Gay Geniuses

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    Aug 26, 2009 2:11 PM GMT
    If you know of great and very smart gay guys please list them here. Here is my contribution:

    Italian renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer

    Michelangelo di Lodovico

    Michaelangelo dedicated over 300 sonnets and songs to Cavalieri, many of them obvious love poems. He drew erotic cartoons for Cavalieri, who was described by contemporaries as Michaelangelo's most loved friend.

    some of his most famous work:

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    Aug 26, 2009 2:20 PM GMT



    Tchaikovsky





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    Alan Turing

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    He is the father of modern Computer Science, helped crack German's code used in WWII, an inventor of many machines, and was a brilliant mathematician.

    In 1952 he was convicted of the same indecency crime Oscar Wilde was and his career was ruined as a result. In 1954 he committed suicide. Richard Dawkins is now asking the British Government to make an official apology.
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    Aug 26, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    Alexander the Great, revered as the greatest military tacticion the world has ever known and recognized as king of much of the known world during is life.


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    Aug 26, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    jprichva saidDivine:

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    Looks like my body guard at SF Pride. Pop a cap in 'em Diva.

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    Aug 26, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    Hadrian, Roman Emperor:

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    Widely hailed by historians of as the most versatile of the Roman Emperors, his passion for art, architecture, landscaping, hunting, and diplomacy led Rome through an era of peaceful expansion and prosperity. He also had a thing for Greek boys, his lover Antonius in particular ;)
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    Aug 26, 2009 6:19 PM GMT
    Hmm... this thread makes me wonder about all the overly-educated guys here on RJ.
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    Aug 26, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    Daniel Tammet,
    "a British prodigious Savant (high-functioning autistic savant) gifted with a facility for mathematical and natural language learning" who also has "epilepsy, synaesthesia, and Asperger Syndrome."
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    Aug 26, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
    Lord Byron. Now, that man could write!

    WHEN WE TWO PARTED

    When we two parted
    In silence and tears,
    Half broken-hearted
    To sever for years,
    Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
    Colder thy kiss;
    Truly that hour foretold
    Sorrow to this.

    The dew of the morning
    Sunk chill on my brow--
    It felt like the warning
    Of what I feel now.
    Thy vows are all broken,
    And light is thy fame:
    I hear thy name spoken,
    And share in its shame.

    They name thee before me,
    A knell to mine ear;
    A shudder comes o'er me--
    Why wert thou so dear?
    They know not I knew thee,
    Who knew thee too well:
    Lond, long shall I rue thee,
    Too deeply to tell.

    I secret we met--
    I silence I grieve,
    That thy heart could forget,
    Thy spirit deceive.
    If I should meet thee
    After long years,
    How should I greet thee?
    With silence and tears.

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    http://www.glbtq.com has a wonderful list of outstanding GLBT "geniuses" ... if you want to call them that.



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    Aug 26, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    his mustache is so gay.

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    Aug 26, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidDaniel Tammet,
    "a British prodigious Savant (high-functioning autistic savant) gifted with a facility for mathematical and natural language learning" who also has "epilepsy, synaesthesia, and Asperger Syndrome."


    oh wow, I watched a documentary about him a couple of years ago, that guy just blew my mind, I seriously had no clue he was gay.
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    Aug 26, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    meninlove said


    Tchaikovsky







    If I remember correctly, his "Pathetique" was written for his nephew, whom he was in love with.
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    Aug 26, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    Both George & Ira Gershwin. Read Ira's song lyrics, and they describe the gay world of the 1930s thru '50s perfectly. You just change the gender of the words, and they are about gays. "The Man That Got Away" is a perfect example.

    The night is bitter,
    The stars have lost their glitter;
    The winds grow colder
    And suddenly you're older -
    And all because of the man that got away.

    No more his eager call,
    The writing's on the wall;
    The dreams you dreamed have all
    Gone astray.

    The man that won you
    Has gone off and undone you.
    That great beginning
    Has seen the final inning.
    Don't know what happened. It's all a crazy game!

    No more that all-time thrill,
    For you've been through the mill -
    And never a new love will
    Be the same.

    Good riddance, good-bye!
    Ev'ry trick of his you're on to.
    But, fools will be fools -
    And where's he gone to?

    The road gets rougher,
    It's lonelier and tougher.
    With hope you burn up -
    Tomorrow he may turn up.
    There's just no letup the live-long night and day!

    Ever since this world began
    There is nothing sadder than
    A one-man woman [man] looking for
    The man that got away...
    The man that got away.


    If that doesn't describe gay life at times, I don't know what does.
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    Aug 26, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    Noel Coward
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    charlitos saidIf you know of great and very smart gay guys please list them here. Here is my contribution:

    Italian renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer

    Michelangelo di Lodovico

    Michaelangelo dedicated over 300 sonnets and songs to Cavalieri, many of them obvious love poems. He drew erotic cartoons for Cavalieri, who was described by contemporaries as Michaelangelo's most loved friend.

    some of his most famous work:

    art_michaelangelo_david-752969.jpg


    I agree. Amazing artist, and gay! Woot!



    Also,

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    Gay Penguins! Genius! This is true because they resisted behavior (sexuality) modification attempts icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 26, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, two of the (arguably, of course) greatest composers of the 20th century.

    Also, though it's not known for certain, there's a good chance that Leonardo da Vinci was gay as well. You can't be much more of a genius in many more areas than he was!
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    Aug 26, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
    skifan08 saidLeonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, two of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

    Thank you, have could I have overlooked Copland, one of my idols? And if you mention Bernstein, you can't omit Stephen Sondheim.
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    Aug 26, 2009 7:08 PM GMT
    Henry James (one of Anglophones greatest authors imho)

    Clive Barker (great author and painter)

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    Aug 26, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    Plato.
    In the Symposium Plato describes a dinner party at which all the guests speak in praise of Love. It is taken for granted by all that the highest Love is for other men. Alcibiades, the hottest young man in all Athens, is smitten and wants to share Socrates' couch. Socrates allows him to do so but spends the entire night discoursing on philosophy. Love of the physical beauty of men, he says, is what leads us to apprehend the higher beauty of Truth and Goodness.
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    Aug 26, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    Red_Vespa saidBoth George & Ira Gershwin. Read Ira's song lyrics, and they describe the gay world of the 1930s perfectly. You just change the gender of the words, and they are about gays. "The Man Who Got Away" is a perfect example.

    Ira Gershwin was married to Lenore for 55 years, and George was a notorious womanizer; he also had an affair with Kay Swift that lasted around ten years. I've never heard a whiff of suggestion that either was gay.

    I might dispute that. Back then it was possible to create PR myths to protect celebrities. Contemporaries describe George as gay, he never married, and his relationship with Kay Swift may have been purely creative.

    Ira in later years got entangled with Michael Feinstein, the former boy-toy of the late Oscar Levant, a gay Gershwin confidant. Feinstein is now publicly out and in a gay marriage. Ira's widow tried to quash rumors about him & Ira, and banned Feinstein from the 100th birthday celebration of George's music.
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    Aug 26, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    outdoorjunkie saidHadrian, Roman Emperor:

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    Widely hailed by historians of as the most versatile of the Roman Emperors, his passion for art, architecture, landscaping, hunting, and diplomacy led Rome through an era of peaceful expansion and prosperity. He also had a thing for Greek boys, his lover Antonius in particular ;)



    Hmmmm......the most versatile of the Roman Emperors.....sounds like a fun guy.
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    Aug 26, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    skifan08 saidLeonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, two of the (arguably, of course) greatest composers of the 20th century.

    Also, though it's not known for certain, there's a good chance that Leonardo da Vinci was gay as well. You can't be much more of a genius in many more areas than he was!



    Yes, da Vinci spent time in jail because of his dalliances with young men/old boys.

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    Aug 26, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    OK, to be fair about this, how about gay women? They should be included also. I don't know of any offhand other than Rosie O'Donnell and Jodie Foster. And Ellen Degeneres. Does anyone know of any gay women geniuses in history?
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    Sparkycat said
    skifan08 saidLeonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, two of the (arguably, of course) greatest composers of the 20th century.

    Also, though it's not known for certain, there's a good chance that Leonardo da Vinci was gay as well. You can't be much more of a genius in many more areas than he was!



    Yes, da Vinci spent time in jail because of his dalliances with young men/old boys.



    http://arthistory.about.com/cs/last_suppe1/f/leogay.htm