Top Ten LGBTQ People in History
His relationship with von Katte was so tragic. They were both going to runaway to Britain because Frederick's father would violently beat him. They got caught and were both punished. Von Katte's punishment was death, and Frederick was forced by his father to watch his lover's death. While watching the execution, Frederick begged "Please forgive me, my dear Katte, in God's name, forgive me! " Hans simply replied "If I had a thousand lives, I would sacrifice them all for you. There is nothing to forgive, I die for you with joy in my heart! " Von Katte's death affected him so much. It led to Frederick being in a period of depression and even some historians believe it's was led to him becoming so ruthless in battle.
An Enlightenment ruler, military genius, musician, composer for the flute, and correspondent with intellectuals. He was forced by his father to marry, but there was no affection in the relationship with his wife. Frederick was speculated to have had some male lovers, including Hans Hermann von Katte during his youth and the philosopher Voltaire during his reign over Prussia.
Prussian polymath that led scientific expeditions to South America & Central Asia. He traveled with young companions, studied botany, geology, and geography. He had MANY strong male friendships and romances with men. Some included Wilhelm Gabriel Wegener and Reinhardt von Haeften whom he declared that "Even if you must refuse me, treat me coldly with disdain, I should still want to be with you...the love I have for you is not just friendship or brotherly love, it is veneration."
An orphan from the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. He is one of the 7 Founding Fathers of the United States, helped write 51 of the 85 articles in The Federalist Papers, and was the first Secretary of the Treasury. He was part of Washington's Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. There he met John Laurens, whom to he wrote very suggestive letters and had a very intimate friendship with.
"Cold in my professions, warm in my friendships, I wish, my dear Laurens, to make it clear to you, through actions rather than words, that I love you." -Famous quote from one of Hamilton's letters to fellow soldier and abolitionist John Laurens
You never backed down, you never learned to take your time!
He was the main organizer of the black civil rights movement, especially the March on Washington. He was openly gay, but kept it out of the limelight.
An English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He developed the principles of modern physics, including the laws of motion, helped develop calculus, and is credited as one of the great minds of the Scientific Revolution. There has been speculation of him engaging in romantic relationships with his roommate John Wickens and Swiss mathematician Nicholas Fatio de Duillier.
He was an aesthete, witty conversationalist, that used subversive paradoxes in his plays. He had an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas while being married with two kids and was later imprisoned for his homosexuality.
She lived a very private life, secretly writing more than a thousand poems, characterized by lyrical intensity and paradoxes. She had an intimate relationship with Susan Gilbert Dickinson, to whom she wrote many passionate love letters.
A famous 17th century French opera singer who once took the holy vows to enter a convent just so she could have sex with a friend that had become a nun. She also had a habit of seducing women at parties, which would lead their husbands to challenge her to a duel. She was an expert duelist and killed 10 men like this.
He was a Major General that helped train George Washington's Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Before this, he was convicted of sodomy in his country of Prussia. He still engaged in homosexual activities with William North, Benjamin Walker, and Peter Stephen Du Ponceau while training the Continental Army.
A Native American "two-spirit" biological man that dressed in mainly women's attire. Their ambiguous sexuality marked a special link to the spirit world. An anthropologist invited them to Washington DC in 1866, where they were féted, photographed and widely discussed.