List of gay, lesbian or bisexual people: A
This is a partial list of famous people who are confirmed to be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Famous people who are rumored to be gay, lesbian or bisexual, are not listed. The definition of sexual orientation varies and has changed over time; for example the word "gay" was not used to describe a person's sexual orientation until the mid 20th century. However, there has been a number of different words or slangs that have been used to describe sexual orientations since the mid-19th century. Several studies have found that much of the research about sexual orientation has failed to define the term at all, which made it difficult to find results of different studies. However, most definitions include a psychological component (such as a person's erotic desire) and/or a behavioral component (which is about a person's sexual partner/s). Some people prefer to simply follow their self-definition or identity .
The high numbers of people from the West on this list may be due to societies attitudes toward homosexuality. The Pew Research Center's 2003 Global Attitudes Survey found that "[p]eople in Africa and the Middle East strongly object to societal acceptance of homosexuality. But there is far greater tolerance for homosexuality in major Latin American countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. Opinion in Europe is split between West and East. Majorities in every Western European nation surveyed say homosexuality should be accepted by society, while most Russians, Poles and Ukrainians disagree. Americans are divided–a narrow majority (51 percent) believes homosexuality should be accepted, while 42 percent disagree."
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|Leroy F. Aarons||1933–2004||American||Journalist||G |
|Louise Abbéma||1858–1927||French||Painter, designer||L |
|Berenice Abbott||1898–1991||American||Photographer||L |
|Paula Aboud||b. 1950||American||Politician, activist||L |
|Boy Abunda||b. 1955||Filipino||Journalist||G |
|Zackie Achmat||b. 1962||South African||LGBT and AIDS activist||G |
|Roberta Achtenberg||b. 1950||American||Politician||L |
|Marc Acito||b. 1966||American||Author||G |
|Jean Acker||1893–1978||American||Actor, wife of actor Rudolph Valentino||L |
|Kathy Acker||1949–1997||American||Writer, feminist||B |
|J. R. Ackerley||1896–1967||English||Writer, arts editor of The Listener||G |
|Peter Ackroyd||b. 1949||English||Author||G |
|Harold Acton||1904–1994||English||Art writer, aesthete||G |
|Margie Adam||b. 1947||American||Women's Music performer||L |
|Mark Adamo||b. 1962||American||Classical music composer||G |
|J. C. Adams||b. 1970||American||Gay porn journalist||B |
|John Bodkin Adams||1899–1983||British||Doctor, suspected serial killer||G |
|Sam Adams||b. 1963||American||First openly gay Portland, Oregon City Council member, first openly gay mayor of a major city (Portland)||G |
|Stephanie Adams||b. 1970||American||Model, author||L |
|Tracey Adams||b. 1959||American||Porn performer||L |
|Jane Addams||1860–1935||American||Social reformer, Nobel prize winner||L |
|Gaye Adegbalola||b. 1944||American||Blues musician||B |
|Thomas Adès||b. 1971||English||Composer||G |
|Allison Adler||b. 1967||American||Television writer, producer||L |
|Patience Agbabi||b. 1965||English||Poet, performer||B |
|Dominic Agostino||1959–2004||Canadian||Politician||G |
|Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||b. 1971||American||Playwright, writer for Marvel Comics||G |
|Emperor Ai of Han||27- 1 BC||Chinese (Han Dynasty)||Head of state||G |
|Clay Aiken||b. 1978||American||Singer, songwriter, American Idol runner-up||G |
|Alvin Ailey||1931–1989||American||Dancer, choreographer||G |
|Jean-Jacques Aillagon||b. 1946||French||Politician||G |
|Dawn Airey||b. 1960||English||Television executive||L |
|Chantal Akerman||b. 1950||Belgian||Filmmaker||L |
|Pav Akhtar||b. ?||British||Politician||G |
|Faisal Alam||b. 1977||American||LGBT Muslim rights activist||G |
|Edward Albee||b. 1928||American||Playwright||G |
|John Alcorn||b. ? ||Canadian||Jazz musician||G |
|Sarah Aldridge||1911–2006||American||Author||L |
|Sibilla Aleramo||1876–1960||Italian||Writer||L |
|Alexander the Great||356–323 BC||Greek||King and conqueror||B |
|Michael Alig||b. 1966||American||Party promoter, murderer||G |
|Napier Sturt, 3rd Baron Alington||1896–1940||English||Peer||B |
|Sandra Alland||b. 1973||Canadian||Writer, artist, activist||L |
|Maud Allan||1873–1956||Canadian||Dancer||L |
|Marc Allégret||1900–1973||French||movie director||B |
|Chad Allen||b. 1974||American||Actor, gay activist||G |
|Paula Gunn Allen||b. 1939||American||Writer||L |
|Peter Allen||1944–1992||Australian||Entertainer||G |
|Ted Allen||b. 1965||American||Food and wine connoisseur||G |
|Christian Wilhelm Allers||1857–1915||German||Painter||G |
|Henry Alley||b. 1944||American||Author, academic||G |
|Baron Waheed Alli||b. 1964||English||Businessman, first openly gay peer in Parliament||G |
|Dorothy Allison||b. 1949||American||Writer||L |
|Eric Allman||b. 1955||American||Computer programmer||G |
|László Almásy||1895–1951||Hungarian||Explorer, spy||G |
|Pedro Almodóvar||b. 1949||Spanish||Filmmaker||G |
|Marc Almond||b. 1957||English||Rock musician||G |
|Anne-Marie Alonzo||1951–2005||Canadian||Writer||L |
|Joseph Alsop||1910–1989||American||Journalist||G |
|Bela Ewald Althans||b. 1966||German||Neo-Nazi activist||G |
|Dennis Altman||b. 1943||Australian||Academic, LGBT rights activist||G |
|Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, 21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia||1936–2008||Spanish||21st Duchess of Medina Sidonia||L |
|John Amaechi||b. 1970||English||Basketball player, broadcaster||G |
|Scott Amedure||1963–1995||American||"Jenny Jones Murder" victim||G |
|Alejandro Amenábar||b. 1972||Spanish||Filmmaker||G |
|Tom Ammiano||b. 1941||American||San Francisco City Supervisor, comedian||G |
|Stephen K. Amos||b. ?||British||Comedian||G |
|Simon Amstell||b. 1979||English||Comedian, television presenter||G |
|Sheldon Andelson||1931–1988||American||Politician||G |
|Brett Anderson||b. 1972||English||Rock musician (Suede)||B |
|Gordon Stewart Anderson||1958–1991||Canadian||Writer||G |
|Jane Anderson||1954||American||Actor, playwright, director||L |
|Lindsay Anderson||1923–1994||Scottish||movie director||G |
|Ruth Anderson||b. 1928||American||Composer||L |
|Sophie Anderton||b. 1977||English||Model||B |
|Mário de Andrade||1893–1945||Brazilian||Writer||G |
|Harry Andrews||1911–1989||English||Actor||G |
|Robert Andrews||1895–1976||English||Actor||G |
|Jerzy Andrzejewski||1909–1983||Polish||Author||G |
|Kenneth Anger||b. 1927||American||Filmmaker, author||G |
|Nadine Angerer||b. 1978||German||Football (soccer) player||B |
|Dallas Angguish||b. 1968||Australian||Writer||G |
|Alyson Annan||b. 1973||Australian||Field hockey gold medalist||L |
|Ant||b. 1967||American||Actor, comedian||B |
|Katharine Anthony||1877–1965||American||Biographer||L |
|Trey Anthony||b. 1974||Canadian||Comedian, playwright||G |
|Steve Antin||b. 1956||American||Actor, screenwriter||G |
|Antinous||110–130||Greek||Beloved of Roman Emperor Hadrian||G |
|Nickie Antonio||b. 1955||American||Politician||L |
|Laura Antoniou||b. 1963||American||Author||L |
|Gloria E. Anzaldúa||1942–2004||American||Writer||G |
|Kwame Anthony Appiah||b. 1954||Ghanaian||Philosopher, writer||G |
|Alistair Appleton||b. 1970||English||Television presenter||G |
|Bettina Aptheker||b. 1944||American||Activist, academic||L |
|Aleksey Apukhtin||1840–1893||Russian||Poet||G |
|Louis Aragon||1897–1982||French||Poet, novelist||B |
|Gregg Araki||b. 1959||American||Filmmaker||G |
|John Aravosis||b. 1963||American||LGBT rights activist||G |
|Bert Archer||b. 1968||Canadian||Writer||G |
|Reinaldo Arenas||1943–1990||Cuban||Writer||G |
|Pietro Aretino||1492–1556||Italian||Writer, satirist||G |
|Joey Arias||b. 1949||American||Performance artist, drag performer||G |
|Jillian Armenante||b. 1968||American||Actor, writer||L |
|Billie Joe Armstrong||b. 1972||American||Rock musician (Green Day)||B |
|Chip Arndt||b. 1966||American||Reality TV show contestant, LGBT rights activist||G |
|Alice Arnold||b. 1972||British||Newsreader||L |
|Robert Arnold||b. 1982||New Zealander||Pop musician||G |
|Jake Arnott||b. 1961||English||Author||G |
|Jean-Paul Aron||1925–1988||French||Writer||G |
|Willem Arondeus||1894–1943||Dutch||Painter||G |
|John S. Arrowood||b. 1956||American||Judge||G |
|Pat Arrowsmith||b. 1930||English||Writer, peace activist||L |
|Robert Arthur||1925–2008||American||Actor||G |
|Newton Arvin||1900–1963||American||Writer, academic||G |
|Dorothy Arzner||1897–1979||American||movie director||L |
|John Ashbery||b. 1927||American||Poet||G |
|Roy Ashburn||b. 1954||American||Politician||G |
|Howard Ashman||1950–1991||American||Lyricist||G |
|Frederick Ashton||1904–1988||English||Choreographer||G |
|Othniel Askew||1972–2003||American||Politician, murderer||G |
|Anthony Asquith||1902–1968||English||movie director||G |
|Rob Astbury||b. 1948||Australian||Journalist, television presenter||G |
|Nils Asther||1897–1981||Swedish||Stage and silent movie actor||G |
|Sverker Åström||b. 1915||Swedish||Diplomat||G |
|Karen Atala||b. 1964||Chilean||Lawyer, fighting for custody of her children||L |
|Kutluğ Ataman||b. 1961||Turkish||Filmmaker||G |
|John Atherton||1598–1640||English||Anglican bishop executed for buggery||G |
|Ron Athey||b. 1961||American||Artist||G |
|Toni Atkins||b. 1962||American||Politician||L |
|Ti-Grace Atkinson||b. 1938||American||Feminist author||L |
|Efva Attling||b. 1952||Swedish||Jewelry designer||L |
|Amelia Atwater-Rhodes||b. 1984||American||Writer||L |
|Alex Au||b. 1952||Singaporean||LGBT rights activist, writer||G |
|Kevyn Aucoin||1962–2002||American||Make-up artist||G |
|W. H. Auden||1907–1973||English||Poet||G |
|John August||b. 1970||American||Screenwriter||G |
|Michael Ausiello||b. 1972||American||Television journalist||G |
|Edward Avedisian||1936–2007||American||Painter||G |
|Kevin Aviance||b. 1968||American||Entertainer||G |
|Axel and Eigil Axgil||1915-2011
|Danish||First gay couple in the world joined in a civil union||G |
|Assi Azar||b. 1979||Israel||Television personality||G |
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