The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present

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Kensington Books, 2002 - Reference - 386 pages
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What do William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Oscar Wilde have in common? For one thing, each of their works is most like being dramatized somewhere in the world at any given moment. But there is a lesser known, far more significant common denominator: Shakespeare, Williams, and Wilde -- arguably three of the greatest play-wrights who ever lived -- were gay. They join ninety-seven other entrants on an esteemed ranking of men and women who -- by action or example -- have allowed homosexuals to take their place in the world.

The list includes individuals as diverse as Socrates and Freddie Mercury; as Alexander the Great and the Material Girl. Some were married with children closeted until the day they died; others freely acknowledged their sexuality -- and more than a few suffered for it. At once uplifting and heart-wrenching, these one hundred portraits capture the real people behind the legends and affirm that gay men and lesbians have been an integral part of history from ancient times through the present day -- ensuring that those who will follow in their footsteps face a future that is brighter than ever before.

 

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Contents

Socrates
3
Sappho
7
Oscar Wilde
10
Magnus Hirschfeld
15
The Patrons of the Stonewall Inn
19
Walt Whitman
22
Gertrude Stein
27
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
31
Wewha
203
Florence Nightingale
207
Willa Cather
212
Barney Frank
215
Bayard Rustin
219
E M Forster
223
Martha Carey Thomas
227
Christopher Isherwood
230

Edward Carpenter
34
J A Symonds
37
Mary Wollstonecraft
42
Susan B Anthony
47
Virginia Woolf
52
Alexander the Great
56
Hadrian
60
St Augustine
64
Michelangelo Buonarroti
68
Leonardo da Vinci
73
Christopher Marlowe
77
William Shakespeare
80
Johann Joachim Winckelmann
84
Harry Hay
88
Harvey Milk
93
Queen Christina of Sweden
98
Edward II
102
Jane Addams
106
Emily Dickinson
110
Radclyffe Hall
114
Peter I lyich Tchaikovsky
117
Andre Gide
121
Marcel Proust
127
Michel Foucault
131
Andy Warhol
135
John Cage
138
Ruth Benedict
141
James Baldwin
145
Hafiz
148
Byron
152
The Ladies of Llangollen
156
David and Jonathan
159
Petronius
162
The Amazons
166
Natalie Barney
169
Eleanor Roosevelt
173
Jean Genet
176
Sergey DiaghilevVaslav Nijinsky
181
Adrienne Rich
183
Larry Kramer
186
Tennessee Williams
190
Rosa Bonheur
193
Arthur RimbaudPaul Verlaine
196
Audre Lorde
200
Pier Paolo Pasolini
233
Yukio Mishima
237
Rock Hudson
241
Sir Harold NicolsonVita SackvilleWest
244
Elsie de Wolfe
247
Liberace
251
Allen Ginsberg
254
Marlene Dietrich
258
Quentin Crisp
261
H D
265
Dr S Josephine Baker
268
Romaine Brooks
271
Benjamin Britten
274
Rita Mae Brown
278
Kate Millett
281
Martina Navratilova
285
Barbara Gittings
288
Martin Duberman
292
Gloria AnzaldiiaCherrie Moraga
296
Mary Renault
300
Francis Bacon
303
Derek Jarman
306
Alan Turing
310
Roy Cohn
314
Anna Freud
318
Gladys Bentley Ma RaineyBessie Smith
322
Dr Tom Waddell
326
Holly Near
329
Rudolf Nureyev
333
Freddie Mercury
338
Judy Grahn
341
Edmund White
345
Katherine Philips
348
Ethel Smyth
351
Halston
354
Samuel Delaney
357
Ian McKellen
361
James Merrill
365
Madonna
368
Michelangelo Signorile
371
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
375
PICTURE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
379
INDEX
381
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Paul Russell is the author of six novels, including Sea of Tranquillity, The Coming Storm (winner of the 2000 Ferro-Grumley Award) and War Against the Animals. His poems, short stories and essays have been widely published. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and teaches literature and creative writing at Vassar College.

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