10 Famous People Whose Sexual Orientation Gets Left Out of History Books

(Ref: Unfortunately, History Has Set The Record A Little Too Straight poster – October 11th, 2008 is National Coming Out Day)

  1. James Baldwin – writer (1924-1987)
  2. Willa Cather – writer (1873-1947)
  3. Errol Flynn – actor (1909-1959)
  4. Michelangelo – artist (1475-1564)
  5. Edna St. Vincent Millay – poet/playwright (1892-1950)
  6. Cole Porter – composer (1891-1964)
  7. Eleanor Roosevelt – social activist (1884-1962)
  8. Bessie Smith – singer (1894-1937)
  9. Walt Whitman – poet (1819-1892)
  10. Virginia Woolf – writer (1882-1941)

Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.
— James Baldwin

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, This Is My Story, 1937


4 Responses

  1. Interesting note… NNDB (http://www.nndb.com) includes sexual orientation as part of its biographies on people.

  2. 3. Errol Flynn – actor (1909-1959)

    Prove it.

    8. Bessie Smith – singer (1894-1937)

    Prove it.

  3. One anecdote re: Errol Flynn’s sexual orientation can be found in Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke (upon which the movie was based). pg. 181 .

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