18 Gays We Should Thank For Shaping The World

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Updated on 6 Sep, 2018 at 7:26 pm


They are people. They are amazing. And sometimes, they are historically remarkable. There have been innumerous gifted homosexuals among us through the ages and we need to accredit them for being a part of humanity. So, we found some great people from history and present who were gay. It’s time we all pay them the respect that is long due.

1. Alan Turing – Saved the world from the Nazis.

Nationality: British

Known For: Breaking the codes of Nazi Germany.

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2. Ralph Waldo Emerson – Influenced Thoreau with his work, who, in turn, influenced Gandhi – building the core of libertarian thought.

Nationality: American

Known For: His famous essay, “Self Reliance”

3. Oscar Wilde – One of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

Nationality: American

Known For: Writing ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ (1891) and many others.

4. Walt Whitman – poet, essayist and journalist.

Nationality: American

Known For: Was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works.

5. Harvey Milk – The first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.

Nationality: American

Known For: Centered his political career on making government responsive to individuals, gay liberation, and the importance of neighbourhoods to the city.

6. Gertrude Stein – Writer of novels, poetry and plays.

Nationality: American

Known For: She wrote “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”.

7. George Washington Carver – His work paved the way for modern advances in biofuels and cleaning products.

Nationality: American

Known For: Devised agricultural innovations, including new uses for peanuts and sweet potatoes, including oil, flour, and ink.

8. Bayard Rustin – Was a key adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.

Nationality: American

Known For:  President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

9. Leonardo Da Vinci – Probably one of the greatest minds in history.

Nationality: Italian


Known For: Excelling as a polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He was not just a guy who painted Mona Lisa.

10. Sir Francis Bacon – philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author.

Nationality: English

Known For: Took up Aristotelian ideas, arguing for an empirical, inductive approach, known as the scientific method, which is the foundation of modern scientific inquiry.

11. Friedrich Nietzsche – philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer.

Nationality: German

Known For: Writer of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil (published in 1886), The Genealogy of Morals (1887) and Twilight of the Idols (1889).

12. Alexander Wilson – Poet, ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator.

Nationality: Scottish Wilson

Known For: Considered as one of the greatest American ornithologists in history.

13. Neil Patrick Harris – The one and only LEGEN-wait for it-DARY, Barney Stinson.

Nationality: American

Known For: Probably one of the favourite characters among youngsters today, and my favourite.

14. Lord Byron – One of the pioneers of Romantic.

Nationality: English

Known For: Don Juan, a poem spanning 17 cantos, ranked as one of the most important long poems published in England.

15. Ludwig Wittgenstein – Considered by many as the greatest philosopher of the 20th century. 

Nationality: Austrian-British

Known For: His world-renowned work – Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

16. Michel Foucault – Famous Philosopher, Historian, Philologist and Literary critic.

Nationality: French

Known For: The Archeology of Knowledge, Discipline And Punish, The Order of Things.

17. John Maynard Keynes – one of Britain’s most influential economic minds.

Nationality: British

Known For: His revolutionary principle, which was also named after him as the “Keynesian economics.

18. Eric Allman – Revolutionised the world of internet when he Created Delivermail for the ARPAnet and Sendmail, one of the first Mail Transfer Agents on the Internet.

Nationality: American

Known For: Being the first person to make Internet addresses highly configurable by rewriting rule technology.