Best Review - Top 18 Famous and Obscure Real Gays and Lesbians

...and other LGBTQ characters! From popular culture to ancient Greece, singers to the military, some very interesting and inspiring people throughout history have fallen somewhere on the spectrum other than straight. There are some amazing personal stories out there, and this is a list of some of the best.

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Margarethe Cammermeyer

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Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer was a veteran of the US army, serving as a nurse for thirty one years around the world, including Vietnam. She reached the rank of Colonel and received a number of awards. She was both principled, strong, and successful and in 1991 she famously told the army that "I am a lesbian". She was discharged - and then successfully sued the army and was reinstated.

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The Pansy Craze

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The Pansy Craze was a period in the late 1920s and early 1930s in which gay clubs and performers (known as pansy performers) experienced a surge in underground popularity in the United States. Some of these performers, such as Ray Bourbon, Jean Malin and Bruz Fletcher, are well worth the time to read about.

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Sappho, born around 630 BCE on the Greek-settled island of Lesbos off the coast of Turkey, is one of the earliest writers in the western world.
Only fragments of her poetry have survived, preserved by later writers quoting her or on badly-damaged papyri reused as padding in late Egyptian mummies. Her poetry is the first to put into words an author's feelings and personal experience, as opposed to mythology or more public themes such as farming, war, philosophy and politics. In ancient times she was hailed as one of the best, if not the best, Greek poet, and later classical writers such as Horace and Catullus imitated her.
She is most famous for her love of women, and modern "Lesbians" take their name from Sappho's nationality.

Top 4

Emily Saliers

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Emily Saliers is one half of the Indigo Girls. Sure, that's what she is most noted for, but this lens focuses on her as an individual and her projects.

She's co-written a book, an owner of restaurants, an avid wine collector and has composed a film score all the while writing lyrics & music for numerous albums and touring around the US and the world. She sings, plays the guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele, and many other instruments. Add to that all of her work as a political and environmental activist and you've got one amazing woman.

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen Degeneres is a very funny comedian and talk show host. She has just announced her retirement as judge on American Idol. She is probably best known for a) having a storyline where someone comes out and b) coming out as a lesbian.

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Claude Cahun

Claude Cahun was a French artist, photographer and writer. Her work was both political and personal, and often played with the concepts of gender and sexuality. Born Lucy Schwob, she settled on the pseudonym Claude Cahun, intentionally selecting a sexually ambiguous name, after having previously used the names Claude Courlis and Daniel Douglas.

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Suzy Solidor

A French singer and actress,a she was openly lesbian. She opened a chic nightclub called La Vie parisienne and tried to become known as the "most painted woman in the world".

Top 8

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo was a charismatic, breathtakingly beautiful Nordic actress who set her own standards and became a legend in her own time. She had an unforgettable face with perfect bone structure and was voted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the most beautiful woman who ever lived. She was bisexual to lesbian, but little is known about her private life.

Top 9

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is many things - an accomplished singer-songwriter, a Grammy and Oscar winner, a gay activist, a lesbian mom, and a breast cancer survivor. Her music is a reflection of her life and our times. Life, love and politics - she covers it all from the viewpoint of a Kansas girl who made it big in music.

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Stephanie Silberstein

Stephanie Silberstein is a Squidoo lensmaster, published writer and asexual.

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Saint Sebastian

Known as the homosexual's saint because of his 'coming out' style martydom, and his association with plagues (in a time when homosexuality was considered a disease).

Top 12

Flynn the Cat

That's me - this page discusses online gender and my refusal to acknowledge where I am on it.

Top 13

Alexander the Great

The Macedonian Empire built by Alexander the Great is the one of the greatest empires ever built by man. He has often been referred to as a bisexual with keener interests in his male companions. His relationship with Hephaestion, his general, bodyguard and friend is often cited as proof to his homosexual traits.

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Ganymede was a beautiful prince from Troy, son of king Tros of Dardania and of Callirrho. Ganymede was known as the most beautiful of mortals, and was subsequently carried off by the gods (in the later story by Zeus himself, or by Zeus in the form of an eagle) to Olympus as Zeus's lover and to serve as cupbearer to the gods.

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The lover of Hadrian, Roman Emperor (117-138 BCE), Antinoos (or Antinous or Antinoo) drowned in the Nile very young and was deified by Hadrian.

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, playwright, poet and a great wit, was one of the most successful men of the late 19th century. He is also well known for being homosexual and was charged and imprisoned.

Top 17

Alan Cabal

An American periodical writer, former child actor, Satanist, singer, and circus roustabout, Alan Cabal has jaunted from one subculture to the next throughout his life.

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Julian Eltinge

Julian Eltinge (May 14, 1881 - March 7, 1941), born William Julian Dalton, was an American stage and screen actor and female impersonator.

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Educational. I knew about

Educational. I knew about Melissa E., Garbo, and Ellen D. but wasn't familiar with many of the others.
I had to check out your page. I don't try to hide my gender online, but I've certainly been referred to as a "he" many, many times despite the fact I'm female. Guess the doggy confuses people ;)