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I have purposely NOT listed anyone of "speculation", only where confirmation by either personal accounts, or public records prove the source of information on their sexuality.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 they claim not. For any of these people on the 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
These are personal comments, and some stories of people I have worked with throughout my career. Some are people you will recognize from being on camera. Some you may not know because they are never seen on camera, as their jobs are behind the camera to make what you see "believable".
Nothing scandalous will be said. So if that is what you are looking for ... you came to the wrong site. I do have the nickname "Mr. Secrets" in the industry because people know I will never tell the things I've sworn not to, nor say anything to hurt anyone intentionally.
I will say if they were nice or not. And in some cases elaborate in great detail why I am saying what I say.
However you should remember, just because they were nice or nasty to me, doesn't necessarily mean it is Their True Nature to ALL man and beast. As for the nasty ones, perhaps they just got out of bed wrong ... I'll leave that up to you to decide.
In any case ... I feel lucky to have worked with all of these people at least once in my life. Good or bad.
This is going to take a long time to compile, so keep checking back for updates with names, and additions to stories.
This list is not in any particular order ... it is created just when a name or face pops into my head.
Enjoy ... Damon Charles