The society has long been familiar with the concept of homosexuality. And in nature, the manifestation of same-sex love is quite common. Despite the fact that most of the history of moral was not welcomed by such attitude, many people with non-traditional sexual orientation could significantly change the history and culture of society. Let it be so, and I had to hide my personal life.
You can treat this phenomenon differently, but it will be hard to deny that among gay men there were many iconic people of their time. There is even a term gay culture, it is based on centuries-old traditions. We will tell below about the most famous homosexuals that influenced the development of our civilization.
This person has formed an idea of the nature of love between men. A great philosopher was born in 469 BC. in Athens. Socrates lived extremely unpretentiously, trying to strengthen his spirit. He stopped engaging in everyday affairs, and spent time in the shade of trees, discussing questions of benefactor, justice and spirituality. The disciples of Socrates were young men from the very best families. The philosopher instructed them not only from the spiritual, but also from the love side. He could, by brilliant logical statements, justify the moral ethics of same-sex love. Socrates did not keep records, but his dialogues were preserved by the students. Thus, Plato told the story of the beginning of the love of an adult male mentor to his young pupil. In 399 BC. Socrates was seized and accused of heresy and corruption of the youth and executed. It is believed that this philosopher had a great influence on the formation of the gay worldview. His dialogues in “Phaedrus” and “Feast” of Plato call the man’s passion for the boy nothing more than divine insanity. She makes you forget the material, the person becomes magnanimous and forgets about self-interest. A man does not bow so much to physical perfection as to the philosophical beauty of a young man. In the future, such a passion was called “platonic love,” but gays understand what Socrates wanted to say.
Alexander the Great.
The great commander was born in 356 in Macedonia. Already at the age of 20 he entered the throne, and in 334 he began his legendary campaign to the East. Alexander defeated the Persians and Egyptians, invaded Mesopotamia and reached almost to Egypt. During the 11 years of the campaign, the commander did not suffer a single defeat. Alexander became not only a great military man, but also a politician, having managed to unite such a different country into a single empire. It is curious that the conduct of the conqueror does not at all resemble the traditional appearance of a gay man, as a weak and feminine creation. It was a manly and charismatic man who could rush personally into the battle, making a decisive advantage. Alexander got a lot of injuries. Alexander’s marriages were of a political nature, he paid little attention to his wives. The main love affair of the emperor was a friend of his childhood Hephaestion. When Alexander arrived in Troy, he laid a wreath at the tomb of Achilles, and Hephaestion – at the grave of Patroclus. This clearly spoke of the relationship of men, because the ancient heroes also loved each other. In addition, Alexander called his friend the same Alexander, like him. This showed that the emperor regarded himself and Hephaestion as one whole. After the death of a loved one, Alexander was so inconsolable that he ordered the crucifixion of a doctor who could not save a friend. Then the lover of the general even before his death became the Persian youth-eunuch Bagoas. Leonardo da Vinci.
The great genius came into being in 1452. His unusual talents were quickly noticed by the artist Andrea del Verrocino. At the age of 14, Leonardo becomes his disciple. But 10 years later, he, along with the teacher and other artists, is accused of committing certain “godless acts” in relation to the 17-year-old sitter. Then there was a service at the court of Louis Sforza, the French king. Leonardo da Vinci was a very secretive person. Even all of his records were coded. That’s why little is known about the personal life of a genius.Exactly the same – around him there were always a lot of beautiful young men who served as Leonardo’s assistants. These are Cesare de Sesto, Andrea Sa Laino and Boltraffio. And the young nobleman Francesco Melzi, Leonardo even adopted, declaring his heir. In the environment of the genius was also the ten-year-old boy Kaprotti. The psychology of Leonardo da Vinci was considered by Sigmund Freud in his special essay. There it was said that as a boy the artist suppressed his love for his mother. This led to identification with her and the choice of the corresponding sexual model. As a fan of boys and falling in love with them, Leonardo seemed to avoid women, keeping his mother faithful. A natural attraction to women is present, simply in this case the gay seeks to transfer the resulting stimulation to the male object. It is these transformations of desires that created the famous smile of Mona Lisa. Today, Leonardo da Vinci remains an idol of gays, because he is a man of great creative energy. His genius was inseparably linked with homosexuality.
A great composer was born in 1840. He has shown love for music since childhood. True, the parents did not encourage this hobby, believing that it can overexcite an already nervous teenager. In the life of Tchaikovsky often there were nervous breakdowns. Despite this, he graduated from the conservatory. He began to teach. In 1877, the composer married Antonina Milyukova, but this step, designed to overcome unconventional orientation, leads to another breakdown. Tchaikovsky even tried to commit suicide, tired of fighting off his wife’s sexual assault. Chaikovsky could rest only with his sister, in the Ukrainian Kamenka. There he hopelessly fell in love with his nephew, Vladimir Davydov. About feelings for Bob, Peter Ilyich frankly wrote in his diary. The composer called him his ideal, beautiful, incomparable, graceful. He did not want to leave his beloved Tchaikovsky. There are reasons to believe that the platonic relations have evolved into something more than time. It was Boba composer in his will named the only heir. Yes, and the death of the composer left many questions. According to the official version, Tchaikovsky died because of the cholera epidemic. However, today there is evidence that a scandal over Pyotr Ilyich was due to his connection with the young nephew of Duke Stenbock-Fermor. But this family was akin to the imperial one. Publicity of relations would entail a shame for the composer, deprivation of rights and property and reference. Therefore, it is likely that Tchaikovsky preferred suicide.
This writer has long been considered a classic of world literature, and for a homosexual culture he has become a true icon. In modern history it is undoubtedly gay number one. Wild appeared in 1854 in Irish Dublin. The writer graduated from Oxford, where he immediately became famous, as a rare dandy and an esthete. Wilde revolved in a respectable society, and his talents gained recognition. In 1884, the writer married and quickly got two sons. Family happiness did not last long – in 1886 Oscar Wilde met a 17-year-old Oxford student Robert Ross, who seduced him. Relations became secret, the writer began to lead a double life, more and more immersed in the circle of young gays. In 1891, the famous novel “Doren Gray’s Pottery” was published. Then the fatal acquaintance of the writer with Lord Alfred Douglas took place. This young man was a passionate admirer of Wilde’s talent, and read his best story 9 times. The writer himself was fascinated by the beauty of the 22-year-old boy. Between them a love affair arose. Soon Wilde introduced the young lord to a circle of his gay friends who were ready for everything for money. The scandal was brewing. In response to the insults of Father Douglas, the writer filed a court order. But there were presented irrefutable evidence and testimony of a lot of young people, whom Wilde pestered. The writer was immediately arrested on charges of sodomy and sentenced to 2 years of hard labor.There he undermined his health and died at the age of 46. The tragic fate of Oscar Wilde and all his work became turning point in the public attitude towards gays. The writer lived at a time when the boundaries between the homosexual and the heterosexual began to form in society. It was Wilde who laid the foundations for the designation of homosexual principles. He managed to declare to the whole world about the existence and nature of same-sex love.
This man’s real name is Andrzej Varlocha. He was born in 1928 in Pennsylvania. In 1949, Andrzej received a diploma as a designer and moved to New York. It was there that a new name was born, which was to become famous. Warhol worked as a designer in fashion stores, collaborated with magazines, and soon began to draw. His work in the style of pop art quickly announced a sensation. He was in the center of the creative movement, which included, among other things, gay artists. In the studio of Warhol “Factory” extraordinary and creative personalities gathered. In the 80’s Warhol is already a famous commercial artist, behind his shoulders were the famous portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Lisa Minelli, Mao. Andy never hid his orientation, although he stated that he prefers watching active participation in sex. His fantasies were much more fascinating than carnal pleasures. The very same Warhol seemed very lonely, although he was constantly in the crowd noisy fans.
This son of an accountant of Turkish origin at birth in 1946 was named Farrukh Bulsar. And he appeared in the world in Zanzibar. In 1971, Mercury, the keyboard player of one of the many London music bands, was invited to Queen. The band became cult in glam rock, and Freddie himself was considered its leader. In the 1970s Queen became famous not only in England, but also in the United States. At the same time they came up with accompanying their singles video, creating one of the first video clips in rock music. The stage image of Queen in the form of satin garments made the group itself geyskoy among all the glam teams of the 70’s. By the 80th, Queen musicians had become the most highly paid in the British show business. And all ended with Freddie’s illness and death from AIDS in 1991. Back in 1969, the musician met Mary Austin, having lived with her for 7 years. But then they broke up, as Freddie told her that he was drawn to men. The image of the singer from the very beginning initiated the questions about his orientation, but he always answered the press evasively, declaring that he had sex with someone he loved. But inside the “Queen” the homosexuality of the leader of the group was not a secret. Only after the death of Mercury surfaced the history of his relationship with several men. About his relationship with the singer for the last 6 years of his life wrote a book, a certain Jim Hutton. Rudolf Nureyev.
The great dancer was born in 1938. The family lived in such poverty that the boy had to put on his sister’s dress to attend school. Everything changed the visit to the concert in the theater of opera and ballet. Nureyev started dancing with 11. The talent was so bright that at the age of 20 Rudolph graduated from college in Leningrad and soloed at the Kirov Theater. But the stubborn nature and admiration of the West forced Nureyev to seek political asylum in France during the tour. It is said that the KGB populated a room for a dancer of a certain Yuri Solovyov, so that he confirmed Nuriyev’s non-traditional orientation. It happened, Nuriev was threatened with either a prison or a job by an informant. He chose to escape to the West. There the dancer did not get lost – he collaborated with the Royal Ballet, successfully toured America. The sensuality of the dancer attracted the gaze of gay men. And Nuriyev himself often went to institutions for sex minorities. His homosexuality was an “open” secret. One of Nureyev’s most passionate connections was Eric Brun, who conquered the Soviet audience during the American Ballet tour in 1960.This dancer was the complete opposite of Nuriev, which seduced him. Rudolph said that with women it is necessary to work hard, while with men everything is much easier. And the pleasure in this case more. But Rudolph’s main love was still a dance, he managed to make the role of partner in the ballet as significant as the ballerinas.
No matter how regrettable it is for women, this handsome Frenchman was also gay. But he played bold and brave characters, he performed tricks. In a word, he seemed like a real man. The constitution of the actor was textured, and his face was courageous with pronounced volitional features. Jean Marais was born in 1913. From the age of 4 he dreamed of a movie. But before that he had worked as a photographer, artist, sculptor. In 1937, among the extras in the theater “Atelier” for the main role of the author of the play Jean Cocteau chose no one known Jean Marais. The young actor was afraid that he would require intimate services for this, but the writer did not want anything in return. True after the premiere, he called Mare with the words: “Come soon, a disaster!”. And it consisted in the fact that Cocteau fell in love with a young actor. At that time, the famous poet and writer was 48 years old, and his elect is half that. The young Marais trembled before the master, listening to him in everything. Soon a romance ensued between them. Cocteau so adored his Jeannot, that he became everything to him. He was both a teacher and a delicate lover, devoting erotic poetry to his chosen one. Cocteau taught a novice actor of life. Their tender friendship lasted 26 years, for all this time they have never quarreled. According to the scenes of Cocteau, successful films were made, where Marais played the main roles. After the death of his friend, the actor immortalized his memory in plays and films. His private life without Cocteau seemed to have stopped.
A modern icon of gay movement is the singer and composer Elton John. His musical career began back in the 60’s. Since then, he has managed to sell more than 250 million records. The merits of Elton John are marked by the Order of the British Empire, the title of Sir, with five Grammy Awards. He enters the Hall of Fame songwriters and the hall of fame rock’n’roll. About his bisexual musician openly stated in an interview in 1976. In 1984, Elton John married Rinat Blauel. However, the marriage broke up. The man himself realized that he does not feel a desire for women. Elton John was tormented by depression, he was addicted to alcohol and drugs. Only an acquaintance with his future spouse David Furnish changed the life of the musician. Their wedding took place in 2005, and in 2010 the couple got a child with the help of a surrogate mother.