Please help my mother!

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    May 13, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    Hello,

    My mother is involved with a church group that is working to build support for the gay community and build bridges. I'm very proud of her because she used to be nervous about telling her friends she had a gay son since so many of them were very judgmental.

    Her group is creating a bulletin board at the church with pictures of famous gay people. I gave her some names but thought I'd ask you all if you can make suggestions as well. Please note that the town is Midwestern and has approximately 25,000 people. My mother said she'd need people the average person would know.

    Here's what she wrote to meDear Dave,

    I found pictures of Langston Hughes, Plato, Walt Whitman and Willa Cather. I am also using a picture of Raymond Burr. Dad suggested Rock Hudson. If you can think of any famous people who were GBLT for our bulletin board, let me know. Thanks!!

    Love you,

    Mom
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    May 13, 2009 1:40 PM GMT

    Hey Lissenup,

    Please give our kindest regards to your Mom!

    She'll love this list and so will you - everyone from A to Z!


    http://www.famousandgay.com/b.html
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    May 13, 2009 1:41 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Hey Lissenup,

    Please give our kindest regards to your Mom!

    She'll love this list and so will you - everyone from A to Z!


    http://www.famousandgay.com/b.html


    Thanks! I will send her your regards.

    I actually found that list the other day when I did a search for her....and got overwhelmed! Any suggestions from that list that would appeal to conservative Midwesterners?
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    May 13, 2009 1:44 PM GMT


    ...under B there are several well known actors from the 50s as well as a couple of composers. Wish I could help you more - but we're in Canada, so know little about mid-Western conservatives that you speak of.

    You'll need help with that from other mid-West RJers....



    -Doug
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    May 13, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    ...under B there are several well known actors from the 50s as well as a couple of composers. Wish I could help you more - but we're in Canada, so know little about mid-Western conservatives that you speak of.

    You'll need help with that from other mid-West RJers....



    -Doug


    That's a great idea - thanks! I'll look for actors from the 50s.
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    May 13, 2009 1:53 PM GMT


    Here:
    Samuel Barber (March 9, 1910 - January 23, 1981)
    American composer, born in West Chester, Virginia. He had a relationship with Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti for thirty years. Works: Adagio for strings, Vanessa (opera)

    Lionel Bart (August 1, 1930 - April 3, 1999)
    British composer, whose greatest successes were the musical 'Oliver' and songs like the Bond-movie tune 'From Russia with love' (Matt Monro) and 'Livin' doll' (Cliff Richard). His real name was Lionel Begleiter.

    Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 - October 14, 1990)
    American bisexual composer, pianist and conductor, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Music: On the town (1944), Candide (1956), West Side Story (1957), 1600 Pensylvania Avenue (1976)

    Richard Chamberlain (March 31, 1934)
    American actor, born in Beverly Hills, California as George Richard Chamberlain. He studied art at Pomona College in Claremont. He became famous as dr. Kildare in the TV-series of the same name. TV: 'Dr.Kildare', 'Thornbirds', 'Shogun', 'A hero's story', The lost daughter (1997), Too rich: The secret life of Doris Duke Films: The secret of purple reef (1960), A thunder of drums (1961), Twilight of honor (1963), Joy in the morning (1965), Petulia (196icon_cool.gif, The portrait of a lady (196icon_cool.gif, The madwoman of Challiot (1969), Julius Ceasar (1970), The music lovers (1970), The woman I love (1972), Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), The Three Musketeers (1973), The lady's not for burning (1974), The last of the belles (1974), The towering inferno (1974), The four Musketeers (1974), The count of Monte Christo (1975), The slipper and the Rose (1976), The man in the iron mask (1976), The last wave (1977), The swarm (197icon_cool.gif, Centennial (197icon_cool.gif, Murder by phone (1980), Wallenberg: a hero's story (1984), King Solomon's mines (1985), Dream West (1986), Casanova (1987), The Bourne identity (198icon_cool.gif, Night of the hunter (1993), Bird of Prey (1995), The lost daughter (1996), River made to drown in (1997), All the winters that have been (1997), The red phone (2001) Theatre: West Side Story (1966), Private lives (1966), The Philadelphia story (1966), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1967), Richard II (1971-1972), Lady's not for burning (1972), The Fantasticks (1972-1973), Cyrano de Bergerac (1973), The night of the Iguana (1976-1977), Arms and the man (197icon_cool.gif, Fathers and sons (1979), Blithe spirit (1987), My Fair Lady (1993-1995), The Sound of music (1999-2000), The shadow of greatness (2000) Book: Toward love (2002)

    Anderson Cooper (June 2, 1967)
    American CNN News Anchor and former ABC News correspondent and host of 'The Mole'. He's the son of actress, writer and designer Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 in political science and also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.

    People your Mom's age will remember this fellow...

    Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966)
    Montgomery Clift was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, a successful Wall Street stockbroker, was always in New York on business so his mother filled both parental roles. She would take Monty, his twin sister Roberta, and his older brother Brooks on long trips to Europe or spend time at their second home in Bermuda. Private tutors traveled with the family and taught Monty and his siblings. When Wall Street crashed, the Clift’s had to accept a different lifestyle and moved to a modest home in Sarasota, Florida when Monty was 13. He joined a local youth theatrical club there and tried acting for the first time. He was very committed to his work and his mother realized how natural he looked on stage. She started pushing Monty towards an acting career. His family moved to Sharon, Massachusetts where he auditioned for a part in the Broadway play, Fly Away Home. Monty was cast and the play ran for two seasons. His family moved to Manhattan when Monty secured another lead in the play Dame Nature. His lead in Dame Nature earned him Broadway star status, and he was only 17.

    Over the next three years, Clift would take the lead in several Broadway plays like: There Shall Be No Night, The Skin of Our Teeth, Our Town, and Foxhole in the Parlor. During this time, members of the film industry continually tried to coax Monty to Hollywood. He rejected every offer. He loved to act, but on stage, not on camera. His passion was for Broadway. As with any growing young star, new horizons were inviting, and he finally decided to visit Hollywood for talks. He remained adamant about going there on his own terms. When MGM would not give him the agreements he requested, he walked out of the studio.

    Almost immediately, United Artists agreed to what Monty wanted and he was cast alongside John Wayne and Walter Brennan in what became one of the most famous westerns of all time, Red River. Monty was excited to try a new type of role with both film acting and a western movie. Soon after Red River was completed, he was asked to play American G.I. Ralph Stevenson in The Search. This heartfelt war story gave Monty his Hollywood fame.

    His sexuality was carefully guarded from fans but few in Hollywood did not know. He had one great love in hid life, a fellow actor and the pair were inseparable until he went into the Navy in 1942.

    Becoming a Hollywood star, Monty formed many new friendships. One of his close friends was Mira Rostova, who coached Monty in almost every acting role he had. Perhaps the most famous friendship in Monty’s life was his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. The bond between them strengthened when the two starred together in A Place in the Sun. He would act with Taylor in two other films, Raintree County (1956) and Suddenly Last Summer (1959). He accepted both roles without even looking at a script. He just wanted to act with Taylor. After A Place in the Sun, Clift did not make a movie for two years.

    Clift's life as he grew older was filled with drink and drugs. Insecure about his acting abilities, and seeing a Hollywood fixated on youth, he lived much of the last third of his life in a haze.

    His return to the movie screen was in From Here to Eternity, which won eight Oscars, and Monty was nominated for Best Actor. He starred in the Hitchcock film I Confess and the movie Indiscretion of an American Housewife before took another leave from acting. Monty was not seen on a stage or screen for more than three years.

    One night in May of 1957, Liz Taylor was having a dinner party and Monty accepted the invitation. He was one of the first to leave, afraid he would not be able to see his way home on the winding road Taylor lived on. Monty veered off the road and his car collided into a telephone pole. The accident left Monty with a broken jaw and nose, a crushed sinus cavity, two missing teeth, and severe facial lacerations which required plastic surgery. His remarkable recovery let him return home after only eight weeks in the hospital and soon after Raintree County was finished.

    After the accident, Monty starred in seven movies, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Judgment at Nuremberg. He also co-starred in The Misfits, which was Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable's last movie. 1962 was the last time the world would see Monty on-screen. He was to co-star with Elizabeth Taylor in Reflections in a Golden Eye, but filming would not start until after her current project. So in the meantime, he was cast for The Defector, which would be his last role. After The Defector, while he was still waiting to begin work on Reflections, Clift suffered a heart attack and died in h
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    May 13, 2009 1:56 PM GMT
    Walt Whitman James Baldwin both very prolific poets!icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 13, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    Sir Ian McKellen

    John Lyon Burnside III (November 2, 1916 – September 14, 200icon_cool.gif was the inventor of the teleidoscope, the darkfield kaleidoscope and the Symmetricon,[1] and, because he rediscovered the math behind kaleidoscope optics, for decades, every maker of optically correct kaleidoscopes sold in the US paid him royalties.

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    May 13, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    I checked that link, and not real good. The filmographies of many of the actors are woefully incomplete, and I didn't see Robert Preston at all. Though I don't know another one.

    http://www.famousandgay.com/b.html
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    May 13, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    Having spent a total of only 6 months in the mid-west (greater St Louis), I'm not confident of my grasp on local sensitivities in this department. But a couple names popped immediately to mind:

    Michelangelo and James Dean (who was bi-sexual).

    BTW - your mom sounds like a star!
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    May 13, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    No Ginsberg on that list?
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    May 13, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    Hey,

    What a great project to be working on !

    While The Celluloid Closet isnt directly about famous gay people it has a bunch of them in it ! And is very interesting in the development of the gay schema to which a significant portion of the population prescribes to.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112651/
    http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/celluloid/crew/cast.html
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    May 13, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O, Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster
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    Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbury, Frank O'Hara, Tacey Chapman, k.d. Lang, Michael Cunningham, David Sedaris, Alvin Ailey, Horatio Alger
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    May 13, 2009 3:00 PM GMT
    Famous Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual people:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gay,_lesbian_or_bisexual_people

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    May 13, 2009 4:31 PM GMT
    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

    Amelia Earhart

    President James Buchannan

    President Lincoln (yes, he slept in the same bed with a man for years before meeting and marrying Mary Todd)

    Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Doogie Howser

    Dick Sargent, Darrin #2 from Bewitched

    Johnnie Mathis (this I know directly, as I've been with him in his bedroom, although just as acquaintances, no sex)

    David Ogden Stiers, who played Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H

    Tommy Kirk, from the Disney films

    It's possible that Chuck Connors was Gay (from The Rifleman)

    And, believe it or not, John Wayne's younger brother Jim Morris (formerly Morrison) who I knew very well when I was a teenager until he finally, after being friends for years, tried to get me into bed with him for a blowjob. I refused. He confessed to me that he had regular daliances with at least two other men.)

    Merritt Butrick, who played David Marcus, the son of Captain James T. Kirk. Sadly, he died of AIDS.







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    May 13, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    Rupert Everett. He starred with Julia Roberts in the film 'My best friend's wedding'. I think the film was set in Chicago... icon_question.gif
    And, the gay man he played in the film was so charming...
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    And then, of course, Ellen & Portia
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    May 13, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    Your Mom and her group are great!!!

    How about Keith Boykin, Rev. Mel White, Chad Allen, Robert Gant, Judge David Young.
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    May 13, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    Hollywood Square's Paul Linde. I believe he was in the original Broadway cast of Bye-Bye Birdie.
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    May 13, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Hey Lissenup,

    Please give our kindest regards to your Mom!

    She'll love this list and so will you - everyone from A to Z!


    http://www.famousandgay.com/b.html



    Time to add Charlie Crist! Also, was surprised that Elliott Gould was not on the list. And I think it's time the Dutch tested their water!icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 13, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    Older people might know:
    Couple: Nate Berkus (right) and Brian Atwood (left)
    Nate= famous interior designer (of Oprah fame)
    Brian= footwear designer and Bally creative director

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    Younger people might know:
    Couple: Mark Feehily (right) and Kevin McDade (left) (both famous in europe/asia)
    Mark= famous for being a very talented singer for the group Westlife
    Kevin=singer/dancer

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    Actor Luke Mcfarlane (& he's Canadian !!)

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    May 13, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    Thanks, everyone, for your input. You've given me some good names to pass along to her. I'd love to have a good mix of people. I'm going to tell her to throw in my dad's picture as a joke, just to get the townspeople all riled up!