Fortunately, we live in a mostly accepting time of homosexuality, but of course, history hasn’t been so kind to the gay community.
With centuries upon centuries of gay suppression, its no wonder that countless gay historical figures and celebrities have had to hide their controversial sexuality. No doubt, there are many closeted historical figures who we’ll never know if they were truly gay.
Some, however, were either not so adept at hiding their sexual preferences, or they were shockingly open with it. While nothing’s set in stone, we’ve managed to dig up a dozen gay historical figures whose sexuality is, more or less, agreed upon.
They may have been married or had children or denied it vehemently, but these men and women were quite likely gay in a time before that was at all acceptable.
Thankfully, now we can look back with interest, fascination, and acceptance of their homosexuality.
So scroll through the slideshow above to view some of the most surprising gay historical figures.