Notable LGBT

So everyone seems to have some role models, so why not an LGBT role model?


Alan Turing

Age: 41 (June 23, 1912 – June 7, 1954)

Occupation: mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist

Most Known for: Halting problem, Turing machine, Cryptanalysis of the Enigma, Automatic Computing Engine, Turing Award, Turing Test, Turing patterns

Information: He helped to crack German codes in WW2, and in 1952, was prosecuted for being homosexual. They conducted hormonal treatments on him, and grew breasts because of this, he committed suicide in 1954.

Ellen DeGeneres

Age: 53 (January 26, 1958 – )

Occupation: Stand-up Comedienne, Television Host and Actress.

Most Known for: hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Voice of Dory (Finding Nemo) and Judge on American Idol Season 9

Information: started her own record label Eleveneleven, with Grayson Chance and Jessica Simpson signed under this label. She is the 15th cousin of Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Elizabeth (Kate Middleton).


Elton John

Age: 64 (March 25, 1947 – )

Occupation:English Rock Singer-Songwriter, Composer, Pianist and Actor

Most Known for: established the Elton John Aids Foundation, sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, writing soundtracks to The Lion King, Road to El Doraldo, Gnomeo and Juliet

Information: Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire


Freddie Mercury

Age: 45 (September 5, 1946 – November 25, 1991)

Occupation: British Musician, Singer and Songwriter

Most Known for: Lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, composed Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love  and We are the Champions

Information: He was born Farrokh Bulsara. In 2006, he was named one of the most influential Asian heroes in the past 60 years by Time Magazine. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers. Passed away due to AIDS.


George Takei

Age: 74 (April 20, 1937 – )

Occupation: Actor

Most Known for: his role as  Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek

Information: One of the founders of  the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Large advocate of gay rights, he releases many PSAs to help raise awareness for the LGBT.

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Harvey Milk

Age: 48 (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978)

Occupation: Politicain

Most Known for: First openly gay man to be elected to public office (in California)

Information: In 2002, Milk was called “the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States”. He was assassinated by previous supervisor Dan White.

Ian McKellan

Age: 72 (May 25, 1939 – )

Occupation: Actor

Most Known for: Playing Gandalf (Lord of the Rings), Magneto (X-Men series), The Toad (Flushed Away), Sir Leigh Teabing (Da Vinci Code)

Information: Came out in 1988, and is now a very prominent advocate for LGBT rights. He is a co-founder of Stonewall, an LGBT lobby group. He was knighted in 1991.

Jim Parsons

Age: 38 (March 24, 1973 – )

Occupation: Actor

Most Known for: Playing Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory), Human Walter (The Muppets)

Information: He has won 2 Emmys, 1 Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Television Award.



Neil Patrick Harris

Age: 38 (June 15, 1973 – )

Occupation: Actor, Musician, Director and Magician

Most Known for: Himself (Harold and Kumar), Will Fratelli (Beastly), Himself (The Muppets), Barny Stinson (How I Met Your Mother), Dr. Horrible (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog)

Information: He is a fan of magic and serves on the Board of Directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. He came out in 2006 and has two children from a surrogate mother with partner David Burtka.



Oscar Wilde

Age: 46 (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)

Occupation: Writer

Most Known for: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Information: He wrote plays, poems as well as books. He was married to Constance Lloyd, but also shared an intimate friendship with Lord Alfred Douglas.


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  1. As great as these peoples might be, I would also make it a point to shout out to Banard Rustin, a homosexual black rights activist –right hand member to MLK. Though he might not have -directly fought against LGBT discrmination/inequality, he was one of the few openly gay public figures in the day. Great guy, yo.


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