Christian fundamentalists continue to contend that homosexuality doesn't exist, and that gay people choose their lifestyle without any biological predisposition. They further argue that homosexuality didn't exist before the 20th century when researcher Alfred Kinsey began studying sexual behaviors of adults. That, of course, ignores all evidence to the contrary, including the existence of gay people as documented throughout human history.
As far back in time as human records do chronicle, gay people have existed and lived happy, sexually fulfilled lives, as these historical figures attest. While the sexuality of some remains hotly disputed--even in the face of documented sexual encounters--some people still refuse to believe any of the icons on this list could ever have tried the big gay way. They'd be wrong.
These 11 historical figures all had documented or strongly suggested gay encounters with passionate same-sex lovers. Some remained discreet with their love, others kept things a bit more overt, either confessing their love, or getting caught in the act! Perhaps most amazing of all, each enjoyed some degree of celebrity and success throughout their own lives, and remain popular and influential to this day. None of them ever apologized for their feelings, and a few even expressed them with frank pride. And yet, people still, somehow, can't believe they were bisexual or gay!
Those people would be wrong.
11 William Shakespeare
Oh, Bill! Master of the English language, greatest playwright in all history, and a man who loved other men...and not just because men played women in all his productions. Historians debate the details of Shakespeare's personal life: he had a wife, and practiced both Catholicism and Protestantism throughout his days. His writings, however, shed interesting light on his sex life: in every single one of his plays, he implies at least one gay character. In Hamlet, it's Hamlet's best friend Horatio. In Romeo and Juliet, it's Mercutio.
10 Sir Alec Guinness
9 Errol Flynn
8 Joan Crawford
7 Robert Reed
6 King David
5 Marlene Dietrich
4 Eleanor Roosevelt
3 James Dean
2 Laurence Olivier
1 Marlon Brando
Brando was reportedly quite the player, marrying and divorcing three times. In his later years, however, Brando became more open about his true love: actor Wally Cox. Besides Cox, Brando also admitted to dalliances with James Dean, Paul Newman, John Gielgud, Rock Hudson and Merv Griffin. Brando reportedly also had an affair with fellow Actor's Studio student Montgomery Clift which lasted several years. Actor David Niven recalls attending a party at the home of Vivian Leigh and Laurence Olivier, during which he walked in on Brando and Olivier having sex in their swimming pool! Rather than interrupt them, Niven decided to go back inside and pour himself another drink! Brando, in his final days, admitted he'd long wished he could marry Wally Cox, however, even calling Wally the love of his life. The two are buried together today.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk; eastbayexpress.com; wikipedia.org
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