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

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.

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

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1.
Marlon Brando
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 1949...
“ 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." ” - a-17
 
2.
Jean Acker
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 drama before she moved in front of the cameras...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
3.
Leon Acord
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 landed his first paying show-biz gig during this time...
“ Actor ” - a-17
 
4.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
5.
“ 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/ ” - a-17
 
6.
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" in J.M Barrie's "Peter Pan" in 1905...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
7.
Nick Adams
Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel, 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 He died in 1968 due to an overdose of drugs he was taking for a nervous disorder.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
8.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
9.
“ Director,
The Odyssey of Flight 33 ” - a-17
 
10.
“ Actor,

Wikipedia for Ramses Shaffy: In the 1960s, Shaffy had a relationship with Dutch actor Joop Admiraal.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramses_Shaffy ” - a-17
 
11.
“ Actor,
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay ” - a-17
 
12.
Adrian
Costume Designer, The Wizard of Oz
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 credited for that production by his created name of Gilbert Adrian...
“ Costume Designer,
The Wizard Of Oz ” - a-17
 
13.
Ray Aghayan
Costume Designer, Doctor Dolittle
“ Costume Designer,
Dr. Dolittle ” - a-17
 
14.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
15.
Clay Aiken
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 years old...
“ Singer,
American Idol ” - a-17
 
16.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
17.
“ Writer,
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ” - a-17
 
18.
Anna Margarita Albelo
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 Audience Awards...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
19.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
20.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
21.
“ Producer/Writer/Actor,
First Period ” - a-17
 
22.
Cris Alexander
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. Multi-talented...
“ Actor,
The Littlest Angel ” - a-17
 
23.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
24.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
25.
“ Actor,
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman ” - a-17
 
26.
“ Soundtrack,
Muriel's Wedding ” - a-17
 
27.
Ted Allen
Self, Chopped
Emmy Award winner Ted Allen is host of the hit prime-time competition series Chopped on the Food Network, and a frequent contributor to Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. He was a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo's Top Chef and Food Network's Iron Chef America: The Series and was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo series Queer Eye...
“ TV Host,
Chopped ” - a-17
 
28.
Jared Allman
An East Tennessee native, Jared Allman grew up on a 500-acre farm. He enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for three years before moving his studies to a school in a quieter area. In 2007, he earned a bachelor's degree in business from Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn. Following graduation...
“ 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." ” - a-17
 
29.
Néstor Almendros
Cinematographer, Kramer vs. Kramer
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 and two in New York...
“ Cinematographer,
Kramer vs. Kramer ” - a-17
 
30.
Pedro Almodóvar
Writer, Talk to Her
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 filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Writer,
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown ” - a-17
 
31.
Marc Almond
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 ” - a-17
 
32.
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 earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
33.
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 Thesis. His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
34.
Hardy Amies
Costume and Wardrobe Department, 2001: A Space Odyssey
“ Costume and Wardrobe Department,
2001: A Space Odyssey ” - a-17
 
35.
“ 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/ ” - a-17
 
36.
“ Female Impersonator/Makeup Artist,
America's Next Top Model ” - a-17
 
37.
Simon Amstell
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 climb to fame...
“ Writer/Actor,
Grandma's House ” - a-17
 
38.
Elena Anaya
Spanish actress Elena Anaya impressed the critics with her performance in "Lucía y el sexo" (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 and enrolled in a drama course being given in her local town by actor Manuel Moron...
“ Actress,

Wikipedia: Partner Beatriz Sanchís (2008–present)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Anaya ” - a-17
 
39.
“ Producer,
Monsters, Inc. ” - a-17
 
40.
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. In 1987...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
41.
“ Director ” - a-17
 
42.
“ Actor,
Doogie Howser-M.D. ” - a-17
 
43.
R. Christian Anderson
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, his 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. He was performing on live radio in commercials by the age of 3. She took him to many movie premiers on the boulevard that she covered in her broadcasts...
“ Writer,
Tea and Destiny ” - a-17
 
44.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
45.
“ Actor,
The Big Gay Sketch Show ” - a-17
 
46.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
47.
Casper Andreas
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 "Deadbeat"...
“ Actor,
The Big Gay Musical ” - a-17
 
48.
Harry Andrews
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 Repertory in 1933 and focusing on Shakespearean roles...
“ Actor,
Death on the Nile ” - a-17
 
49.
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 scored their first big hit with 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen'...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
50.
Kenneth Anger
Director, Eaux d'artifice
Kenneth Anger is an independent filmmaker and author. He claims to have appeared as the child prince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), but Warner Brothers production reports and casting sheets conclusively document that a little girl, child actress Sheila Brown, actually played the role. Anger did...
“ Writer/Director,
Hollywood Babylon ” - a-17
 
51.
Ant
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 - whom he talks about frequently in his stand-up routines)...
“ Actor,
Twin Falls Idaho ” - a-17
 
52.
Steve Antin
Writer, Burlesque
Steve moved to Los Angeles, where he made his film debut in the teen-aged slasher flick, Sweet 16, opposite Bo Hopkins. The following year, he broke all of the girls hearts in the popular Cannon-produced film, The Last American Virgin, alongside Lawrence Monoson. Roles in The Goonies and Survival Quest...
“ Actor,
The Goonies ” - a-17
 
53.
Alistair Appleton
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 University...
“ TV Host/Self,

Wikipedia: Appleton is openly gay, and came out at university.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Appleton ” - a-17
 
54.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
55.
“ Self,

Gay With Ids: Helping Gay Dads Navigate Fatherhood.
https://gayswithkids.com/team-member/coby-archa/ ” - a-17
 
56.
“ 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/ ” - a-17
 
57.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
58.
“ Director,
Dirty Dancing ” - a-17
 
59.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
60.
“ 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/ ” - a-17
 
61.
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 Equus and The Shadow Box...
“ Assistant Director/Actor/Self,

Wikipedia: Armbruster is the partner of actor Jon Polito.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Armbruster ” - a-17
 
62.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
63.
Billie Joe Armstrong
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. to support his family...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
64.
“ Self,
Amazing Race 4 ” - a-17
 
65.
Peter Arne
Peter Arne was for a short time the perfect villain in British film. After a couple of roles in war movies (The Purple Plain and The Cockleshell Heroes) and a Tarzan movie (Tarzan and the Lost Safari) he became a villain in Strangers' Meeting. From than on he continued to play sinister types in The Moonraker, Intent to Kill...
“ Actor,
The Return of the Pink Panther ” - a-17
 
66.
“ Producer/Director/Writer,
What Happens Next ” - a-17
 
67.
Johnny Arthur
Actor, My Stars
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 ” - a-17
 
68.
Robert Arthur
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 ” - a-17
 
69.
Dorothy Arzner
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 German-American father and a Scottish mother...
“ Director,
Dance, Girl, Dance ” - a-17
 
70.
“ Female Impersonator/Actor/Self,

AKA:Sahara Davenport ” - a-17
 
71.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
72.
Howard Ashman
Music Department, Aladdin
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 musical "Little Shop of Horrors"...
“ Music Department,
Aladdin ” - a-17
 
73.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
74.
Anthony Asquith
Director, Pygmalion
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 subsequently elevated to the hereditary peerage...
“ Director,
Pygmalion ” - a-17
 
75.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
76.
“ Makeup Artist ” - a-17
 
77.
“ Producer,
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park ” - a-17
 
78.
John August
Writer, Big Fish
John August's screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Titan A.E., Charlie's Angels, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. 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 Stark program at the University of Southern California...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
79.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
80.
Babydaddy
Soundtrack, Layer Cake
“ Soundtrack/Self,

AKA: Scott Hoffman
Band: Scissor Sister

Wikipedia: Babydaddy is gay.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babydaddy ” - a-17
 
81.
“ Writer,
Frankenstein: The True Story ” - a-17
 
82.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
83.
Joan Baez
Self, Woodstock
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 lecture on nonviolence; the following year...
“ Self,
Woodstock ” - a-17
 
84.
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 Americans," while majoring in Art with a minor in Psychology at California State University Fullerton...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
85.
“ Producer/Director,
The Eyes of Tammy Faye ” - a-17
 
86.
Jim Bailey
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 and Wiltern theaters...
“ Female Impersonator/Actor ” - a-17
 
87.
Josephine Baker
Actress, Zouzou
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 the St...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
88.
John Balance
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 Psychic TV...
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
89.
“ 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/ ” - a-17
 
90.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
91.
“ 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. ” - a-17
 
92.
“ Model/Actress,

Wikipedia: In 2014, the rapper Angel Haze said they and Baldwin were romantically involved as a couple. That same year, Baldwin posted an Instagram image of herself and Haze captioned, "[Y]eah it's national girlfriend day... so of course."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland_Baldwin ” - a-17
 
93.
“ Writer,
Where the Heart Is ” - a-17
 
94.
“ Producer,
American Beauty ” - a-17
 
95.
“ Self,

Arts Hub:Tom Ballard is what he is, and what he is, is gay.
http://au.artshub.com/au/news-article/reviews/performing-arts/tom-ballard-is-what-he-is-183320 ” - a-17
 
96.
“ Actor,

DNAinfo: Balof is an openly gay man who moonlights as a standup comic and MC at Boystown's Sidetrack bar and has acted in independent films.
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130618/uptown/cps-teacher-i-am-not-racist-gay-porn-actor-as-blogger-claims ” - a-17
 
97.
“ 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 ” - a-17
 
98.
“ Makeup Artist,
Somebody Killed Her Husband ” - a-17
 
99.
Tallulah Bankhead
Actress, Lifeboat
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31, 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a mover and shaker in the Democratic Party who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from June 4, 1936, to September 16, 1940. Tallulah had been interested in acting and, at age 15...
“ Actress/Self,
Stage Door Canteen

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 ” - a-17
 
100.
“ Self,

SDGLN: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- "Survivor" star Caleb Bankston, who was openly gay, died in a horrific accident on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 26.
http://www.sdgln.com/social/2014/06/25/openly-gay-survivor-star-dies-tragic-accident ” - a-17