Regarding his sexuality as a fundamental component of his creativity, Swedish painter Gösta Adrian-Nilsson (1884-1965), known as GAN, fostered the development of modernist art in his native country.
Responsible for such pop culture touchstones as Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and Sex and the City, writer-director-producer Darren Star (b. 1961) has had a prolific career in television.
Veteran activist Lilli Vincenz (b. 1937), who commenced her activism before Stonewall, also collected thousands of documents about the movement for glbtq rights; donated to the Library Congress, they provide scholars an invaluable resource.
Romantic friendship, an intimate and sometimes sexual relationship between same-sex friends, has long been a part of Western culture and is often celebrated in its literature.
Before the advent of the twentieth century, Female Romantic Friendships were largely perceived as normal and socially acceptable. Male Romantic Friendships have not been as widely accepted, but literary works from ancient epics and Elegies and Pastorals to modern war movies and Westerns celebrate intimate relationships between men.
|Jane Addams (1860-1935) was an American reformer, social worker, peace activist, and Nobel Laureate remembered as the founder of Hull House in Chicago. She had at least two long-term same-sex relationships that can be characterized as romantic friendships.|
|Aelred of Rievaulx (ca. 1110-1167) was an English abbot who developed a typology of friendship that separated spiritual, utilitarian, and carnal relationships with a particular emphasis on avoiding carnality. He cultivated "spiritual" friendships with young monks at his abby, though his relationship with the beautiful young monk Simon bears all the hallmarks of romantic friendship.|
|Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) is best known for her crusade for women's suffrage, but she spoke out on a broad range of feminist issues including temperance, property and custody rights, divorce laws, and educational and employment opportunities for women. Anthony enjoyed romantic friendships with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other women.|
|Boston Marriages--romantic unions between women that were usually monogamous but not necessarily sexual--flourished in the late nineteenth century. The term was coined in New England, around the time that numerous women's colleges such as Vassar, Smith, and Wellesley emerged.|
|Lady Eleanor Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1831), known as the Ladies of Llangollen, are an enduring emblem of female romantic friendship.|
|George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) was a poet and major celebrity known for a libertine lifestyle and risqué poetry in the England of his day. The bisexual writer pursued romantic friendships with young men throughout his brief life.|
|Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was a marine biologist who helped found the environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring. Carson enjoyed an eleven-year romantic relationship with Dorothy Freeman, a married woman.|
|Willa Cather (1873-1947) was one of America's premier literary artists in the earlier twentieth century. She reflected her own lesbianism in the creation of strong women characters and in the exploration of male homosexuality. For nearly forty years, Cather shared her life with Edith Lewis.|
|Marie Corelli (1855-1924) was a popular English novelist now known chiefly as a camp figure who inspired E. F. Benson's Lucia, a character on whom he based several novels. From 1876 until her death, Corelli lived with Bertha Vyver, who served as housekeeper, nurse, confidant, and intimate friend.|
|Charlotte Cushman (1816-1876) was one of the most famous actresses of her day, enjoying success on the stage in both the United States and Britain. Cushman, who had a series of sometimes tempestuous intimate relationships with several women, lived in a committed relationship with sculptor Emma Stebbins from 1857 until Cushman's death.|
|Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) wrote several poems and letters that expressed the sentiments of romantic friendship and hint at homoeroticism. Much of her romantic ardor appears to have been directed toward Susan Gilbert Dickinson, her sister-in-law.|
|Marie Dorval (1798-1849) was a popular nineteenth-century French actress who enjoyed an intense romantic friendship with the writer George Sand that fueled much speculation among Parisian gossips of the time, as well as among later biographers and historians.|
|Dutch Friendship Glasses were made on order to celebrate friendship in the eighteenth century, an era when sodomy was often punished with brutal public executions in the Dutch Republic. The glasses may also have covertly celebrated same-sex sexual desire.|
|Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930) wrote many short stories characterized by passionate devotion between women. "Two Friends" and "The Long Arm," two of the most important lesbian nineteenth-century lesbian stories, illustrate the climate of the time and place in which life-long partnerships between women were lived with community acceptance and support.|
|Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908), an American sculptor, was among a handful of successful women artists in the nineteenth century. She frequently scandalized the polite society of her day by her mannish dress and adventurous behavior. Her most intense relationship was with Louisa Ashburton, a Scottish noblewoman.|
|Henry James (1843-1916), the famous American-born nineteenth-century novelist and playwright, had a number of romantic and possibly sexual relationships with young men. His passion for other men imbues his fiction; and his novel The Bostonians explores a Boston Marriage.|
|Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) is a major figure in the literature of female romantic friendship and a prolific writer who produced fifteen novels for adults as well as several books for children. She experienced romantic friendship first-hand in her own Boston Marriage, which lasted from the early 1880s until her death.|
|Frances Kellor (1873-1952) was a progressive activist and intellectual who is today best known for having led the Americanization movement that greeted the Ellis Island generation of immigrants from 1906 to 1921. She maintained a Boston Marriage with fellow activist Mary Dreir that lasted 47 years.|
|Herman Melville (1819-1891), the author of Moby Dick (1851), expressed his homosexuality in male-male romantic relationships that occur frequently in his stories. Melville often used intimate male friendship as part of his broader critique of American imperialism.|
|John Milton (1608-1674), perhaps the greatest poet in the English language, wrote several poems that suggest that he had a relatively enlightened view of same-sex intimacy. His intense friendship with his boyhood friend Charles Diodati could be described as a romantic friendship.|
|Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is famous as the mother of modern nursing. She was a tough reformer who fought for her right to a career and an individual identity in the stifling atmosphere of Victorian England. Nightingale, who sometimes referred to herself as "a man of action," enjoyed the company of powerful men and was probably celibate, but she also had several important passionate friendships with women.|
|Plato (427-327 B. C. E.), the ancient Greek philosopher, created many works that celebrate male-male love. Male romantic friendship is the subject of The Symposium and The Phaedrus.|
|Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) was one of nineteenth-century Britain's most ambitious imperialists. Throughout his adult life, he conducted romantic friendships with younger male associates.|
|Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was an important advocate for the poor and oppressed and one of the most influential women in the world. She had strong attachments to women throughout her life. Some probably included sexual intimacy.|
|George Sand (Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, 1804-1876) is as infamous for her cigar-in-hand cross-dressing as she is famous for her eighty novels, twenty plays, and numerous political tracts. Her sapphic love for Marie Dorval, a famous Parisian actress and lover of Alfred de Vigny, seemed to go unnoticed amidst her many affairs with men.|
|Sarah Scott (1723-1795) was an eighteenth-century English novelist who challenged the sex-gender system of her society and claimed narrative authority for women loving women. In her personal life, including her long-term romantic friendship with Lady Mary Lumley, Scott found an alternative to the ruthlessly limited possibilities available to women in the eighteenth century.|
|William Shakespeare (1564-1616) included closely bonded female pairs and intimate male-male relationships in many plays and in The Sonnets.|
|Emma Stebbins (1815-1882) is remembered for sculpture produced in a ten-year period between 1859 and 1869. While studying sculpture in Rome, she met and fell in love with actress Charlotte Cushman with whom she lived from 1857 until Cushman's death in 1876.|
|Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), who was Poet Laureate during much of the reign of Queen Victoria, wrote In Memoriam, the most beautiful homoerotic elegy in the English language, which meditates on his romantic friendship with Arthur Hallam.|
|M. Carey Thomas (1857-1935) was one of the most prominent American educators of the early twentieth century. Thomas shared her home with Mamie Gwinn while serving as the second president of the women-only Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, a relationship that lasted until Gwinn married in 1904.|
|Virgil (70-19 B. C. E.) was a Roman poet and writer who wrote approvingly of male-male love in many of his works. The Aeneid offers the ancient world's most poignant account of male romantic friendship in the story of Nisus and Euryalus.|
|Lillian Wald (1867-1940), an American public health nurse and social reformer, is the model of a Victorian-era lesbian active in the Settlement House Movement. Though Wald drew almost all of her support from close female friends and used the language of romantic friendship when corresponding with many, she is not known to have established a long-term romantic attachment to any single woman.|
|Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), a major twentieth-century English author, treated homosexuality paradoxically, depicting some of his homosexual characters sympathetically and subjecting others to homophobic abuse. The most memorable romantic friendship in his work is that between Sebastian Flyte and Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited.|
|Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet who celebrated an ideal of manly love in both its spiritual and physical aspects. He figured male romantic friendship as the basis for a revitalized American democracy.|
|Anne Whitney (1821-1915) was a Boston sculptor who, as a woman in a male-dominated field, struggled for equality, chose subjects--abolitionists, feminists, and blacks--that reflected her liberal political and social beliefs. She is said to have lived in a Boston Marriage with painter Abby Adeline Manning.|
JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, 1890
BISEXUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN NOVELIST WHO TREATED LESBIANISM COVERTLY, 1891
PLAYWRIGHT AND A POWERFUL VOICE SPEAKING OF THE LIVES OF GAY MEN TODAY, 1937
THE FIRST OPENLY GAY U.S. FEDERAL JUDGE, 1947
ONE OF THE GREATEST 20TH-CENTURY BRITISH ACTORS, 1904
SCREENWRITER AND DIRECTOR WHOSE FILMS OFTEN FEATURE GAY AND LESBIAN CHARACTERS, 1955
QUINTESSENTIAL RENAISSANCE MAN, 1452
CLASSICAL SCHOLAR REMEMBERED FOR BOWDLERIZING PLATO, 1817
FAMED AMERICAN WRITER WHOSE SEXUALITY HAS COME UNDER RECENT SCRUTINY, 1843
"EMPRESS OF THE BLUES" WHOSE HISTORY IS FILLED WITH COLORFUL LEGENDS, 1894
PHOTOGRAPHER WHOSE GREATEST WORK MAY HAVE BEEN HIS DANCE IMAGES AND MALE NUDES, 1907
PHYSICIAN AND FOUNDER OF THE NATIONAL GAY TASK FORCE, 1924
PROLIFIC FILM, TELEVISION, AND STAGE PRODUCER, 1949
INFLUENTIAL 20TH CENTURY DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER, 1919
THE MOST POPULAR FEMALE BRITISH ROCK STAR OF THE 1960s, 1939
ACCLAIMED CONTEMPORARY GAY AFRICAN-AMERICAN POET, 1957
ONE OF THE GREATEST POETS TO HAVE WRITTEN IN MODERN GREEK, 1863
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT AND NOVELIST, 1897
A FOUNDATIONAL FIGURE IN THE BRITISH "FREE CINEMA" MOVEMENT, 1923
"COSTA RICAN-MEXICAN" SINGER AND PERFORMER WHO OPENLY EXPRESSES LESBIAN DESIRE, 1919
ACTOR MOST WIDELY REMEMBERED AS "THE SECOND DARRIN" ON THE TELEVISION SITCOM BEWITCHED, 1930
This feature lists people about whom glbtq.com has both entries and complete birth dates. Each person listed has made a significant contribution to or had a significant impact on glbtq culture or history. Most are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, though some are either heterosexual or cannot be adequately characterized using any of these labels.
On April 13, 2014, Itella, the Finnish postal service, announced that in September it will issue a series of stamps featuring the art of Tom of Finland, who created some of the most indelible--and erotic--images of twentieth-century gay life and fueled the fantasies of innumerable gay men. Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), an advertising illustrator, adopted the soubriquet Tom of Finland as a pseudonym in 1956 when he began submitting erotic drawings to the American bodybuilding magazine, Physique Pictorial.
The attempt by the Attorney General of Utah to block the adoptions of children by married same-sex couples is gratuitous cruelty and gives the lie to his claim in arguments before the Tenth Circuit that Utah's ban on the recognition of same-sex marriage has nothing to do with animus.
On April 10, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals convened in Denver to hear arguments in the case of Kitchen v. Herbert, the challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. Although questions posed during the oral argument of an appellate case are not necessarily a good indicator of how individual judges will ultimately vote, the judges appeared to be sharply divided in sympathy. Most observers of the hearing predicted that the panel is likely to rule in favor of marriage equality on a 2-1 split, with Judges Carlos Lucero and Jerome A. Holmes ruling in favor of the plaintiffs and Judge Paul J. Kelly Jr. deciding in favor of the defendants.
Congratulations to University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon on becoming the first Division I NCAA college basketball player to come out while still playing. Gordon, a 6'3" sophomore who started for all 33 UMass games this year, came out to his teammates on April 2, 2014. The news was revealed on April 9 by Outsports.com and ESPN.
New Orleans artist George Dureau died on April 7, 2014 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Best known for his male figure studies and narrative paintings in oil and charcoal and for his black-and-white photographs, which often feature street youths, dwarfs, and amputees, Dureau was notably versatile and worked in a number of media.
On April 7, 2014, the United States Supreme Court announced that it has declined to review Elane Photography v. Willock, a challenge to New Mexico's Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public accommodations. The case was brought by a photography business after they were successfully sued for refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.
On April 4, 2014, Judge Timothy Black announced that he will issue a ruling within 10 days declaring Ohio's ban on recognition of same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Judge Timothy Black made the announcement at the conclusion of a hearing in a lawsuit brought by three married lesbian couples expecting to give birth soon and a gay male couple seeking to adopt.
Congratulations to Iowa on five years of marriage equality. In a unanimous ruling announced on April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down the Iowa law banning same-sex marriage on equal protection grounds. Although the decision in Varnum v. Brien cost three Supreme Court justices their seats on the bench, their courage has been vindicated both by subsequent legal developments and by increased acceptance of marriage equality in the state.
Congratulations to actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert and rock singer and songwriter Linda Perry who wed on March 30, 2014 in Los Angeles in a sunset ceremony overlooking the ocean.
Congratulations to the United Kingdom on the arrival of marriage equality in England and Wales. Although the Same-Sex Marriage Act of 2013 officially went into effect on March 13, 2014, the first new weddings took place soon after midnight on March 29. In honor of the historic event, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had ordered the rainbow flag to be flown at Whitehall, the administrative offices of the U.K.'s central government.