Top Ten LGBTQ People in History

The Top Ten
1 Frederick the Great

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.

2 Alexander von Humboldt

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."

3 Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman, politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

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

Alexander Hamilton
You never backed down, you never learned to take your time!

4 Bayard Rustin

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.

5 Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton PRS was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.

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.

6 Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel ...read more.

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.

7 Emily Dickinson Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet . Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts . ...read more.

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.

8 Julie d'Aubigny

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.

9 Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen, often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875), was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children: his ...read more.
10 Greta Garbo Greta Garbo, born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), was a Swedish-born American film actress during the 1920s and 1930s. ...read more.

The Newcomers

? Marlene Dietrich Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship. This internationally famed actress cum singer was a frontline performer with an amazing long career in the show business. One of the highest paid actresses ...read more.
? Little Richard Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is widely regarded to be one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.
The Contenders
11 Baron von Steuben

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.

12 Selma Lagerlöf
13 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar, known by his cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.
14 Harvey Milk Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Tragically, he was killed the following year.
15 Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits.
16 Gertrude Stein
17 Jane Adams
18 Josephine Baker
19 We'wha

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.

20 Christopher Marlowe
21 Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, ...read more.
22 Alexander the Great Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.
23 Alan Turing Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist.
24 Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.
25 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.
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