Homosexuality has its roots as deep as that of human civilization and has been mentioned in many scripture and old historical works. The word ‘Gay’ was initially used to express gaudy or carefree and gradually it entailed some sense of immorality too. In later developments the word gay referred to sexual attraction among men but currently the term is used to express people of the same sex having sexual attraction between them.
1 . Michelangelo
Michelangelo Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on March6, 1475 in Carese near Arezzo, Florence, Italy. He died in Rome, Papal States, and Italy on February 18, 1564. The creation of Adam, Pieta and Sistine Chapel Ceiling are his most famous works. Michelangelo completed the Statue of David in 1504 and it is considered as one of the most famous works of Renaissance. An account of his gay love was given by Tommaso dei Cavalieri who met Michelangelo at the age of 57 and expressed his love for Michelangelo saying, ‘I swear to return your love. Never have I loved a man more than I love you, never have I wished for a friendship more than I wish for yours’.
2. Judy Garland
Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.on June 10, 1922 and died at Chelsea, London, England on June 22, 1969 reportedly due to accidental overdose of barbiturate. Her Birth name was Frances Ethel Gumm. She was at times known by her nick names ‘Baby Gumm, Miss Show Business, and Joots’. Judy Garland is popularly known as ‘My Judy’ in the gay community on account of their feeling of friendliness for her. She gave confidence to many, and enabled them to express themselves just as they felt. In the golden era of Hollywood; Judy Garland was one of the best stars and known for her warmth, gifted spirit and speech.
3. Elvis Aaron Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S, on January 8, 1935 and died at Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. He was the best musician actor of his time. He staged a live concert; Aloha from Hawaii, via satellite viewed by more than ¹.5 billion people. The cultural Icon, Elvis is known as King of the Rock and Roll. He is considered the bestselling solo singer He won three gammys and a Grammy Lifetime achievement Award. He was a bisexual and attracted both sexes. The well known critic Mark Fenny reported about him, ‘I am straight as an arrow and I got to tell you, you stop, whether you are male or female, to look at him. He was that good looking’.
4. Elton John
Elton John was born in Pinner, Middlesex, England, on March 25, 1947. He got his early education at Pinner Wood Junior High School and Pinner County Grammar School. Both his parents were music lovers and used to buy records. Elton was impressed by the records of Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His comets. The Walt Disney Company named him as a ‘Disney Legend’ in appreciation to his remarkable contributions. John joined a campaign ‘Give a Damn Campaign’ intended to win favor of people for LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender’. In addition to many others, his honors include; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Song writers Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of fame, CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth ÐŸ knighted him on February 24, 1998. John performed ‘Candle in the Wind’ in 1997, in memory of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales.
5. Alexander the Great
Alexander the great was born in Pela, Macedon on July 21,356 BC and died in Babylon on June 11, 323 BC. His full name was Alexander III of Macedon. ‘King of Macedon and Hagemon of the Hellenic League’ were his other tittles. At the age of thirteen Alexander’s Father Phillip, gave him in the tutelage of Aristotle who had many beloved boys and the teacher’s way of life impressed the student. Alexander’s love for his childhood friend ‘Hephaestion’ developed into legendary gay love. Alexander saw his love like Achilles and Patroclus.Both the friends stopped at the ruins of Troy in Ilium during a journey and laid garlands at the shrine of Achillus.Alexander ran naked around the shrine to pay homage to the hero. During Alexander’s travel to Ecbatana, his friend Hephaestion died. Alexander honored him with a ceremonial funeral.
6 . Marcus Ulpius Trajanus
Marcus Ulpius Trajanus was born September 18, 53 in the Roman province of Hispania Baetica in a suburban city of Sevilla, known as Italica. He was son of Marcia and Marcus Ulpius Trajanus. Trojan was one of the most dearly loved Roman Emperors and was a famous gay of his time, well known for his attraction towards young males, which in his time was not an uncommon social trend neither it was a social taboo. People were very well aware of his trends and Abgar VII; king of Edessa sent his young, handsome son to Trajanus in order to seek forgiveness for some misdeed on his part.
7. Ellen de Generes
Ellen Lee De Generes was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Lousiana, U.S. She got her early education from Atlanta High School and Grace King High School, Metairie followed by education in communication studies from the University of New Orleans. She is the most popular comedian and daytime TV Talk show host. Her show ‘The Puppy Episode’ had a historic bearing upon the gay culture. Degeners relationship with De Rossi came into limelight when De Generes gave a pink diamond ring to De Rossi and announced in May 2008 that they were engaged. They married on August 16, 2008 in their home .The legal status of their marriage was validated by the Supreme Court of California. Rossi changed her name legally to ‘Portia Lee James De Generes’ on September 23, 2010. The couple lives in Beverley Hills with three dogs and four cats. In 1997, De Generes announcement that she was gay, made cover story of the prestigious ‘Time’Magazine.Ellen and her wife Portia De Rossi bought Mr. Pitts Malibu Mansion for 49 million dollars.
8. Jane Marie Lynch
Jane Marie Lynch was born in Dolton, Illinois, U.S. on July 14, 1960. She got her early education at Thornridge High school and got Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. She got her MFA (Master in Fine Arts) from the Cornell University. She is a well known American Singer, Comedian and Actress. She is famous for her role of Sue Sylvester in the TV series Glee. For this role, she won Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She worked in more than 100 movies and T.V. Shows. Jane Lynch was one of the most prominent Gay actors in Hollywood and one of the busiest lesbians.
9. Lucy Lawless MNZM
Lucy lawless MNZM was born in Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand on March29, 1968. She is best known for playing Xena; Warrior Princess, the title character of the T.V. series of international fame and success.She studied German, Italian and French, at The University of Auckland. The People Weekly Magazine named her as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. Lucy Lawless became iconic lesbian on account of Xena, Gabrielle relationship and after performing graphic lesbian scenes in Spartus; Gods of The Arena. She appeared in gay pride events like Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. In 2004 she was honored with Newzeland Order of Merit, authorizing her use of MNZM after her name.
10. Amelie Mauresmo
Amelie Mauresmo was born in Saint-Germain-en-Lave, France on July 5, 1972. She is former number 1Wimbledon Winner and Olympic Silver Medalist. Her Lesbian Identity was projected by the media when she embraced her 31 year old girl friend, Sylvia Bourdon after beating Lindsay Davenport at the Australian Open. She was only 19 years then. Davenport commented on her game saying that Mauresmo ‘Played like a man’. She won enormous prize money and is considered one of the wealthiest players.
Homosexual, gay or lesbian relationship has been known to exist since the very advent of human civilization. At times it has been treated as platonic love while this relationship has been looked down upon from a viewpoint of many religions. Never in the history of mankind, has this relationship been as openly and as widely recognized as it has been in the current times. It is not the ‘homosexual, gay or lesbian, that needs to be defined, it is rather ‘marriage’ which needs to be redefined in current scenario.