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An index of performers and content creators who fall into the LGBT,note  intersex, and/or asexual spectrums. We please ask tropers to not speculate on anyone's sexuality and to not include creators that have not come out during their lifetimes, unless confirmed with family/loved ones.

See also Queer Media for a list of works with and about LGBT+ people.


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Artists

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  • Bryan and Simon Steel, a married gay couple and writer and artist respectively on AJ & Magnus, a comic strip about a boy and his dog being raised by his dads.
  • Dina M Nealey, bisexual Norwegian artist and author who primarily makes NSFW art.

    Fashion Designers 
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer and TV show host, had a 15-year relationship with Francis Menuge, who died of AIDS in 1990. He hosted Eurotrash in The Nineties, and designed wardrobe for The Fifth Element, among others.
  • Yves Saint-Laurent, French designer who had a 50-year relationship with businessman and LGBT rights supporter Pierre Bergé, from 1958 to his death in 2008. His life was dramatized in the 2014 French biography Saint Laurent.
  • Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, had a 15-year relationship with Antonio D'Amico, a model and later a fashion designer, that ended with Versace's murder by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997 which was dramatized in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace in 2018. He also was a wardrobe desinger for films such as Judge Dredd, Showgirls, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

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Comic Books

    Comic Book Artists 

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Entertainers

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     Performers and Personalities 
  • Josephine Baker, African-American singer, dancer, humanitarian, and French Resistance agent during the The Roaring '20s and The Great Depression. Was married to men and acknowledged to date women.
  • Clare Balding, lesbian sports commentator and presenter.
  • Stéphane Bern, French journalist and TV host who specializes in all things European monarchies and historic heritage. Made his coming out in 2009 after a magazine revealed his homosexuality.
  • Kevin Clash, director and puppeteer most known for performing as Elmo from Sesame Street, publicly came out in 2012 as gay in the face of two allegations of sexual impropriety against him.
  • Anderson Cooper, American journalist, author and television host is gay.
  • Jason Ellis, Australian skateboarder and radio host. Admits that he has had relationships with other men and identifies himself as bisexual.
  • Richard Hunt, puppeteer that portrayed Scooter in The Muppet Show, as well as a director of Fraggle Rock, was gay and died of HIV-related causes in 1992.
  • Laurent Ruquier, openly gay French TV and radio host.
  • Sandi Toksvig, lesbian comedian and radio/TV presenter.

     Professional Wrestlers 
  • Jake Atlas, gay independent wrestler signed to the WWE in 2019, becoming their first openly gay signee.
  • Shayna Baszler, former MMA fighter who is signed to WWE, is bisexual.
  • Sonya Deville, WWE Tough Enough participant and later signed to the main WWE roster, is WWE's first openly lesbian wrestler.
  • Kiera Hogan, African-American wrestler that has wrestled for WSU and Impact Wrestling. She came out in 2019 and revealed she was dating fellow female wrestler Diamante.
  • Jawsolyn, retired American female wrestler, identifies as lesbian, is in a relationship with Canadian wrestler Kaitlin Diemond.
  • Orlando Jordan, Former WWE and TNA/Impact Wrestling star, is openly bisexual and had a gimmick centering his bisexuality.
  • Chris Kanyon, Former WCW and WWE star who was one of the earliest openly gay wrestlers in the industry in the 2000's.
  • Sonny Kiss, openly gay wrestler that wrestles from independent promotions as well as All Elite Wrestling.
  • Rosa Mendes, professional wrestler and valet who first got her start from the WWE Diva Search, is bisexual.
  • Charlie Morgan, UK wrestler and retired in 2019. Came out 2017 as a lesbian.
  • Paige, inaugural NXT Women's Champion and former Divas Champion and retired as an active wrestler in 2018. Came out as bisexual in 2015.
  • Pat Patterson, Inaugural WWE Intercontinental Champion, known for his Camp Gay gimmick. Came out gay in 2012.
  • Jack Sexsmith, openly pansexual wrestler ("The Pansexual Phenomenon" being his in-ring Red Baron) and an LGBT+ activist that wrestles from independent promotions like Progress Wrestling and Defiant Wrestling, retired from injuries in 2019.
  • Nyla Rose, current AEW wrestler and first transgender wrestler to be signed to a major wrestling promotion, and the first transgender wrestler to hold a championship title in a major promotion.
  • Still Life with Apricots and Pears, identifies as non-binary, and, as the CHIKARA Young Lions Cup Champion, is the first openly non-binary Champion in wrestling history.
  • Darren Young, tag team wrestler that wrestled from WWE from 2005-2017, also came out as gay during that time, becoming the first professional wrestling to publicly be out while signed to a major promotion.
  • Viper, a Scottish wrestler who originally wrestled in indy promotions in the UK and Europe, mainly wrestled to World Wonder Ring Stardom before she signed to WWE as Piper Niven. She came out bisexual in 2019.

Filmmakers

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Music

    Musicians and Singers A-C 
  • Kevin Abstract, rapper and founding member of BROCKHAMPTON, is gay which he explores in his second album American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story.
  • Alexander James Adams, a transgender singer who previously went by "Heather Alexander". He's known for his folk, filk, and Celtic music.
  • Anohni, previously lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, now a solo singer-songwriter, is a trans woman.
  • Howard Ashman, a gay lyricist known for collaborating with Alan Menken on Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Died of AIDS in 1991.
  • Emilie Autumn, American singer-songwriter and violinist, is asexual.
  • Long John Baldry, a British musician and actor, was gay.
  • Azealia Banks, openly bisexual rapper known for hits such as "212" and "Anna Wintour.
  • Taylor Bennett, rapper and younger brother of Chance The Rapper, is bisexual.
  • Leonard Bernstein, gay American composer and conductor of the 20th century
  • Rebecca Black, American singer known for her hit "Friday" came out as queer in 2020.
  • David Bowie, singer and actor known for such hits as "Space Oddity", "Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes". Infamously flip-flopped on his sexuality over the years, describing himself as gay, bisexual, and "a closet heterosexual" in that order, but is generally regarded as at least bi-curious.
  • Phoebe Bridgers, American singer-songwriter, is bisexual.
  • John Cage, bisexual American experimental composer of the 20th century
  • Cardi B, Grammy award-winning rapper, is openly bisexual.
  • Wendy Carlos, legendary synth pioneer best known for helping develop the Moog synthesizer, and one of the first celebrities to disclose having undergone gender-reassignment surgery. Is perhaps best known for composing the soundtrack for A Clockwork Orange.
  • Vanessa Carlton, bisexual singer known for her hit "A Thousand Miles".
  • Aaron Carter, American singer, came out as bisexual in 2019.
  • Amy Cook, American singer-songwriter, is a lesbian.
  • Jayne County, former frontwoman of pro-punk band Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, and the first openly trans rock singer.
  • Simon Curtisnote , an openly gay singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and novelist, known for appearing in the Nickelodeon TV Movie, Spectacular!.
  • Miley Cyrus, former child actress and Child Popstar, who starred in Disney Channel TV show Hannah Montana. She describes herself as pansexual and genderfluid and is an outspoken LGBT activist.

    Musicians and Singers D-K 
  • Daya, best known for her 2016 smash "Sit Still, Look Pretty", she came out as bisexual in October 2018.
  • Ani Difranco, American singer-songwriter, is bisexual and sings about LGBT issues in her songs.
  • Fergie, American singer known for being part of The Black Eyed Peas and for her solo career, is bisexual.
  • Teddy Geiger, transgender singer known for the hit "For You I Will (Confidence)".
  • Alison Goldfrapp, British singer, is bisexual.
  • Lesley Gore, American singer-songwriter best known for her songs "It's My Party", "You Don't Own Me" and "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows", was lesbian.
  • Steve Grand, an openly gay indie country/pop artist who went viral with his song and video for "All American Boy".
  • Rob Halford, openly gay British heavy metal singer for Judas Priest.
  • Halsey, bisexual American alternative singer and LGBT activist known for her romantic songs about men and women.
  • Darren Hayes, lead singer of Savage Garden, came out as gay briefly after the band parted ways.
  • Ally Hills, a lesbian indie-pop musician and YouTuber.
  • Billie Holiday, a jazz singer who is best known for "Strange Fruit." Throughout her career, Holiday was openly bisexual and many of her female relationships were with stage and film actresses.
  • Whitney Houston, prolific African-American singer, actress, and producer. She was never out in her lifetime, but the 2018 documentary Whitney (approved by her family members and estate) described her as "sexually fluid" and she had a long-time romance with another woman, Robyn Crawford, who confirmed it in her 2019 memoir.
  • iLoveMakonnen, American rapper known for his hit "Tuesday", is gay.
  • Joe Jackson, British singer-songwriter most successful in the New Wave era, best known for "Is She Really Going Out With Him", "It's Different for Girls", and "Always Breaking Us in Two" and "Steppin' Out", came out as bisexual in 2001.
  • Elton John, prolific gay English singer/songwriter of pop and soul who is also an LGBT activist and humanitarian.
  • iOTA, Australian musician. Probably best known as the Doof Warrior in Mad Max: Fury Road. Openly gay.
  • Janis Joplin, American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter, one of the most successful and widely known musicians of the '60s. She was also bisexual, with many male and female lovers.
  • Kehlani, American R&B singer, songwriter and dancer. Came out as queer and pansexual in 2018.
  • Kesha, pop singer, came out as bisexual in 2013.
  • King Princess, musician is genderqueer and gay. Much of her work is influenced by this.
  • Hayley Kiyoko, American singer, actress, and former Disney Channel personality, openly lesbian.
  • Julian Koster, a musician best known for his work with Neutral Milk Hotel, came out as "not straight" in a bonus episode of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air).
  • Frankie Knuckles, American Chicagoan DJ known for developing and popularizing House Music, was gay.

    Musicians and Singers L-R 
  • Lady Gaga, bisexual pop artist, known for her outrageous stage persona and LGBT activism.
  • Adam Lambert, gay Pop singer and musician, and American Idol season 8 runner-up.
  • Mary Lambert, singer-songwriter best known for singing the chorus to Macklemore's "Same Love," is a lesbian.
  • k.d. lang, Canadian lesbian country and pop singer-songwriter.
  • Liberace, singer and pianist known for his flamboyant personality. Never came out during his lifetime, but his life was later dramatized for the film Behind the Candelabra based on his male lover's memoirs.
  • Lights, Canadian singer-songwriter, came out as bisexual in 2017.
  • Lil Peep, rapper known for fusing Trap Music and Emo Music, was bisexual.
  • Bif Naked, bisexual Indo-Canadian singer-songwriter and actress.
  • Lil Nas X, rapper best known for his 2019 number one hit "Old Town Road," came out as gay in June 2019.
  • Little Richard, singer and muscian and known as one of the architects of rock and roll; Richard had a complicated (to say the least) relationship with his own sexuality, but it's generally accepted that he was into both women and men.
  • Demi Lovato, singer and actress, describes herself as sexually fluid.
  • Barry Manilow, singer/songwriter of disco and pop music. Came out as gay in 2017 after years of speculation.
  • Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican pop star known for being in Boy Band Menudo and his smash hit "Livin' la Vida Loca''. Came out as gay in 2010.
  • Melanie Martinez, a singer known for first appearing on the third season of The Voice, came out as bisexual in June 2018.
  • Freddie Mercury, British Parsi lead singer of Queen, known for his flamboyant stage persona, was acknowledged as being bisexual.
  • George Michael, English Pop/R&B singer who broke out from his former group Wham, was Forced Out of the Closet in 1998 and came out as gay.
  • Mika, gay Lebanese-born British pop singer/songwriter.
  • Janelle Monáe, Black American singer, musician, actress and activist, came out as pansexual in 2018.
  • Morrissey, former frontman of The Smiths and now solo artist, considers himself as 'humansexual' (functionally pansexual).
  • Jason Mraz: Pop/alternative singer-songwriter who came out as bisexual in 2018.
  • MtH, transgender female member of SiIvaGunner who also has her own music.
  • Klaus Nomi, German singer and artist, was gay.
  • Frank Ocean, Black American R&B singer/songwriter and member of OFWGKTA who came out on his debut album, singing about his unrequited love to another man.
  • Rita Ora, singer and actress, came out as bisexual in 2018.
  • John Ottman, composer and editor is gay.
  • Owen Pallett, a gay Baroque Pop artist.
  • Amanda Palmer, bisexual American singer.
  • Orville Peck, a gay country musician.
  • Perfume Genius, an American Baroque Pop artist, is gay.
  • Lou Reed, American singer-songwriter, known for his work as part of the pioneering rock band The Velvet Underground and his solo career, was bisexual.
  • Bebe Rexha, American-Albanian pop singer, is bisexual.

    Musicians and Singers S-Z 
  • Rina Sawayama: Japanese-British Singer-Songwriter who identified both bisexual and pansexual in 2018, though she later stated that she identifies as pansexual over bisexual.
  • Troye Sivan, gay South African-born Australian musician and actor.
  • Sam Smith, English R&B singer/songwriter who is gay and genderqueer.
  • Willow Smith: Singer and actress who is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith and sister of Jaden Smith. Came out as bisexual in 2019.
  • Sia, Australian singer-songwriter, is bisexual or pansexual, she describes herself as liking any gender.
  • Sophie, a Scottish trans woman electronic music producer and musician.
  • Dusty Springfield, bisexual British soul singer who came out in a 1970 interview, although her sexuality was not widely publicly known until after her death.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, gay Russian composer of the Romantic era, considered by many to be one of the greatest composers in history.
  • Tegan & Sara, identical twin musicians who are both gay.
  • Tanita Tikaram, British pop/folk singer-songwriter, is gay.
  • Pete Townshend, British musician and leader of influential rock and roll band The Who, is bisexual.
  • Luther Vandross, influential Soul singer throughout the '80s and '90s. Never came out as gay during his lifetime; his close friends Bruce Vilanch and Patti LaBelle confirmed that he was in the closet his entire life.
  • Pabllo Vittar, Brazilian drag queen and pop singer
  • Rufus Wainwright, gay American-Canadian singer-songwriter.
  • Domo Wilson, bisexual singer/songwriter and rapper and is known for the song "Bisexual Anthem" and other songs that discuss LGBT issues, mental health, and motherhood.
  • Chely Wright, American country music singer notable for being one of the very few who is openly a lesbian.

    Bands 
  • Against Me!, Punk Rock band led by trans woman Laura Jane Grace. Of particular note is their EP Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which encapsulates the feeling of being transgender (specifically, a trans girl) and the problems that come with it.
  • The B-52s, 80's New Wave band consisting of gay and bisexual members.
  • Bloc Party, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Kele Okereke is gay.
  • Coil: Both of the band's core members, John Balance and Peter Christopherson, were openly gay.
  • Cynic, frontman and guitarist Paul Masvidal and former drummer Sean Reinert are both gay.
  • Deerhunter, lead singer and guitarist Bradfod Cox is asexual.
  • Faith No More: Keyboardist Roddy Bottum is gay, and started a music project called Man on Man with his boyfriend Joey Holman.
  • Fifth Harmony, member Lauren Jauregui is bisexual.
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frontman and lead vocalist Holly Johnson and backing vocalist, dancer and occasional keyboardist Paul Rutherford are both gay.
  • Green Day, Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and drummer Tré Cool are openly bisexual.
  • Halestorm, Lzzy Hale is bisexual.
  • King's X, bassist Doug Pinnick is openly gay.
  • Liturgy, lead singer and guitarist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix came out as a trans woman in 2020.
  • Lower Dens, led by non-binary Jana Hunter, the only constant member through the band's history.
  • The Magnetic Fields, frontman Stephen Merritt is openly gay, and a number of his associates in the band are LGBT+ as well.
  • *NSYNC, Lance Bass came out as gay, though after the group broke up and went on their separate ways.
  • Neon Trees, lead singer Tyler Glenn is gay.
  • New Kids on the Block, member Jonathan Knight is gay.
  • OFWGKTA/Odd Future collective consists of the aforementioned queer Frank Ocean and the band The Internet, which has the bisexual Steve Lacy and lesbian Syd the Kid as members.
  • Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie is openly pansexual.
  • Pansy Division, Punk Rock band and best-known example of the Queercore sub-genre.
  • Passion Pit: Lead singer Michael Angelakos is bisexual.
  • Pet Shop Boys, musical British pop duo featuring the openly gay Neil Tennant.
  • The Pixies: Kim Deal is asexual.
  • Placebo, Stefan Olsdal is gay and Brian Molko is bisexual.
  • PVRIS, Lead singer Lynn Gunn is lesbian.
  • R.E.M.: Frontman Michael Stipe identifies as queer.
  • Scissor Sisters, a Cast Full of Gay American pop/rock band.
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees: Frontwoman Siouxsie Sioux is attracted to multiple genders but doesn't identify herself under a particular sexuality.
  • Six Pack Band, which consists of transgender Indian musicians.
  • Spice Girls: member Melanie Brown has been in relationships with men and women but doesn't label herself.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe, musical comedy project - one of the members, Isabella "Bunny" Bennett, is transgender.
  • Throbbing Gristle: In addition to the gay Peter Christopherson, also a member of the aforementioned Coil, the band's vocalist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was non-binary.
  • Venus Flytrap, which consists of transgender Thai musicians.
  • The xx: While some listeners have assumed that vocalists Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft are a Creator Couple, both are involved with same sex partners, and in her case married.

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    Web Animation 
  • Emperor Tigerstar, known for making time lapses of historical maps, came out as bisexual in 2019.
  • Katzun came out as bisexual in 2018, then lesbian the same year. In 2020 they came out as non-binary and pansexual.
  • Overly Sarcastic Productions, Red went on record as asexual and panromantic during a Q&A video in 2016.

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Web Video

    Web Video Creators A-E 
  • Anna Akana, Asian-American actress and filmmaker known for her YouTube channel, came out as bisexual in 2018.
  • Brendan Blaber, a youtuber/voice actor and creator of Epithet Erased on VRV came out as bisexual in 2018.
  • Kat Blaque, black trans YouTuber who mainly does LGBTQ themed video essays.
  • Harris "Harry" Brewis, known as "HBomberguy," is a bisexual YouTuber known for his political and video game videos.
  • Laura K Buzz, real name Laura Kate Dale, Lesbian trans woman LGBTQ activist, streamer and games journalist.
  • Xaria Byron aka Diamanda Hagan, lesbian reviewer and podcaster. Is married to The Omega.
  • Jacob Hope Chapman, known as JesuOtaku, is a Anime video reviewer who came out as a trans man in 2016.
  • Paul Charles, the "Gay Comic Geek", is a comic book geek who happens to be gay and geek culture critic.
  • Chris Crocker, gay internet star, YouTuber, and short time adult film actor especially known for his "LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!" video.
  • Lucas Cruikshank, a YouTuber known for his hyperactive "Fred Figglehorn" character, came out as gay in 2013.
  • DaThings1's Ellen Thomas came out as a trans woman in 2019.
  • Shane Dawson, a YouTube comedian and personality, came out as bisexual in 2015.
  • Riley J Dennis, a non-binary transwoman and lesbian YouTuber whose videos cover a range of topics of social justice as well LGBTQ issues.
  • Durendal, French web video creator who talks about movies, is openly gay.
  • Lindsay Ellis, formerly The Nostalgia Chick, is a bisexual media critic and video essayist covering topics such as LGBT media representation and serious film and TV analysis.
  • Rowan Ellis, a UK queer feminist YouTuber, who does videos on pop culture and geekdom from an LGBT perspective.

    Web Video Creators F-K 
  • LittleKuriboh, bisexual content creator known for creating Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
  • Geek Remix, Mari and Stacy, two queer women who do video game reviews, theory videos and Lets Plays.
  • Genderpunksap, a nonbinary YouTuber who mostly focuses on trans issues.
  • Joey Graceffa, a YouTube comedian and personality, came out as gay in 2015.
  • Laci Green, a YouTuber known for her sex-positive and sex education YouTube channel, is pansexual.
  • Todrick Hall, a singer, dancer, choreographer and director known for his elaborate YouTube music videos is gay.
  • Elisa Hansen is an author and video essayist best known for her Vampire Reviews, many of which discuss feminist and queer issues. She is a biromantic asexual.
  • Hannah Hart, comedienne and YouTuber behind "My Drunk Kitchen" is a lesbian.
  • Dan Howell, a YouTuber who came out as gay in 2019.
  • Adam Johnston, movie reviewer best known for YourMovieSucks.org, is openly gay.
  • KaiserNeko, one of the founders of Team Four Star came out gay to his parents at the age of 11.

    Web Video Creators L-R 

    Web Video Creators S-Z 
  • Thomas Sanders, singer and stage actor known for his Vine videos is gay.
  • Amanda Spikol aka The Omega, reviewer and podcaster. She is the real life wife of Diamanda Hagan.
  • Jim Sterling, video game and video game industry critic, who describes himself as "not straight" (and has identified as pansexual on Twitter).
  • Olly Thorn, British philosopher and actor behind Philosophy Tube, came out as bisexual in 2019.
  • Sky Williams, a gay comedian and YouTuber known for his Let's Plays.
  • Natalie Wynn, aka "Contrapoints", is a trans woman YouTuber known for her videos on social justice and transgender issues.
  • Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys came out as gay in 2019.
  • Sarah Z, a queer YouTuber, does essays and reviews on pop culture, sometimes focusing on fictional LGBT portrayals.

Writers

    Authors 
  • Hans Christian Andersen, noted Danish author, admitted in his writings he was attracted to both men and women.
  • James Baldwin, prolific African-American author who was gay and wrote about queer issues often.
  • Clive Barker, gay horror/fantasy writer, artist, and film director.
  • Simone de Beauvoir: Bisexual writer, philosopher and feminist militant who had a lifelong open relationship with fellow philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (who was not bisexual but supported gay and lesbian rights).
  • Lord Byron, noted English poet, was bisexual.
  • Truman Capote, gay novelist, short story writer, and journalist. May be best known for probing the Clutter family's murder in In Cold Blood.
  • Becky Chambers, gay science fiction writer, wrote The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet.
  • Bruce Coville, a bisexual and a highly prolific children's writer, whose works include Coming-Out Stories and teens trying to decide on their orientations.
  • Quentin Crisp, writer, activist and memoirist who lived as a gay man for most of her life, but in the final posthumously-published installment of her autobiography stated that during the final years of her life she had privately realised that she had always been a trans woman.
  • Samuel R. Delany, American Science Fiction author, one of the first openly gay SF writers, one of the first really successful African-American SF writers, and almost certainly the first to be both.
  • Bret Easton Ellis, gay author, his best-known work was American Psycho.
  • Louise Fitzhugh, lesbian author and illustrator of children's books, best known for Harriet the Spy.
  • E. M. Forster, closeted gay British novelist. His novel Maurice could not be published until after his death due to its gay subject matter.
  • Michel Foucault, gay French philosopher and historian of ideas. Best known for Madness and Civilization, The Order of Things, Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality. He was an early victim of AIDS, dying in 1984.
  • Kyell Gold, gay, best known for writing homosexual furry romance novels.
  • Edward Gorey, writer and illustrator, was asexual and said that his orientation also informed his works.
  • Radclyffe Hall, lesbian writer best known for her novel The Well of Loneliness, considered the first lesbian novel in English and banned in both the UK and USA at the time for its subject.
  • Tanya Huff, bisexual Canadian fantasy author.
  • Langston Hughes, a prominent gay African-American poet and novelist during the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Kameron Hurley, bisexual author of The Stars Are Legion and the Bel Dame Apocrypha series.
  • Tove Jansson, artist/writer and creator of The Moomins; had relationships with men and women, referred to herself as having "went over to the spook side" (a coded expression for homosexuality) and eventually met and settled down with her life partner, Tuulikki Pietilä, another woman.
  • ML Lanzillotta (a butch lesbian) refers to herself as "gayer than Oscar Wilde" in her Twitter profile.
  • CB Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick and its sequels, is openly bisexual.
  • Yoon Ha Lee, trans male SF novelist best known for his trilogy The Machineries of Empire.
  • David Levithan, gay writer who has written various young adult novels with gay male characters.
  • Arnold Lobel, came out as gay to his family four years after he began writing the Frog and Toad series. His daughter believes that writing about the inseparable title characters was the beginning of his coming out.
  • Gregory Maguire, American novelist best known for Wicked. He's been in a relationship with painter Andy Newman since 1997 and the two married in 2004.
  • Ana Mardoll, genderqueer American fantasy author.
  • Billy Martin, transgender American Gothic Horror writer.
  • Seanan McGuire is bisexual, with her various works such October Daye and Wayward Children containing several characters who are on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
  • Yukio Mishima, Japanese author, playwright, actor and model known for his post-war literature and failed coup against the Japanese government. He was married to a woman, but also had relationships with men.
  • W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist known for Of Human Bondage. Had relationships with women in his youth, and later in life, solely with men. According to him, "I tried to persuade myself that I was three-quarters normal and that only a quarter of me was queer—whereas really it was the other way around."
  • Mark Oshiro, American writer/blogger known for Mark Does Stuff, is gay.
  • Chuck Palahniuk, American author, best known for Fight Club, came out as gay in 2004.
  • Fiona Patton (aka D. K. Johnston), gay Canadian fantasy author.
  • A. Revathi, a writer and hijra (the third gender in India).
  • Arthur Rimbaud, French poet. He had a wild love affair with Paul Verlaine.
  • Don Sakers, gay science fiction author.
  • Sappho, ancient Greek poet who wrote romantic poems for women on her home island of Lesbos, by which the word lesbian originated.
  • Dan Savage, gay, sex columnist.
  • Victoria Schwab (also goes by V.E. Schwab) is a queer novelist that writes for middle grade, Young Adult, and adult audiences. Known for the Shades of Magic trilogy.
  • Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and many other children's books, came out as gay in 2008 after the death of his partner of 50 years.
  • Gertrude Stein, lesbian poet and novelist also known for her participation in the general American art/literature expatriate community in Paris during the inter-war period.
  • James Tiptree Jr (real name: Alice Sheldon), bisexual science fiction author.
  • Paul Verlaine, French poet. He had a wild love affair with Arthur Rimbaud.
  • Gore Vidal, bisexual American novelist, essayist, playwright and occasional actor whose career spanned sixty years from the late 1940s to early 2010s.
  • Alice Walker is openly bisexual and was the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her critically acclaimed novel, The Color Purple.
  • Joshua Whitehead, a Canadian two-spirit poet and novelist.
  • Oscar Wilde, witty Irish poet, playwright, journalist and proponent of aestheticism. He wrote The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray among others. He faced criminal conviction for "gross indecency with men" and imprisonment for it.
  • Jacqueline Wilson, bestselling children's novelist who came out publicly as lesbian at the age of seventy-four, shortly before the publication of her first book with an unambiguous same-sex relationship.
  • Jeanette Winterson, lesbian novelist known for, among others, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry.
  • Virginia Woolf, bisexual writer who is considered one of the pioneers of literary Modernism.
  • JY Yang, queer non-binary speculative fiction author.
  • Alex Zandra Van Chestein (often shortened to Alex Zandra), a Canadian light novelist and game designer, who is also a transitioned trans female.

    Playwrights and scriptwriters 


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