Lists of Famous Homosexuals in gay history and literature. Part 2: Born 1800–1900: The Great Queers of History Compiled by Rictor Norton.
This is a referenced overview list of notable gay, lesbian or bisexual people, who have either been open about their sexuality or for which reliable sources exist. Famous persons who are simply rumored to be gay, lesbian or bisexual, are not included in list. The definition of sexual orientation has changed greatly over time and the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until.
The anonymous Love Letters Between a Certain Late Nobleman and the Famous Mr. Wilson was published in 1723 in England and was presumed by some modern scholars to be a novel. The 1749 edition of John Cleland's popular novel Fanny Hill includes a homosexual scene, but this was removed in its 1750 edition.
18 People in History You Didn't Know Were Queer. Bayard Rustin is the famous activist who helped Martin Luther King organize marches and demonstrations during the Civil Rights Movement.
Famous for his quote about the need for unity among minority communities, transplanted Brit Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Society in 1950, one of the modern world's first organizations for gay men.