Top Ten LGBTQ People in History

The Top Ten
1 Frederick the Great 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 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 Bayard Rustin 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.

4 Isaac Newton 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.

5 Alexander Hamilton 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!

6 Oscar Wilde 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 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 Hans Christian Andersen 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.
9 Baron von Steuben 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.

10 Leonardo da Vinci 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.

The Newcomers

? Walt Whitman Walt Whitman Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called ...read more.
? Billie Jean King Billie Jean King
The Contenders
11 Julie d'Aubigny 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.

12 Selma Lagerlöf Selma Lagerlöf
13 Harvey Milk 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.
14 Greta Garbo 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.
15 Julius Caesar 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.
16 We'wha 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.

17 Jane Addams Jane Addams
18 Frida Kahlo 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.
19 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
20 Richard Lionheart
21 Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt

Those shoes, though.

22 Josephine Baker Josephine Baker
23 Alexander the Great 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.
24 Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf Adeline Virginia Woolf, born Stephen (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941), known professionally as Virginia Woolf, was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century.
25 Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau
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