the Internet. I truly believe that every person on this list has or had the ability to save the life of at least one person who is or was struggling with their true identity.

On July 24th, 2017 (Our 46th year together) Andrew Levinson decided to work with me in putting together this list. Andy has been a big help in making this list grow quicker and bigger.

Remember to be comfortable with yourself, and others around you will be too. I know, because (to coin a slightly altered 70's phrase) "Some of my best industry friends and clients are straight" ... Damon Charles

It used to be that if you wanted to write me or make comments, you could do it on the IMDB Message Board at the bottom of the Damon Charles web page. Unfortunately on February 17, 2017 IMDB discontinued this site on everyone's page. Sadly, getting a hold of me is now impossible as I am not on Facebook, or any other social networks. So it is here that I give you full permission to feel free and put a link to this list on YOUR Facebook or other social media pages. Let's make this "List" soar with viewers. I do appreciate all the responses I did get in the past, and more than appreciate all the positive feedback I had been getting for having it up. Thanks, Damon Charles

1. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

Actor,

In his 1976 biography THE ONLY CONTENDER, Brando, who was married three times, openly admitted his homosexuality. He was quoted as saying, "Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed."

2. Jackie Abbott

Actress | Miss Sugar Tit

Jackie Abbott was born as Jacqueline Abbott. She is an actress, known for Miss Sugar Tit (2016) and Murder, My Tweet (2016).

Actress,

New York Post, Page Six: “Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon celebrated her Emmy win with her new girlfriend, Jackie Abbott. http://pagesix.com/2017/09/18/kate-mckinnon-debuts-new-girlfriend-at-the-emmys/

3. John Abbott

Actor | The Jungle Book

John Abbott was born on June 5, 1905 in London, England as John Albert Chamberlain Kefford. He was an actor, known for The Jungle Book (1967), Gigi (1958) and The Web (1947). He died on May 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Actor

4. Jean Acker

Actress | Brewster's Millions

Jean Acker was born in 1893 on a farm in Trenton, NJ, and was named Harriet. Her father was part Cherokee and her mother was Irish, and they had separated when she was young. Jean attended school at St. Mary's Seminary in Springfield, NJ. Her acting career began in vaudeville and stock-company ...

Actress, Brewster's Millions

IMDB Bio: In 1919, she came to California and negotiated a two-hundred-dollar-a-week contract with a movie studio based on the strength of her relationship with her lover, the famed star Alla Nazimova. Within a few months, she started another relationship with a younger, less established actress Grace Darmond. In the midst of this love triangle, she met the struggling actor Rudolph Valentino at a party, and they became friends. After a two-month courtship, he asked her to marry him and she accepted. On November 6, 1919, they married, and on their wedding night, she locked him out. She wept claiming she made a mistake and later departed to Grace Darmond's apartment.

Part of The Sewing Circle; Wikipedia for Alla Nazimova: It was Alla Nazimova who coined the phrase "sewing circle" as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alla_Nazimova

5. Leon Acord

Actor | Old Dogs & New Tricks

Leon was born in Kokomo, Indiana on May 23, 1963, and grew up on several different farms in the area. Moving frequently led Leon to develop a fantasy life at an early age, and he acted in high-school and community-theatre productions throughout Indiana.

He attended Indiana University at Kokomo. He ...

Actor

6. Peter Adair

Director | Absolutely Positive

Peter Adair was born on November 25, 1943 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Absolutely Positive (1991), The AIDS Show (1986) and In the 1st Degree (1995). He died on June 27, 1996 in San Francisco, California.

Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Writer,

New York Times: Mr. Adair said. "When I wondered about religion, I made a film about it. When I realized I was gay, I made a film about it." http://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/30/us/peter-adair-53-director-dies-made-films-with-gay-themes.html

7. Evan Adams

Actor | Smoke Signals

Evan Adams was born on November 15, 1966 in Sliammon Reserve, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Smoke Signals (1998), The Business of Fancydancing (2002) and Hawkeye (1994).

Actor,

NNDB: Born: 15-Nov-1966 Birthplace: Sliammon Reserve, British Columbia, Canada Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: American Aborigine Sexual orientation: Gay Occupation: Actor Nationality: Canada Executive summary: Smoke Signals Presently a practicing obstetrician. http://www.nndb.com/people/077/000355009/

8. Maude Adams

Maude Adams was born Maude Ewing Kiskadden on November 11, 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She preformed on stage from the age of an infant until her retirement from the stage at age 60. Maude Adams starred in over twenty-five plays on Broadway between 1888 and 1916. Her most famous role was "Peter" ...

Actress,

After Ellen: Spring Byington Romanced: Marjorie "Ma Kettle" Main, Maude Adams. http://www.afterellen.com/the-gay-women-of-old-hollywood/08/2010/

Part of The Sewing Circle; Wikipedia for Alla Nazimova: It was Alla Nazimova who coined the phrase "sewing circle" as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alla_Nazimova

9. Nick Adams

Actor | Kaijû daisensô

Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel (1959), played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor...

Actor, The Rebel

Wikipedia: According to American Film (1986), "Nick Adams, who was ... gay, was the butt of anti-gay humor in Pillow Talk. In a recent book, William Dakota, who worked as Adams's fan-mail secretary for some time, confirms that Adams was homosexual. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Adams_%28actor%29

10. Nick Adams

Actor | Sex and the City 2

Nick Adams was born on June 10, 1983 in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA as Nicholas Adams. He is an actor, known for Sex and the City 2 (2010), As the World Turns (1956) and Still Waiting In The Wings (2017).

Actor, It Could Be Worse

Wikipedia: In 2010, Adams, who is gay, was a part of a PSA for the It Gets Better campaign with cast members from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Adams_%28theatre_actor%29

11. Richard Addinsell

Soundtrack | My Week with Marilyn

English composer Richard Addinsell was born in 1904. After finishing his law studies at Oxford, he took a short course in music at the Royal College of Music in London and studied from 1929 to 1932 in Berlin and Vienna. From 1933 to 1935 he lived in the USA writing scores for the Hollywood studios.

Composer,

Wikipedia: Addinsell retired from public life in the 1960s, gradually becoming estranged from his close friends. He was, for many years, the companion of the fashion designer Victor Stiebel, who died in 1976. In 1999 it was revealed that the royalties for Warsaw Concerto had belonged to the parents of author Jilly Cooper, whose brother advanced the theory that Addinsell – for many years their neighbor – gave it to them as thanks for being discreet about his relationship with Stiebel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Addinsell

12. Justus Addiss

Director | The Wild Wild West

Life partner of actor Hayden Rorke.

Director, The Odyssey of Flight 33

13. Joop Admiraal

Actor | Rikkel Nikkel de avonturen van een robot

Joop Admiraal was born on September 26, 1937 in Ophemert, Gelderland, Netherlands. He was an actor and writer, known for Rikkel Nikkel de avonturen van een robot (1961), De vier dochters Bennet (1961) and U bent mijn moeder (1984). He died on March 25, 2006 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

Actor,

Wikipedia for Ramses Shaffy: In the 1960s, Shaffy had a relationship with Dutch actor Joop Admiraal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramses_Shaffy

14. James Adomian

Actor | Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

James Adomian was born on January 31, 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as James Haig Adomian. He is an actor and writer, known for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), Trunk'd (2014) and California's Lost Gold (2012).

Actor, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

15. Adrian

Costume_department | Rope

Adrian Adolph Greenburg, born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, March 3, 1903, to Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenburg. He began his professional career while still attending the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts by contributing to the costumes for "George White's Scandals" in 1921. He is ...

Costume Designer, The Wizard Of Oz

16. Ray Aghayan

Costume_designer | Lady Sings the Blues

Ray Aghayan was born on July 28, 1928 in Tehran, Iran as Reymond G. Aghayan. He is known for his work on Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Funny Lady (1975) and Our Man Flint (1966). He died on October 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Costume Designer, Dr. Dolittle

Co-Host/Self,

Wikipedia 1 Girl 5 Gays: The rotating panel of gay men included Michael Yerxa, Jean-Paul Bevilacqua, Juan Manuel Gonzalez Calcaneo, Jonathan Morton-Schuster, Matt Barker, Dean McArthur, Matt Santos, Philip Tetro, Ian Lynch, Andrew Edwards, Jake Mossop, Thomas Trafford, Ishmael Furoz, Jonathan Nathaniel, Gerry King, Simon Lysnes, Max Claude, Alex Brown, Jason Yantha, Dillon Scheenaard, Alex Illest, JP Larocque, Rafay Agha, Gabriel Rojas, Jae MT, Kiel Hughes, Gaelan Love, Michael Lehman, Shawn Hitchins, Taylor James, Thomas Haskell, Chris Corsini, David Robert, Maurie Sherman, Ralph Rosario, Brad Blaylock, Ryan Carter, Ibrahim Hasan, Scott Do, Matthew Agius, Micha Baltman, Anthony Berarco, Matt Sims, Perez Hilton, James Bar, Jeffrey Bowers, Brett Ashley, Chase Hutchinson, Jonathan D. Lovitz, Mitchell Boucher, Mike Germanotta, Jamie Gillingham and Taurel Lorenz. A smaller number of episodes featured a panel of lesbians, including Brittany Leigh, Christina Mac, Brittany Emmons, Courtney Jean Milner, Valerie Bosso and Nicole DeLargie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1_Girl_5_Gays

18. Clay Aiken

Self | The Runner-Up

Clayton Holmes Grissom was born in Raleigh, North Carolina 30 November 1978 to his mother, Faye Aiken Parker and his late father, Vernon Grissom. When Clay was a teenager, he had a love for teaching and helping young children and later on studied to became a school teacher. When he was about 23 ...

Singer, American Idol

19. Desiree Akhavan

Actress | Appropriate Behavior

Desiree Akhavan was born in 1984 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Appropriate Behavior (2014), The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) and The Slope (2010).

Producer/Director/Writer,

The Guardian: Perhaps what sets Akhavan apart from even Dunham is that she is not only bisexual, but Iranian. In the words of her college professor she is "the gay, Iranian Lena Dunham". http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2014/apr/29/desiree-adkavan-new-lena-dunham-girls

20. Edward Albee

Writer | Nijinsky: Unfinished Project

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Edward Franklin Albee III. He was a writer, known for Nijinsky: Unfinished Project (1970), A Delicate Balance (1973) and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991). He died on September 16, 2016 in Montauk, New York, USA.

Writer, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

21. Anna Margarita Albelo

Producer | Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?

Cuban-American Miami-native, Anna Margarita Albelo is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and cultural activist.

Her first feature, "Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?" (world premiere, 2013), won 8 international awards including Best Screenplay, Best Performance for Guinevere Turner, and several ...

Producer/Director/Actress,

glaad: I like to call it an, "auto-fiction" because I don't always have a lot of hot women running after me, unfortunately! But I did want to use elements from my life to create a character I never see in film: a Latina, lesbian, filmmaker, freshly turned 40, committed to LGBT culture and feminism. I wanted to tell a universal story about love, desire, and self-sabotage and have a lesbian character be our protagonist. http://www.glaad.org/blog/filmmaker-anna-margarita-albelo-talks-glaad-about-whos-afraid-vagina-wolf

22. Mike Albo

Writer | Take Me to Your Mother

Mike Albo is a writer and actor, known for Take Me to Your Mother (2013), The Smoking Gun TV (2003) and What's in Store with Mike Albo (2010).

Writer,

Wikipedia: His love advice column in Out Magazine, “What’s Your Problem?” appeared from 1998-2000. He also wrote horoscopes for Word.com (Horoscopes by Randy Lavender), from 1998-2000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Albo

Producer/Self,

Wikipedia: Aldred was gay - and according to a number of writers, had brief affairs with Dave Davies of The Kinks and Andrew Oldham, manager of The Rolling Stones. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Aldred

24. Brandon Alexander III

Actor | First Period

Brandon Alexander III was born on December 15, 1983 in Grapevine, Texas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for First Period (2013), Kids Eating Paste (2009) and Sideline Secrets (2006).

Producer/Writer/Actor, First Period

25. Cris Alexander

Actor | Wonderful Town

Born in 1920, Mr. Alexander was raised by his devoted father and attended Central High School in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and Tony Randall (then Leonard Rosenberg) along with several other exceptionally talented classmates, performed on their own weekly radio show in 1937-8. ...

Actor, The Littlest Angel

Self,

The Pure Eccentrics: San Francisco (2007): "Pure Eccentrics" is a visual and oral history which profiles 5 colorful characters - all gay men with an affinity for historic architecture, a flair for living life to it's fullest, and a multitude of great stories about their escapades in 1970's San Francisco. Each contributes to the preservation of San Francisco's architectural and stylistic legacy in a different and vital way. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1198214/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_7

27. Olly Alexander

Soundtrack | God Help the Girl

Olly Alexander was born in 1990 in Yorkshire, England as Oliver Alexander Thornton.

Soundtrack/Writer/Actor,

Wikipedia: Alexander is in a relationship with Clean Bandit's violinist Neil Milan Amin-Smith. In one of their first interviews together at the Wireless Festival July 2015, Alexander explained that they like to be open in talking about their relationship, saying "It's important for people to see that you can be happy as a couple, and a young gay couple... I think I would have loved to have seen one (growing up)". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olly_Alexander

28. Chad Allen

Actor | Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Chad Allen was born on June 5, 1974 in Cerritos, California, USA as Chad Allen Lazzari. He is an actor and producer, known for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), TerrorVision (1986) and Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986).

Actor, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

29. Peter Allen

Soundtrack | Arthur

Peter Allen was born on February 10, 1944 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Richard Woolnough Allen. He was married to Liza Minnelli. He died on June 18, 1992 in San Diego, California, USA.

Soundtrack, Muriel's Wedding

30. Ted Allen

Self | Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Emmy Award winner Ted Allen is host of the hit prime-time competition series Chopped (2007) on the Food Network, and a frequent contributor to Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate (2009). He was a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo's Top Chef (2006) and Food Network's Iron Chef America: ...

TV Host, Chopped

31. Jared Allman

Actor | More Scenes from a Gay Marriage

Allman has had leading roles in the Matt Riddlehoover's recent titles, West Hollywood Motel and Scenes from a Gay Marriage -- both of which played to rave reviews on the film festival circuit. Allman is reprising his role as "Joe" in the sequel, More Scenes from a Gay Marriage, due out later this ...

Actor,

IMDB Bio:Jared now lives in Lawrenceville, Ga., having relocated to the Atlanta area in 2012. When he's not working, Jared enjoys reading and playing video games and watching "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He's also working on his latest labor of love, penning his first book "Kinda Good at Everything: Growing up Southern, Mormon, and Gay."

32. Stephanie Allynne

Actress | In a World...

Stephanie Allynne was born in 1986. She is an actress and writer, known for In a World... (2013), One Mississippi (2015) and Twin Peaks (2017). She has been married to Tig Notaro since October 24, 2015. They have two children.

Actress,

IMDB Bio: She has been married to Tig Notaro since October 24, 2015. They have two children. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2782402/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

33. Néstor Almendros

Cinematographer | Days of Heaven

One of the highest appraised contemporary cinematographers. He was born in Spain but moved to Cuba by age 18 to join his exiled anti-Franco father. In Havana, he founded a cineclub and wrote film reviews. Then, he went on to study in Rome at the Centro Sperimentale. He directed six shorts in Cuba ...

Cinematographer, Kramer vs. Kramer

34. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Writer, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

35. Marc Almond

Soundtrack | Eddie the Eagle

Followig his parent's divorce, the legendary synthpop/New Wave artist Marc Almond was accepted into a general art design course at Southport College, where he studied performance art. During his time at Art College he did a series of performance theater pieces: the Andy Warhol inspired piece "Zazou...

Soundtrack/Music Department/Actor/Self,

New Wave Duo: Soft Cell

Wikipedia: Almond has stated that he dislikes being pigeon-holed as "a 'gay' artist", claiming that such a label "enables people to marginalize your work and reduce its importance, implying that it won't be of any interest to anyone who isn't gay". In 2010, Almond said that he has "a fulfilling work life and a comfortable private life". He has been with the same partner for over 20 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Almond

36. Flavio Alves

Producer | Tom in America

Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he ...

Producer/Director/Writer,

Wikipedia: Flavio lives in Forest Hills, New York with his same-sex partner Randall Martusis. In April 2010, Alves became a US citizen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavio_Alves

37. Dan Amboyer

Actor | Younger

Dan Amboyer born December 28, 1985 is an American actor, Amboyer was born in Detroit, to Claudia and Dr. Donald Amboyer. He attended The Roeper School and arts high school Interlochen Arts Academy. Amboyer subsequently continued his studies at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where he was ...

Actor,

The Daily Mail: Hitched! Younger actor Dan Amboyer confirms he's gay as he ties the knot with longtime boyfriend Eric Berger. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4959456/Dan-Amboyer-confirms-s-gay-marrying-boyfriend.html

38. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Tesis (1996). His film ...

Producer/Director/Writer/Composer/Editor/Actor/Self,

El Periodico: Alejandro Amenábar, que no se caracteriza precisamente por demostrar a menudo su condición de homosexual, ha asegurado que Madrid, ciudad en la que reside y que le ha otorgado la Medalla de oro, le ha aportado muchísima alegría y libertad para dejarle vivir su condición sexual haciendo la vida que quiere. http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias/gente-y-tv/amenabar-madrid-dado-libertad-para-vivir-condicion-sexual-1788841

39. Hardy Amies

Costume_department | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Hardy Amies was born on July 17, 1909 in Maida Vale, London, England as Edwin Hardy Amies. He is known for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Two for the Road (1967) and The Grass Is Greener (1960). He died on March 5, 2003 in Langford, Oxfordshire, England.

Costume and Wardrobe Department, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Self,

ET Online: Years & Years' Olly Alexander and Clean Bandit's Neil Amin-Smith Kiss Onstage and Give Us All Relationship Envy. Amin-Smith was telling Gay Times: “Olly and I are romantic with each other, we have to because we don’t see each other very much so when we are reunited it’s always quite intense. http://www.etonline.com/news/171463_years_years_olly_alexander_and_clean_bandit_neil_amin_smith_kiss_onstage/

41. Sutan Amrull

Actor | Angels!

Sutan Amrull was born on June 14, 1974 in Baldwin Park, California, USA. He is known for his work on Angels! (2000), Style Her Famous (2006) and Hey Qween (2014).

Female Impersonator/Makeup Artist, America's Next Top Model

42. Simon Amstell

Writer | Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Amstell was born on 29 November 1979 and was raised in Gants Hill, London. The lively and determined chap made his first television appearance in 1993 when he appeared as a contestant on the Channel 4 game show GamesMaster (1992-1998), which he unfortunately lost, but this did not falter him on his...

Writer/Actor, Grandma's House

43. Elena Anaya

Actress | La piel que habito

Spanish actress Elena Anaya impressed the critics with her performance in Sex and Lucia (2001).

Elena was born in Palencia, Spain, on July 17th, 1975. An active child, she excelled in karate and mountain climbing. By the time she was 17 Elena knew that she wanted to channel her energy into being an ...

Actress,

Wikipedia: Partner Beatriz Sanchís (2008–present) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Anaya

44. Darla K. Anderson

Producer | Coco

Every time she's produced a Pixar film, Bonnie Hunt has been given a role.

Producer, Monsters, Inc.

45. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. ...

Actress,

N.Y. Daily News: Gillian Anderson of ‘The X-Files’ reveals she's had several lesbian relationships. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/gillian-anderson-x-files-reveals-romantic-relationships-women-article-1.1038879

46. Lindsay Anderson

Director | If....

Lindsay Anderson was born on April 17, 1923 in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India as Lindsay Gordon Anderson. He was a director and actor, known for If.... (1968), Britannia Hospital (1982) and O Lucky Man! (1973). He died on August 30, 1994 in Angoulême, Charente, France.

Director

47. Mitchell Anderson

Actor | Jaws: The Revenge

Mitchell Anderson was born on August 21, 1961 in Jamestown, New York, USA as Mitchell Ogren Anderson. He is an actor, known for Jaws: The Revenge (1987), The Last Place on Earth (2002) and Popular (1999).

Actor, Doogie Howser-M.D.

48. R. Christian Anderson

Producer | When the World Came to San Francisco

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, Christian's passion for film came at an early age. His mother, Lita, was a radio personality for station KMPC, at the time a music and entertainment station. She took him to many movie premieres she covered in her broadcasts, so he was able to meet many ...

Writer, Tea and Destiny

49. Terry Anderson

Producer | The Night Listener

Terry Anderson was born on April 11, 1959 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Night Listener (2006), The Young Graduates (1971) and Cindy and Donna (1970).

Producer/Writer,

IMDB Trivia: Armistead Maupin's former long-term romantic partner; their relationship was fictionalized in multiple story lines of Maupin's Barbary Lane books and The Night Listener, as well as their corresponding mini-series and feature films.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0027501/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_2

50. Rainer Andersson

Actor | Pillertrillaren

Rainer Andersson is an actor, known for Pillertrillaren (1994) and Bert (1994).

Actor,

The Daily Mail: The couple that shop together: Victor Garber steps out with partner Rainer Andreesen after recently confirming their long term relationship. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2283432/The-couple-shop-Victor-Garber-enjoys-afternoon-boyfriend-Rainer-Andreesen-recently-confirms-longterm-relationship.html

51. Paolo Andino

Actor | Criminal Minds

Paolo Andino is an actor, known for Criminal Minds (2005), Modern Family (2009) and American Crime Story (2015).

Actor, The Big Gay Sketch Show

52. Michael Angelakos

Soundtrack | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Michael Angelakos was born on May 19, 1987 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

Singer,

Band: Passion Pit

Daily Mail: Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, 28, comes out as gay and admits he 'wanted so badly to be straight' for his wife. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3312131/Passion-Pit-frontman-Michael-Angelakos-28-comes-gay-admits-wanted-badly-straight-wife.html

53. Casper Andreas

Actor | Flatbush Luck

Casper is an actor, writer, director and film producer who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City. He first moved to New York to study acting and directing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

As an actor, he has guest-starred on "Hawaii Five-0" and on the Hulu series "...

Actor, The Big Gay Musical

54. Harry Andrews

Actor | The Hill

British character actor Harry Andrews had the sort of massive granite face and square jaw that would stamp that career, but he set himself apart with brilliant stage and screen work. He had graduated from Wrekin College in Shropshire and then moved on to the stage, appearing with Liverpool ...

Actor, Death on the Nile

55. Maxene Andrews

Actress | Buck Privates

Ms. Andrews and her sisters, Patty and Laverne, were one of the most successful women's singing groups, with 19 gold records and sales of nearly 100 million copies. The sisters began performing in the early 1930's when the Depression wiped out their father's business. In 1937, the trio of sisters ...

Singer/Actress,

One Third of The Andrews Sisters

Part of The Sewing Circle; Wikipedia for Alla Nazimova: It was Alla Nazimova who coined the phrase "sewing circle" as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alla_Nazimova

56. Kenneth Anger

Director | Fireworks

Kenneth Anger grew up in Hollywood and started out as a child actor, but his interest in filmmaking was evident at an early age: he made his first film, "Who's Been Rocking My Dreamboat?", at age 9. Anger developed into one of the pioneers of the American underground film movement. His gritty, ...

Writer/Director, Hollywood Babylon

57. Ant

Actor | The Underground Comedy Movie

Celebrity comedian ANT was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, comedian , host, producer and writer. In July 1993, he legally changed his name to ANT from Anthony Steven Kalloniatis. The correct orthography is ANT, spelled in all caps.

Born to Greek immigrant parents (Lee and Maria -...

Actor, Twin Falls Idaho

58. Steve Antin

Writer | Burlesque

Steve moved to Los Angeles, where he made his film debut in the teen-aged slasher flick, Sweet 16 (1983), opposite Bo Hopkins. The following year, he broke all of the girls hearts in the popular Cannon-produced film, The Last American Virgin (1982), alongside Lawrence Monoson. Roles in The Goonies ...

Actor, The Goonies

59. Alistair Appleton

Actor | Doctor Who

Alistair Appleton was born in 1970 in Tunbridge Wells to parents Peter and Sally. He gained 10 O-levels and 3 A-levels at St. John's Catholic School and in 1988 went to Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge (UK) where he studied for a degree in English Literature. Whilst at ...

TV Host/Self,

Wikipedia: Appleton is openly gay, and came out at university. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Appleton

60. Gregg Araki

Director | Mysterious Skin

Gregg Araki was born on December 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Mysterious Skin (2004), Kaboom (2010) and White Bird in a Blizzard (2014).

Producer/Director/Writer/Editor/Cinematographer,

Wikipedia: Araki self-identified as gay until 1997, when he entered a relationship with actress Kathleen Robertson, whom he directed in Nowhere. The relationship ended in 1999. Araki has since mainly dated men. He now identifies as bisexual. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregg_Araki

61. Coby Archa

Self | Survivor

Coby Archa was born on September 8, 1972 in Abilene, Texas, USA.

Self,

Gay With Ids: Helping Gay Dads Navigate Fatherhood. https://gayswithkids.com/team-member/coby-archa/

62. Jesse Archer

Actor | A Four Letter Word

Jesse Archer was born on June 30, 1974 in Oregon, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for A Four Letter Word (2007), Violet Tendencies (2010) and Half-Share (2011).

Producer/Director/Actor/Self,

Gay Cities: What does pride mean to you? Pride is a celebration of self-expression. Being able to stand out and sparkle —- without fear, shame, or having to hide. http://www.gaycities.com/outthere/145/what-pride-means-to-me-jesse-archer/

63. Michael Arden

Actor | Source Code

Michael Arden was born on October 6, 1982 in Midland, Texas, USA as Michael Jerrod Moore. He is an actor and director, known for Source Code (2011), Bride Wars (2009) and The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012). He has been married to Andy Mientus since August 18, 2016.

Actor, Grey's Anatomy

Wikipedia: Arden is openly gay, and as of 2013 in a relationship with Smash star Andy Mientus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Arden

64. Emile Ardolino

Director | Dirty Dancing

Emile Ardolino was born on May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) and He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983). He died on November 20, 1993 in Bel Air, California, USA.

Director, Dirty Dancing

65. Austin Armacost

Self | The A-List: New York

Austin Armacost has been married to Jake Lees since July 26, 2010.

Self,

PETA: Model Austin Armacost Urges Gay Designers to Leave Fur Behind. http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=16374

66. Adrian Armas

Actor | Mystery Men

Adrian Armas was born on January 30, 1977 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA. He is an actor and cinematographer, known for Mystery Men (1999), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and 13 Going on 30 (2004).

Actor,

Gay City News: “I had fear put into me by agents and other dancers and actors who said dancers are swishy and feminine. And that started some self-hatred, and I started hating everybody else. It was a horrible time. There was no hope — I wanted to be famous as an actor, but personally, I was miserable. I always felt [being closeted] kept me from being successful." http://gaycitynews.nyc/gay-actors-improvising-opportunities/

67. Darryl Armbruster

Actor | Old School

Darryl Armbruster hails from the Pacific Northwest where he was cast as the lead in the first play for which he ever auditioned and never looked back. He got his feet wet in community theatre which took him from Tacoma to Seattle in plays and musicals from Carousel and Side by Side by Sondheim to ...

Assistant Director/Actor/Self,

Wikipedia: Armbruster is the partner of actor Jon Polito. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Armbruster

68. Jillian Armenante

Actress | The Dark Knight Rises

Jillian Armenante was born on July 5, 1968 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Backseat (2018) and Bad Teacher (2011). She has been married to Alice Dodd since February 2004. They have two children.

Producer/Writer/Actress/Self,

Wikipedia: With Alice Dodd, her wife, Armenante co-produced, co-directed and co-wrote Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog and In Flagrante Gothicto at the Circle X Theatre Company. Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog won the Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for "Best New Musical" and "Best Musical Production". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jillian_Armenante

69. Billie Joe Armstrong

Soundtrack | The Simpsons Movie

Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Piedmont, California, a small town surrounded by the city of Oakland, and was raised in Rodeo, California, the youngest of six children of Ollie (Jackson) and Andrew "Andy" Marsicano Armstrong. His father worked as a jazz musician and truck driver for Safeway Inc. ...

Musician/Soundtrack, The Simpsons Movie

Wikipedia: Armstrong has identified himself as bisexual, saying in a 1995 interview with The Advocate, "I think I've always been bisexual. I mean, it's something that I've always been interested in. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Joe_Armstrong

70. Chip Arndt

Self | The Amazing Race

Chip Arndt was born on October 2, 1966 as Willis Chapman Arndt Jr.

Self, Amazing Race 4

71. Peter Arne

Actor | Straw Dogs

Peter Arne was for a short time the perfect villain in British film. After a couple of roles in war movies (The Purple Plain (1954) and The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)) and a Tarzan movie (Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)) he became a villain in Strangers' Meeting (1957). From than on he continued ...

Actor, The Return of the Pink Panther

Producer/Director/Writer, What Happens Next

73. Johnny Arthur

Actor | The Monster

American actor who specialized in timid or whiny characters. He appeared on the stage in England and in the USA, and performed in musical comedy. He began his film work in silents and often worked in the films of Hal Roach.

Actor,

Queerty: This Sunday, golden-age gay actor Johnny Arthur will finally get a tombstone, more than 60 years after he died. Before the advent of the Hayes Code, which banned even implicit depictions of homosexuality, Arthur was well known for over-the-top fey roles in movies like The Desert Song, Going Wild, and The Monster. After the code was instituted, Arthur was limited to wimpy hetero roles, like Spanky’s father in the Our Gang serials. http://www.queerty.com/pre-code-gay-actor-johnny-arthur-finally-gets-his-due-in-death-20121122

74. Robert Arthur

Actor | Ace in the Hole

American actor, primarily of youthful secondary roles. He studied at the University of Washington. He maintained a concurrent career as a radio announcer.

Actor, Twelve O'Clock High

75. Dorothy Arzner

Writer | Breed of the Border

Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a ...

Director, Dance, Girl, Dance

76. John Ashbery

Writer | The Forbidden Room

John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York, USA as John Lawrence Ashbery. He was a writer, known for The Forbidden Room (2015), Raymond Roussel: Le Jour de Gloire (2017) and Double je (2002). He was married to David Kermani. He died on September 3, 2017 in Hudson, New York.

Writer/Poet,

IMDB Bio: He was married to David Kermani. He died on September 3, 2017 in Hudson, New York. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1432797/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

77. Antoine Ashley

Actor | 15 Films About Madonna

Antoine Ashley was born on December 17, 1984 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for 15 Films About Madonna (2006), For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation in the Visible) and RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! (2010). He died on October 1, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Female Impersonator/Actor/Self,

AKA:Sahara Davenport

Co-Host/Self,

Wikipedia 1 Girl 5 Gays: The rotating panel of gay men included Michael Yerxa, Jean-Paul Bevilacqua, Juan Manuel Gonzalez Calcaneo, Jonathan Morton-Schuster, Matt Barker, Dean McArthur, Matt Santos, Philip Tetro, Ian Lynch, Andrew Edwards, Jake Mossop, Thomas Trafford, Ishmael Furoz, Jonathan Nathaniel, Gerry King, Simon Lysnes, Max Claude, Alex Brown, Jason Yantha, Dillon Scheenaard, Alex Illest, JP Larocque, Rafay Agha, Gabriel Rojas, Jae MT, Kiel Hughes, Gaelan Love, Michael Lehman, Shawn Hitchins, Taylor James, Thomas Haskell, Chris Corsini, David Robert, Maurie Sherman, Ralph Rosario, Brad Blaylock, Ryan Carter, Ibrahim Hasan, Scott Do, Matthew Agius, Micha Baltman, Anthony Berarco, Matt Sims, Perez Hilton, James Bar, Jeffrey Bowers, Brett Ashley, Chase Hutchinson, Jonathan D. Lovitz, Mitchell Boucher, Mike Germanotta, Jamie Gillingham and Taurel Lorenz. A smaller number of episodes featured a panel of lesbians, including Brittany Leigh, Christina Mac, Brittany Emmons, Courtney Jean Milner, Valerie Bosso and Nicole DeLargie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1_Girl_5_Gays

79. Howard Ashman

Music_department | Beauty and the Beast

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Howard Ashman moved to New York City in 1974 and began writing plays while working as an editor in a publishing house. His work attracted attention and he became WPA Theatre's artist director in 1977. In 1982, Ashman collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the ...

Music Department, Aladdin

80. Patrick Askin

Actor | Nick and Nicky

Patrick Askin is an actor and writer, known for Nick and Nicky (2018), A Four Letter Word (2007) and Michael Clayton (2007).

Producer/Writer/Actor,

Facebook for Patrick Askin: Just to show how the times are-a-changing, my Dad who isnt too thrilled with the Gay thing and even less thrilled that his Gay son has written a Movie with a wedding scene finale that is a "Gay Catholic Wedding". https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPatrickAskin?_fb_noscript=1

81. Nils Asther

Actor | The Man in Half Moon Street

Nils Asther was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1897 and raised in Malmö, Sweden, by his wealthy Swedish parents. After attending the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm, he began his stage career in Copenhagen. His film debut came in 1916 when the director Mauritz Stiller cast him in the ...

Actor,

Wikipedia: The theatrical community and the film industry in the 1920s accepted gay actors with little reservation, always provided they remained discreet about their sexual orientation and there was no public suggestion of impropriety. Asther was closeted. He proposed marriage to Greta Garbo to hide the true nature of his sexual preferences. Asther and Garbo had known each other in Sweden, and finding themselves relatively new to a foreign land they spent a great deal of time together. They often visited a friend's ranch outside Hollywood where they could relax, ride horses, go climbing, or swim at Lake Arrowhead. "Sailor” was a favored term for Greta Garbo's male, gay/bisexual friends. In 1929 during filming on location in Catalina filming The Single Standard with Nils Asther, she was overheard berating the actor for grabbing her so roughly. “I'm not one of your sailors,” she reminded him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nils_Asther

82. Anthony Asquith

Director | The Browning Version

British film director Anthony Asquith was born on November 9, 1902, to H.H. Asquith, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his second wife. A former home secretary and the future leader of the Liberal Party, H.H. Asquith served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1908-1916 and was ...

Director, Pygmalion

83. Bill Aucoin

Self | Kiss: Beyond the Makeup

Bill Aucoin was born on December 29, 1943 in Ayers, Massachusetts, USA as William Martin Aucoin. He died on June 28, 2010 in Aventura, Florida, USA.

Self, Kiss: Beyond the Makeup

Wikipedia: He is survived by partner Roman Fernandez. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Aucoin

Makeup to Breakup by Peter Criss: As he discusses the development of KISS as a stage entity, Peter says it was two gay men who made all the difference. Bill Aucoin, their original manager was gay and out to the band and his closest associates. Aucoin kept Kiss solvent in those early years by robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. http://brianbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/01/from-makeup-to-breakup-my-life-in-and.html

84. Kevyn Aucoin

Actor | Zoolander

Kevyn Aucoin was born on February 14, 1962 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. He is known for his work on Zoolander (2001), The Night We Never Met (1993) and Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection (2009). He died on May 7, 2002 in Middletown, New York, USA.

Makeup Artist

Producer, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park

86. John August

Writer | The Nines

John August's screenwriting credits include Go (1999), Big Fish (2003), Titan A.E. (2000), Charlie's Angels (2000), and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John earned a degree in journalism from Drake University in Iowa and an MFA in film from the Peter ...

Producer/Director/Writer,

Wikipedia: August is openly gay. He married Michael August on June 28, 2008 during the four months same-sex marriage in California was recognized. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_August

87. Jamie Babbit

Director | But I'm a Cheerleader

Jamie Babbit was born on November 16, 1970 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA as Jamie Merrill Babbit. She is a director and producer, known for But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Silicon Valley (2014) and Girls (2012). She has been married to Karey Dornetto since 2014.

Producer/Director, Drop Dead Diva

Huffington Post: I'm happy to embrace any labels, because I feel like it's important to be a role model. I have a lot of labels. "Lesbian" would be one. "Bisexual," "mother," "white," "woman," "Midwestern" -- I embrace them all. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alexandra-roxo/queer-women-in-tv-jamie-babbit_b_3460189.html

88. Babydaddy

Soundtrack | Layer Cake

Babydaddy was born on September 1, 1976 in New York City, New York, USA as Scot Hoffman.

Soundtrack/Self,

AKA: Scott Hoffman Band: Scissor Sister

Wikipedia: Babydaddy is gay. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babydaddy

89. Don Bachardy

A Single Man

Don Bachardy was born on May 18, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Donald Jess Bachardy. He is known for his work on A Single Man (2009), Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) and The Stepford Wives (1975).

Writer, Frankenstein: The True Story

Soccer Player/Self,

Out Sports: Swiss player Ramona Bachmann came out at the World Cup. http://www.outsports.com/2015/7/7/8907981/ramona-bachmann-gay-world-cup

91. Joan Baez

Soundtrack | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Joan Baez was the middle daughter of Albert Vinicio and Joan Bridge Baez. At age 10, her father took a job (and the family) to Baghdad, Iraq, for a year, after which they moved to Palo Alto, CA, home of Stanford University. In 1956, she bought her first guitar and heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ...

Self, Woodstock

92. Tim Bagley

Actor | The Mask

Tim Bagley was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Madison and Trempealeau, Wisconsin, and Niles, Michigan, with his parents, Carol and Elwyn, and four siblings, Anne, Patrick, Kit and Dan.

After High School Tim moved to southern California to perform with the singing group "The Young ...

Producer/Actor,

Next Magazine: Playing a vagina doctor may be a nightmare from which more than a few gay men have awoken in a cold sweat, but for out actor TIM BAGLEY, who reprises his role as Dr. Pellegrino in Judd Apatow’s “sort of sequel” to Knocked Up, This Is 40, it’s become an unintentional career. “You know, that’s a weird thing. I’ve now been a gynecologist about six times,” the Los Angeles resident recalls. “But I’m the guy in Los Angeles that knows the least about a vagina!” http://www.nextmagazine.com/content/tim-bagley

93. Fenton Bailey

Producer | Party Monster

Fenton Bailey is a producer and director, known for Party Monster (2003), The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000) and Party Monster (1998).

Producer/Director, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

94. Jim Bailey

Actor | The Steve Allen Comedy Hour

Jim Bailey has acted in TV, movies and theater and has headlined at most of the major concert venues throughout the world, including several appearances at New York's Carnegie Hall--which was recorded and released--several runs at London's Palladium, Los Angeles' Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, Shubert...

Female Impersonator/Actor

95. Josephine Baker

Soundtrack | Princesse Tam-Tam

Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, MO, in 1906 to Carrie McDonald, a laundress, and Eddie Carson, a musician. Her early life hinted at her future career. She first danced for the public on the streets of St. Louis for nickels and dimes. Later she became a chorus girl on...

Dancer/Singer/Self,

Baker was bisexual. Her son Jean-Claude Baker and co-author Chris Chase state in Josephine: The Hungry Heart that she was involved in numerous lesbian affairs, both while she was single and married, and mention six of her female lovers by name. Clara Smith, Evelyn Sheppard, Bessie Allison, Ada "Bricktop" Smith, and Mildred Smallwood were all African-American women whom she met while touring on the black performing circuit early in her career. She was also reportedly involved intimately with French writer Colette. Not mentioned, but confirmed since, was her affair with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. http://holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com/2012/05/know-your-lgbt-history-josephine-baker.html

Part of The Sewing Circle; Wikipedia for Alla Nazimova: It was Alla Nazimova who coined the phrase "sewing circle" as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alla_Nazimova

Actress/Musician,

Pitchfork: I had a hot-pink mohawk in high school, and when I came out everyone was like, “We don’t care.” I hope we can dismantle the idea that the entire south is sitting on our porches spitting tobacco and hating gay people. http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1154-julien-baker-on-being-queer-southern-christian-and-proud/

97. John Balance

Soundtrack | The Doom Generation

He was born Geoffrey Laurence Burton on 16th February 1962 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, later adopting the Rushton surname of his stepfather, and was educated at Lord Willliams School. He studied voice and vocal technique with Saral Bohm, wife of the physicist David Bohm. He was a member of ...

Singer/Self, Duo: Coil

AKA: Geoffrey Burton

The Guardian: Coil was the only band based around a gay male couple and they delighted in the "male sexual chemistry" this created. In the mid-1980s, gay pop was coming out of the closet, but Coil were the first resolutely queer group; their words dealt with desire, disease, dirt, death and drugs, and their collages sounded dark, dank and dangerous. http://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/dec/11/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries

98. Steve Balderson

Director | Short Straw

Steve Balderson was born on January 19, 1975 in Manhattan, Kansas, USA as Stephen Clark Balderson. He is a director and producer, known for Short Straw (2018), Firecracker (2005) and The Casserole Club (2011).

Producer/Director/Writer,

Queerious: Well, from a life perspective I’d say that I’m a filmmaker who happens to be gay, instead of a gay director. If that makes sense. I see my career path like other filmmakers who happen to be gay, but they make non-gay movies. Like Gus Van Sant. He’s fantastic. http://queerious.com/2011/01/19/filmmaker-steve-balderson-on-his-new-picture-the-casserole-club/

99. Clare Balding

Self | London 2012 Olympics

Clare Balding was born on January 29, 1971 in Kingsclere, Hampshire, UK as Clare Victoria Balding. She is an actress, known for London 2012 Olympics (2012), Watson & Oliver (2012) and W1A (2014).

TV Sportscaster/Self,

The Guardian: My grandmother told me it was 'disgusting' that I was gay. BBC presenter tells Desert Island Discs she did not speak to her grandmother for six months after her sexuality became public. http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/dec/01/clare-balding-gay-grandmother-desert-island-discs

100. Long John Baldry

Actor | Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Born in Doveshire, England, in 1941, Long John Baldry (calledl "Long John" because he was 6'7") was a pioneer in the British blues-rock scene in the 1960s. He started out as a folk singer, often touring Europe with American folkie Jack Elliott (aka Ramblin' Jack Elliott). He switched to the blues, ...

Muscian/Actor,

Born: John William Baldry

Wikipedia: Baldry was openly gay during the early 1960s, at least amongst his friends and industry peers. However, he did not make a formal public acknowledgement of this until the 1970s—possibly because until 1967 in Britain, homosexuality was still a criminal offence that could lead to forced medication and/or jail time. Baldry had a brief relationship with lead-guitarist of The Kinks, Dave Davies.