Aleshia Brevard Aleshia Brevard was an American author and actress of stage, screen, and television. She underwent one of the first sex reassignment surgery procedures performed in the United States. She worked as an entertainer, actress, model, Playboy bunny, professor of theater, and author.
Alice B. Toklas Alice B. Toklas was an American-born member of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century, and the life partner of American writer Gertrude Stein.
Amber Dawn Amber Dawn is a Canadian writer, who won the 2012 Dayne Ogilvie Prize, presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada to an emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender writer.
Anders Gåsland Anders Gåsland is a Norwegian politician, formerly for the Christian Democratic Party. Openly homosexual, he is considered an important promoter of gay rights in Norway.
Anderson Cooper Anderson Hays Cooper is an American journalist, television personality, and author. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°.
Andreas Bruce Ferdinand "Andreas" Edvard Bruce, born as Christina "Therese" Isabelle Jeanette Louise Bruce was a Swedish memoir writer. His story was the first memoir written by a transsexual person in Sweden and is regarded as unique in many aspects.
Andy Cohen (television personality) Andrew Joseph "Andy" Cohen is an American talk show and radio host, author and producer. Cohen hosts the Bravo nightly series Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.
Anthony Rapp Anthony Deane Rapp is an American stage and film actor and singer best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the role in the film version and the Broadway Tour of Rent in 2009.
Antony Sher Sir Antony Sher, KBE is an English actor of South African origin, a two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner and four-time nominee. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982 and toured in many roles, as well as appearing on film and TV, and working as a writer and theatre director.
Arsham Parsi Arsham Parsi is an Iranian LGBT human rights activist living in exile in Canada. He is the founder and head of the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees.
Arthur Laurents Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter.
Arthur Motyer Arthur Motyer was a Canadian educator, playwright and novelist.
Augusten Burroughs Augusten Xon Burroughs is an American writer known for his New York Times bestselling memoir Running with Scissors.
Benjamin Law (writer) Benjamin Law is an Australian author and journalist. He is best known for his books The Family Law, a family memoir published in 2010, and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, a journalistic exploration of LGBT life in Asia.
Bernard Cooper Bernard Cooper is an American novelist and short story writer. He was born on October 3, 1951 in Hollywood, California.
Beth Ditto Mary Beth Patterson, known by her stage name Beth Ditto, is an American singer-songwriter, most notable for her work with the indie rock band Gossip and whose voice has been compared to Etta James, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner.
Betty Berzon Betty Berzon was an American author and psychotherapist known for her work with the gay and lesbian communities.
Bob Mould Robert Arthur Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s.
Bob Paris Bob Paris is an American writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist, and former professional bodybuilder. Paris was the 1983 NPC American National and IFBB World Bodybuilding Champion, Mr. Universe.
Brad Goreski Brad Goreski is a celebrity fashion stylist and television personality. In 2015, he joined Fashion Police as a new co-host.
Bruce Benderson Bruce Benderson is an American author, born to Jewish parents of Russian descent, who lives in New York. He attended William Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York and then Binghamton University.
Caitlyn Jenner Caitlyn Marie Jenner is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete.
Calpernia Addams Calpernia Sarah Addams is an American author, actress, musician and spokesperson and activist for transgender rights and issues.
Camilla Gibb Camilla Gibb is an English-born Canadian writer who currently resides in Toronto.
Canary Conn Canary Conn is an American entertainer and author. Her memoir Canary was one of the early notable memoirs of a transsexual woman, and she made numerous talk show appearances to discuss her transition in the 1970s.
Caroline Cossey Caroline "Tula" Cossey is an English model. She is one of the world's best known trans women, having appeared in a James Bond film and having been the first to pose for Playboy.
Carrie Brownstein Carrie Rachel Brownstein is an American musician, model, writer, actress, director, and comedian. She first came to prominence as a member of the band Excuse 17 before forming the punk-indie trio Sleater-Kinney. During a long hiatus from Sleater-Kinney, she formed the group Wild Flag.
Charles Perez Charles Perez is an American writer and a former television news reporter, anchor and talk show host.
Chaz Bono Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American advocate, writer, musician and actor. He is the child of American entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher.
Chely Wright Richell Rene "Chely" Wright is an American country music singer. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Wright's first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive".
Christina Crosby Christina Crosby is an American scholar and writer. She is a professor of English, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University.
Christopher Isherwood Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood was an English-American novelist. His best-known works include The Berlin Stories, two semi-autobiographical novellas inspired by Isherwood's time in Weimar Republic Germany.
Clay Aiken Clay Aiken is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician, and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election.
Cleve Jones Cleve Jones is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist. He conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt which has become, at 54 tons, the world's largest piece of community folk art as of 2016.
Clive Davis Clive Jay Davis is an American record producer, A&R executive and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.
Colette Colette was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Her best known work, the novella Gigi, was the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same name. She was also a mime, an actress and a journalist.
Connor Franta Connor Joel Franta is an American YouTuber, entrepreneur, entertainer, and writer.
Darcelle XV Walter Cole, better known as Darcelle XV, is a drag queen in Portland, Oregon, United States. Cole was raised in the Linnton neighborhood and served in the military until the late 1950s, after which he lived a "conventional" life in southeast Portland with his wife and two children.
Dave Pallone David Michael Pallone is a former Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the National League from to. During Pallone's career, he wore uniform number 26.
David Kopay David Marquette Kopay is a former American football running back in the National Football League who in 1975 became one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay.
David Mixner David Mixner is a civil rights activist and best-selling author. He is best known for his work in anti-war and gay rights advocacy.
David Wojnarowicz David Michael Wojnarowicz was an American painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, song-writer/recording artist and AIDS activist prominent in the New York City art world.
Deirdre McCloskey Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, formerly known as Donald N. McCloskey, is the Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Don Lemon Don Lemon is an American news anchor and journalist. He is based in New York City and currently hosts CNN Tonight.
Donna Minkowitz Donna Minkowitz is an American writer and journalist. She became known for her coverage of gay and lesbian politics and culture in The Village Voice from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, for which she won a GLAAD Media Award.
Eddie Ayres Eddie Ayres, formerly known as Emma Ayres, is a musician, music teacher and former radio presenter. He is notable for his work on the Australian ABC Classic FM radio station, as well as for his numerous charitable efforts.
Edmund White Edmund Valentine White III is an American novelist, memoirist, and an essayist on literary and social topics. Much of his writing is on the theme of same-sex love.
Esera Tuaolo Esera Tavai Tuaolo, nicknamed "Mr. Aloha," is a former American professional football player. He was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for nine years.
Fenton Johnson John Fenton Johnson is an American writer. He was born ninth of nine children into a Kentucky whiskey-making family with a strong storytelling tradition.
Filipp Vigel Filipp Filippovich Vigel was a Russian noble of Swedish extraction who served in the foreign ministry, accompanied Count Golovkin on his mission to China, presided over the department of foreign religions and governed the town of Kerch.
Gerald Hamilton Gerald Bernard Francis Hamilton was a British memoirist, critic and internationalist known as "the wickedest man in Europe".
Geri Jewell Geraldine Ann "Geri" Jewell is an American actress noted for roles on the 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life and the mid 2000s western Deadwood.
Glen Retief Glen Retief is a South African writer who won a Lambda Literary Award in 2012 for his memoir The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood.
Gore Vidal Eugene Louis "Gore" Vidal was an American writer and public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.
Greg Louganis Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver, LGBT activist, and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and platform.
Greg Malone (actor) David Gregory Malone is a Canadian impressionist and actor. He is well known for the CODCO television series and his impersonations of Barbara Frum, Jean Chrétien, and Queen Elizabeth II.
Gregory Scofield Gregory Scofield is a Canadian poet, whose work draws on Cree story-telling traditions.
H.D. Hilda "H.D." Doolittle was an American poet, novelist, and memoirist known for her association with the early 20th century avant-garde Imagist group of poets such as Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington. She published under the pen name of H.D.
Holly Woodlawn Holly Woodlawn was a transgender Puerto Rican actress and Warhol superstar who appeared in his movies Trash and Women in Revolt. She was probably best known as the Holly in Lou Reed's hit pop song "Walk on the Wild Side".
Ian Waddell Ian Gardiner Waddell is a Canadian politician, author and filmmaker who served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1979 to 1993 and in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1996 to 2001.
Jameson Currier Jameson Currier is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, critic, journalist, editor, and publisher.
James St. James James St. James is an American television personality, author, celebutante, frequent collaborator with Mathu Andersen, and former Club Kids member of the New York City club scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Jane Addams Jane Addams, known as the "mother" of social work, was a pioneer American settlement activist/reformer, social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace.
Jane Lynch Jane Marie Lynch is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best known as Sue Sylvester on Glee. She also gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show.
Janet Mock Janet Mock is an American writer, TV host, and transgender rights activist. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness, contributing editor for Marie Claire, and a former staff editor of People magazine's website.
Jan Morris Jan Morris, CBE, FRSL is a Welsh historian, author and travel writer. She is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and for portraits of cities, notably Oxford, Venice, Trieste, Hong Kong, and New York City.
Jazz Jennings Jazz Jennings is an American YouTube personality, spokesmodel, television personality, and LGBTQ rights activist.
Jennie June (autobiographer) Jennie June was one of the earliest transgender individuals to publish her own autobiography in the United States.
Jennifer Finney Boylan Jennifer Finney Boylan is an American author and political activist. In 2014 she joined the faculty of Barnard College of Columbia University as the Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence, having previously been professor of English at Colby College in Maine. She is a trans woman.
Jim Egan (activist) Jim Egan was a Canadian LGBT rights activist, best known for his role in the landmark Supreme Court of Canada case Egan v. Canada.
Jim McGreevey James Edward McGreevey is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party, who served as the 52nd Governor of New Jersey from 2002 until his resignation in 2004. He was also a seminarian.
Joel Derfner Joel Derfner is an American writer and composer. He is the author of three gay-themed books: Gay Haiku, Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead, and Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family.
John Lehmann Rudolf John Frederick Lehmann was an English poet and man of letters. He founded the periodicals New Writing and The London Magazine, and the publishing house of John Lehmann Limited.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell Josh Kilmer-Purcell is an American writer, television personality, and businessperson. He is best known for appearing in the television reality show "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" with his husband, Brent Ridge, and for his bestselling memoirs.
Joy Ladin Joy Ladin is the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution. She holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. A trans woman, she has two daughters and a son.
J. R. Ackerley Joe Randolph "J. R." Ackerley was a British writer and editor. Starting with the BBC the year after its founding in 1927, he was promoted to literary editor of The Listener, its weekly magazine, where he served for more than two decades.
Juliet Jacques Juliet Jacques is a British journalist, critic and writer of short fiction, known for her work on the transgender experience, including her transition as a trans woman.
Justin Vivian Bond Justin Vivian Bond is an American singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor.
Kamal Al-Solaylee Kamal Al-Solaylee is a Canadian journalist, who published his debut book, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, in 2012.
Karen Dior Karen Dior was the stage name for Geoffrey Gann, also known as Geoffrey Karen Dior. Gann was a bisexual, male-identified American female impersonator, pornographic and mainstream performer, film director, singer and writer.
Kate Bornstein Katherine Vandam "Kate" Bornstein is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist.
Katie Rain Hill Katie Rain Hill is an American transgender activist, author, model and student. In 2014, she published the award-winning autobiographical book Rethinking Normal.
Kristin Beck Kristin Beck is a retired United States Navy SEAL who gained public attention in 2013 when she came out as a trans woman. She published her memoir in June 2013, Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender, detailing her experiences.
Ladislav Fuks Ladislav Fuks was a Czech novelist. He focused mainly on psychological novels, portraying the despair and suffering of people under German occupation of Czechoslovakia.
Lance Bass James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNC's success led Bass to work in film and television.
Laura Jane Grace Laura Jane Grace is an American musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!.
Lawrence O'Toole (journalist) Lawrence O'Toole is a Canadian former journalist, best known as a film, dance and theatre critic for The Globe and Mail and Maclean's in the 1970s and 1980s.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Toronto and Oakland-based poet, writer, educator and social activist. Her writing and performance art focuses on documenting the stories of queer and trans people of color, abuse survivors, mixed-race people and diasporic South Asians and Sri Lankans.
Lev Raphael Lev Raphael is an American writer of Jewish heritage. He has published work in a variety of genres, including literary fiction, murder mysteries, fantasy, short stories, memoir and non-fiction, and is known for being one of the most prominent LGBT figures in contemporary Jewish American literature.
Lillian Faderman Lillian Faderman is an American historian whose books on lesbian history and LGBT history have earned critical praise and awards.
Lynette Loeppky Lynette Loeppky is a Canadian writer, who published the memoir Cease in 2015.
Marcia Freedman Marcia Freedman is an American-Israeli activist on behalf of peace, women's rights, and gay rights. In the early 1970s she helped create and lead the feminist movement in Israel.
Margaret C. Anderson Margaret Caroline Anderson was the American founder, editor and publisher of the art and literary magazine The Little Review, which published a collection of modern American, English and Irish writers between 1914 and 1929.
Maurice Magnus Maurice Magnus was an American traveller and author of Memoirs of the Foreign Legion, which exposed the cruelty and depravity of life in that French army unit in 1916-17.
Max Wolf Valerio Max Wolf Valerio is a poet, memoir writer, essayist and actor. He has lived for many years in San Francisco, California. He is of Kainai, Sephardic Jewish Converso, and Northern European descent.
Meredith Baxter Meredith Ann Baxter is an American actress and producer. She is known for her roles on the ABC drama series Family and the NBC sitcom Family Ties, credited as Meredith Baxter-Birney.
Michael V. Smith Michael V. Smith is a Canadian novelist, poet and filmmaker, originally from Cornwall, Ontario and now living in Kelowna, British Columbia. His debut novel, Cumberland, was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2002.
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, comedian, magician, and singer, known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and musical stage roles.
Nerina Shute Nerina Shute was an English writer and journalist, described by the Sunday Times as "the amazingly colourful, brilliant and bisexual film critic".
Nuala O'Faolain Nuala O'Faolain was an Irish journalist, TV producer, book reviewer, teacher and writer. She became well known after the publication of her memoirs Are You Somebody? and Almost There. She went on to write a biography of Irish criminal Chicago May and two novels.
Osbert Sitwell Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Baronet was an English writer. His elder sister was Edith Sitwell and his younger brother was Sacheverell Sitwell. Like them, he devoted his life to art and literature.
Patrick Anderson (poet) Patrick John MacAllister Anderson was an English-Canadian poet. He was educated at Oxford, where he was elected President of the Union, and Columbia. He taught in Montreal, both at private schools and at McGill University, between 1940 and 1950.
Paul Bowles Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. He became associated with Tangier, Morocco, where he settled in 1947 and lived for 52 years to the end of his life.
Paul Monette Paul Landry Monette was an American author, poet, and activist best known for his essays about gay relationships.
Paul Reed (writer) Paul Reed was an American writer, best known as one of the first major writers of HIV/AIDS-themed literature in the United States.
Pierre Seel Pierre Seel was a gay Holocaust survivor and the only French person to have testified openly about his experience of deportation during World War II due to his homosexuality.
Piper Kerman Piper Eressea Kerman is an American memoirist convicted of felony money-laundering charges; her memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison about her experiences in prison was adapted into the critically acclaimed Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.
Reichen Lehmkuhl Reichen Lehmkuhl, is an American former reality show winner, model, and occasional actor.
Richard Blanco Richard Blanco is an American poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer. He is the fifth poet to read at a United States presidential inauguration, having read for Barack Obama's second inauguration.
Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez is an American writer who became famous as the author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, a narrative about his intellectual development.
R. M. Vaughan Richard Murray Vaughan is a Canadian poet, novelist and playwright.
Robert Dessaix Robert Dessaix is an Australian novelist, essayist and journalist.
Ron Nyswaner Ronald L. Nyswaner is an American screenwriter and film director.
Ryan Sallans Ryan Kim-Scout Sallans is an American LGBT rights advocate and out trans man. Sallans began his transition in 2005. He travels the United States speaking to professionals, college audiences, and youth about being transgender and the changing nature of health care.
Samuel Steward Samuel Morris Steward, also known as Phil Andros, Phil Sparrow, and many other pseudonyms, was a poet, novelist, and university professor who left the world of academia to become a tattoo artist and pornographer.
Sean Strub Sean O'Brien Strub is a writer and activist who is the director of The Sero Project, a national network of people with HIV combating stigma and injustice. He founded POZ magazine and POZ en Español, Mamm, Real Health and Milford Magazine.
Stephen Spender Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE was an English poet, novelist, and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the United States Library of Congress in 1965.
Sue Perkins Susan Elizabeth "Sue" Perkins is an English comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer, born in East Dulwich, south London.
Tennessee Williams Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.
Tig Notaro Mathilde "Tig" O'Callaghan Notaro is an American stand-up comic, writer, radio contributor, and actress. She is known for her deadpan comedy.
Tila Tequila Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, better known by her stage names Tila Tequila, Tila Nguyen and Miss Tila, is an American television and social media personality. She first gained recognition for her active presence on social networking websites.
Timothy Findley Timothy Irving Frederick Findley, OC, O.Ont was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials.
Veronique Renard Véronique Françoise Caroline Renard is a Dutch author and visual artist. She is also known as Pantau, a name that was adopted after meeting the Dalai Lama at an audience at his home in McLeodganj, Dharamsala, India in 2000. The name Pantau means "to be helpful" or "beneficial".
Wes Funk Wes Funk was a Canadian writer. Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he published several novels and a chapbook of poetry and short stories, and hosted a weekly television series, Lit Happens, on Shaw TV's services in Saskatchewan.
Willem Oltmans Willem Leonard Oltmans was a Dutch investigative journalist and author who did not hesitate to pro-actively intervene in international politics.
William Whitehead (Canadian writer) William Frederick Whitehead is a Canadian writer, actor and filmmaker, best known as a writer of radio and television documentaries and as the former partner of the late Canadian writer Timothy Findley.
Will Schwalbe William Schwalbe is an author, entrepreneur and journalist based in New York City. He is the author of three books and was the former editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books.
Willy Wilkinson Willy Snow Wilkinson is an American writer, public health consultant, and LGBTQ activist from California.
Xaviera Hollander Xaviera Hollander is a former call girl, madam, and author. She came to be best known for her best-selling memoir The Happy Hooker: My Own Story.