William Thomas Beckford (1760 - 1844) was a bisexual British author, art collector, and politician, proclaimed to be "the richest commoner in England." He was a member of Parliament for several years and oversaw the construction of Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower.
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing (1956 - 2003 ) was a bisexual Hong Kong actor and musician. Nicknamed "Gor Gor" ("elder brother"), Cheung was one of Asia's most famous and influential superstars and went on to portray gay characters after coming out of the closet. He suffered from depression in his later years and committed suicide in 2003.
Sir William Dobell (1899 - 1970) was a gay Australian sculptor and painter. His talent earned him traveling scholarships around the world and he was commissioned four times by TIME magazine to illustrate their cover.
Greta Garbo (1905 - 1990) was a bisexual Swedish actress and film star during Hollywood's silent and classical film era. Her first talking film, Anna Christie (1930) recieved an Academy Award nomination.
Paul Goodman (1911 - 1972) was a bisexual American author, poet, psychoanalyst, anarchist, and pacifist. He was one of the co-creators of Gestalt Therapy in the 40s and 50s and went on to inspire the gay liberation movment in the 70s.
Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856 - 1931) was a gay German photographer who primarily lived and worked in Italy. His homoerotic photographs never achieved the fame of his more chaste (and heteronormative) ones. Both types of photographs often featured Classical themes and images.
Julien Green (1900 - 1998) was a prolific gay American writer. Green primarily wrote in French and was elected to the Académie française, the first non-French national to be so. He was also an ambulance driver in WW1, both with the American forces - to whom he lied about his age - and the Red Cross before enlisting in the French Army until 1919.
Ferdinand Karsch (1853 - 1936) was a German arachnologist, entomologist, and anthropologist. In adition to studying many insects and arachnids, Karsch also wrote on homosexuality in animals and in the lives of "primitive" peoples. He was an open homosexual in Berlin, which ended up ruining his reputation when Hitler came to power.
Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991) was a bisexual British singer-songwriter and most famous for being the lead vocalist and lyricist of Queen. He was born Farrokh Bulsara and grew up in Zanzibar and in India. Mercury was the first major rock star to die of AIDS.
Philippe I, Duke of France (1640 - 1701) was the youngest son of Louis XIII. Philippe was openly homosexual and effeminate, a stance encouraged by the court in hopes of reducing any threat to his older brother Louis XIV's claim to the throne.
Mary Renault (1905 - 1983) - lesbian writer from South Africa. Renault was famous for her fictional portrayals of Ancient Greece, including such figures as Theseus, Socrates, and Plato. She also wrote a non-fiction biography of Alexander the Greast.
Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967) was a decorated WW1 British soldier commended for his bravery on the Western Front. He later went on to be a poet and author, often writing on the horrors of war and mocking those who incited such violence in the first place.
Pier Vittorio Tondelli (1955 - 1991) was an LGBT Italian writer and literary critic who often came up against censorship due to the homosexual themes in his works. He died of AIDS in 1991.