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Greatest gay genius of the past 100 years

Who is the greatest gay genius of the past 100 years?%0D %0D Alan Turing?%0D %0D Tennessee Williams?%0D %0D Sir Lawrence Olivier?%0D %0D Lawrence of Arabia?%0D %0D Who?

by Anonymousreply 12807/28/2014

Jean Genet. Made all the other fags look like poseurs and sissies.

by Anonymousreply 108/29/2011

OMG! Did one of those guys write "Beaches"?

by Anonymousreply 208/29/2011

John Maynard Keynes. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 308/29/2011

I really don't like to blow my own trumpet.

by Anonymousreply 408/29/2011

Nobody who voluntarily worked for Jesse Helms is eligible R4

by Anonymousreply 508/29/2011

Michel Foucault.

Stephen Sondheim.

by Anonymousreply 608/29/2011

I loathe his politics, but Peter Thiel is certainly in the running. Again, I hate his politics...

by Anonymousreply 708/29/2011

John Waters.

by Anonymousreply 808/29/2011

Ugh. John Maynard Keynes was a racist cretin.

by Anonymousreply 908/29/2011


by Anonymousreply 1008/29/2011

Alan Turing

by Anonymousreply 1108/29/2011

[R4] Sorry dear. Maybe the most overrated gay writer in the last 100 years.

Mr. Fry has my vote, however. And Genet.

by Anonymousreply 1208/29/2011

You don't have to vote for Mr Fry, dear. I am sure he'll cast enough for himself. He's a pompous, self-satisfied ass who, happily, will never earn as much as his former comedy partner does for acting.

by Anonymousreply 1308/29/2011

Quentin Crisp, who were he not so damned witty would have been a revered philosopher.

by Anonymousreply 1408/29/2011

Oscar Wilde

by Anonymousreply 1508/29/2011

I'd probably say Ludwig Wittgenstein. Followed by Proust and Andy Warhol.

by Anonymousreply 1608/29/2011

Another vote for Alan Turing.

by Anonymousreply 1708/29/2011

Michael Bennett

by Anonymousreply 1808/29/2011

R15 did you follow instructions?

by Anonymousreply 1908/29/2011

The fag who invented the glory hole.

by Anonymousreply 2008/29/2011

Adolph Hitler

by Anonymousreply 2108/29/2011

Wait. John Maynard Keynes was a homosexual?

Knew it!

by Anonymousreply 2208/29/2011

Barney Frank is brilliant.%0D %0D So is the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, who could become the Chancellor of Germany one day.%0D %0D Alan Turing%0D %0D Michael Bennett%0D %0D Stephen Sondheim%0D %0D Cole Porter%0D %0D Noel Coward%0D %0D Tennessee Williams%0D %0D Edward Albee%0D %0D Tony Kushner%0D %0D Marc Shaiman

by Anonymousreply 2308/29/2011

Oscar Wilde died in 1900 so he doesn't qualify as being from the last 100 years.

by Anonymousreply 2408/29/2011

Thethoughtfulcunt owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 2508/29/2011

What, no lesbians? I'm not surprised.

by Anonymousreply 2608/29/2011

Another vote for Turing

by Anonymousreply 2708/29/2011

Maybe we should categorize...Foe greatest gay actress...ALLA NAZIMOVA!

by Anonymousreply 2808/29/2011

Brian Epstein.

by Anonymousreply 2908/29/2011

r26 *crickets*

by Anonymousreply 3008/29/2011

Lesbians work in silence, making the world go round without the rest ever noticing.

by Anonymousreply 3108/29/2011

Alan Turing

by Anonymousreply 3208/29/2011

Elton John

by Anonymousreply 3308/29/2011

Do people ever put on Tennessee Williams plays anymore? The occasional Streetcar is revived, but not much else.

by Anonymousreply 3408/29/2011

Alan Turing

by Anonymousreply 3508/29/2011

R34 there have been revivals all year in NYC because of his centennial. Menagerie is done all the time, Sweet bird was announced for Broadway next year, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has had 2 revivals on Broadway in the last ten years.

by Anonymousreply 3608/29/2011

Where is this evidence against Keynes?

by Anonymousreply 3709/01/2011

There aren't any lesbians listed because women were not allowed to participate in any careers or academia until after WWII except for rare exceptions. Madame Curie was one of the first. Then some female writers followed. But we haven't had enough years of "equality" yet to have many female geniuses to emerge. They will, though.

by Anonymousreply 3809/17/2011

Hands down it was Turing. In many ways he's the father of both the modern computing era and the AI era we're just seeing come into fruition now.

by Anonymousreply 3909/17/2011

Larry Kramer

by Anonymousreply 4009/17/2011

Larry Masnada!! I had a crush on this guy for over 40 years and he died just so I would never get to go to bed with him.

by Anonymousreply 4109/17/2011


by Anonymousreply 4209/17/2011

With regards to the arts, Cherry Jones. She is one of the grand dames of the Broadway stage and she has always been out.

And. She is from a tiny town over in Tennessee. She is a self made lady. Knew no one in the business and yet conquered it on the basis of her artistic abilities.

by Anonymousreply 4309/17/2011


by Anonymousreply 4409/17/2011

Gertrude Stein! Gertrude Stein! Gertrude Stein!

by Anonymousreply 4509/17/2011

Bayard Rustin. He changed the world.

by Anonymousreply 4609/30/2011

Edna Ferber?

by Anonymousreply 4709/30/2011

Samuel Barber

by Anonymousreply 4809/30/2011

R3 Actually John Maynard Keynes was bisexual not gay.

John Waters is funny but I wouldn't call him a genius.

by Anonymousreply 4909/30/2011

Larry Kramer is not a genius he's just a professional complainer.

Oscar Wilde was bisexual so that doesn't make him a gay man.

by Anonymousreply 5009/30/2011

Charles Nelson Reily owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 5109/30/2011

Brent Corrigan

by Anonymousreply 5209/30/2011

Lauritz Melchior

by Anonymousreply 5309/30/2011

[quote]Hands down it was Turing. In many ways he's the father of both the modern computing era and the AI era we're just seeing come into fruition now.

How I love to remind internet troll homophobes and braying YouTube rightwing fundies that they wouldn't even HAVE a voice if it weren't for a gay man allowing them to have one via the medium they use to abuse.

Ironic isn't it?

Another vote for him from me. I wish he were here to see he's wasn't alone or live his life in shame.

by Anonymousreply 5409/30/2011

Another vote for Noel Coward. He did it all.

by Anonymousreply 5509/30/2011

Eleanor Rosevelt

by Anonymousreply 5609/30/2011

Freddie Mercury

by Anonymousreply 5709/30/2011

Turing, Sondheim, Williams. Also W H Auden and Benjamin Britten.

by Anonymousreply 5809/30/2011

If one is measuring 'great' by their influence on the lives of others, it's Keynes by a mile.

It one is measuring 'great' by the tiny little world of theatre queens, it certainly isn't Sondheim. Despite his talent, he's a fame midget compared to Cole Porter or Noel Coward.

by Anonymousreply 5910/01/2011

r23 = Marc Shaiman

by Anonymousreply 6010/01/2011

Turing, Turing, Turing. There's really no comparison. I love John Waters, but--c'mon.

by Anonymousreply 6110/01/2011

Elton John & Cole Porter for music.

Alan Turing for science.

by Anonymousreply 6201/16/2012

There's some evidence Nikola Tesla was a homo. He was a confirmed bachelor.


[quote]Tesla was prone to alienating himself and was generally soft-spoken. However, when he did engage in a social life, many people spoke very positively and admiringly of him. Robert Underwood Johnson described him as attaining a "distinguished sweetness, sincerity, modesty, refinement, generosity, and force." His loyal secretary, Dorothy Skerrit, wrote: "his genial smile and nobility of bearing always denoted the gentlemanly characteristics that were so ingrained in his soul." Tesla's friend Hawthorne wrote that "seldom did one meet a scientist or engineer who was also a poet, a philosopher, an appreciator of fine music, a linguist, and a connoisseur of food and drink." [bold] Nevertheless, Tesla could be harsh at times; he openly expressed his disgust for overweight people, once firing a secretary because of her weight. He was quick to criticize others' clothing as well, on several occasions directing a subordinate to go home and change her dress.[/bold]

by Anonymousreply 6301/16/2012

E.M. Forster

by Anonymousreply 6401/16/2012

Alan Turing of course



EM Forster

EF Benson - if only for Mapp & Lucia

also in a minor key Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Terence Rattigan and Tennessee Williams.

- Oscar Wilde for the previous 100 years.

by Anonymousreply 6501/16/2012


Tesla was totally a homo.

by Anonymousreply 6611/23/2012

David Hoyle during his incarnation as The Divine David. A true modernist cabaret punk performer always pushing boundaries. He blew my mind during that period, contradicted himself constantly in a very clever way that brought the point home far more poignantly.

by Anonymousreply 6711/23/2012

Randy Blue

by Anonymousreply 6811/23/2012

Auden, Wittgenstein, or Lorca.

Impossible to choose.

by Anonymousreply 6911/23/2012

Turing laid the foundations for the modern computer age so I say he's a good candidate.

by Anonymousreply 7011/23/2012

Most of these people are just...talented.

Greatest gay genius is too tall an order.

Turing definitely deserves to be here, though.

by Anonymousreply 7111/23/2012

It's Turing and Wittgenstein for me, hands down.

by Anonymousreply 7211/23/2012

No one has shaped contemporary queer culture in America like Dan Savage.

by Anonymousreply 7311/23/2012

Wittgenstein was a dullard.

by Anonymousreply 7411/23/2012

Both you and Wittgenstein are too materialistic!

by Anonymousreply 7511/23/2012

Agree that Turing and Wittgenstein were geniuses. They were both exceptional.

The other names put forward in this thread are talented but not in the same league at all.

End thread.

by Anonymousreply 7611/23/2012

Lao Tzu did it earlier and better than you, Plotinus!

But stupid just the same.

by Anonymousreply 7711/23/2012

Turing, Genet, and Sondheim are all great choices.

by Anonymousreply 7811/23/2012

It was a punny joke, R74 / R77... I like materialism as much as the next guy.

by Anonymousreply 7911/23/2012

Alan Turing

by Anonymousreply 8011/23/2012

One of the greats: Gore Vidal

Jean Genet

Alan Turing

John Maynard Keynes

by Anonymousreply 8111/23/2012

How sad that Turing, really the only person who 100% deserves to me mentioned (many others can be debated for or against) basically killed himself because he was gay. What a waste of a once in a generation mind.

by Anonymousreply 8211/23/2012

I had no idea Keynes was gay.

by Anonymousreply 8311/23/2012

Thanks for the Barber shout out, R48. His Adagio for Strings is an atypical work.

by Anonymousreply 8411/23/2012

ryan seacrest

by Anonymousreply 8511/23/2012

David Geffen!

by Anonymousreply 8611/23/2012

Wittgenstein came to mind first, but then I saw all the Turing responses in this thread... Now it's hard to choose.

It's definitely between those two, though. The others mentioned are talented, but Wittgenstein and Turing were true game-changers.

by Anonymousreply 8711/23/2012

Turing and Sondheim

by Anonymousreply 8811/23/2012

Alan Turing. Quite possibly the Greatest Genius of the last 100 years: regardless of sexual orientation.

by Anonymousreply 8911/23/2012

Survey says........ Turing

by Anonymousreply 9011/23/2012

(includes some bis)

Federico Garcia Lorca

Gertrude Stein

Virginia Woolf

Jean Genet

James Baldwin

Pedro Almodovar

Edward Albee

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Tennessee Williams

Stephen Sondheim

Lorenz Hart

Cole Porter

Marcel Proust

Frida Kahlo

by Anonymousreply 9111/23/2012

R91, only Woolf and Proust are definite geniuses. The others are talented, noteworthy, fit to be studied and revered, but not geniuses.

by Anonymousreply 9211/23/2012

Warhol. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 9311/23/2012

Marc Jacobs

David Geffen

Perez Hilton

by Anonymousreply 9411/23/2012

Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor. Westside Story, Candide. Just for his interpretation of the Mahler symphonies alone, his name should live forever!

by Anonymousreply 9511/26/2012

Taylor Meade

by Anonymousreply 9611/26/2012

Rock Hudson

by Anonymousreply 9711/26/2012

Jerry Robbins, although he was sometimes bi.

by Anonymousreply 9811/26/2012

Paul Lynde.

Would someone kindly start a thread entitled: "If a Feature Film Were Made About Paul Lynde"?

(body of text):

Who should play him? Who should play his many TV co-stars and celebrity friends (e.g. Phyllis Diller, Charlotte Rae, Elizabeth Montgomery, et al)

Please start this thread for me. Thanks in advance.

by Anonymousreply 9911/26/2012

Turing did such significant crypto work for Great Britain in WW2 that without him the world might be a much different place. It's amazingly tragic that the government he served so well essentially tormented the man into suicide.

by Anonymousreply 10011/26/2012

Thomas Mann...

Most of the responses say a lot more about the posters here than the people they are talking about...Stephen Sondheim, Barney Frank...really? LOL.

by Anonymousreply 10101/06/2014

It seems like Turing was the most commonly mentioned name, as he should be, so that is nice.

Really the OP should have said excluding Turing because I don't think you can make an argument for a single person even approaching him.

by Anonymousreply 10201/06/2014

Taylor Lautner.

by Anonymousreply 10301/06/2014

Reichen Lemkuhl.

by Anonymousreply 10401/06/2014

Sorry, but Proust was no genius.

by Anonymousreply 10501/06/2014

TREVOR ADAMS! Though I maintain he's gay-for-pay.

by Anonymousreply 10601/06/2014

Albert Einstein.

by Anonymousreply 10701/06/2014

[quote]Do people ever put on Tennessee Williams plays anymore? The occasional Streetcar is revived, but not much else.

They show up on college campuses quite a bit, especially Streetcar and Menagerie. Much of Williams seems very dated now and just doesn't resonate with audiences the way it once did.

by Anonymousreply 10801/06/2014

Alan Turing without a doubt.

Won WW2 for the allies, and invented computer science. He changed the world for the better.

by Anonymousreply 10901/06/2014

Truman Capote

by Anonymousreply 11001/06/2014

Keynes was a brilliant economist, and still has the only economic theory that actually works (well, it's been significantly modified over time, but that was also part of his genius... looking at what ACTUALLY happens and modeling THAT, rather than what we WANT or WISH would happen)

by Anonymousreply 11101/06/2014


Agree with your choice of Thomas Mann. He was one of the greatest authors of the 20th century. As important, he was one of the leading German (along with Einstein and Dietrich) expats of the 30s and 40s, constantly speaking out against Hitler.

To be fair, Mann was in Switzerland when Hitler took power & did not return (except briefly after WW II), but it took a while before he went after Hitler publicly -- once he did, it was all out.

by Anonymousreply 11201/06/2014

Cockgobbler Aaron Schock, genius cockgobbler.

by Anonymousreply 11301/06/2014

The whole Keynes family were gay, generation by generation. When they had to hide and get married, this was obscured from the public by having a few children; but in my generation, the whole family is going to die out.

by Anonymousreply 11401/06/2014

Brian Epstein gave The Beatles to the world and the changes they brought cannot be underestimated ...

by Anonymousreply 11501/06/2014

Alan Turing.

And I can't remember which, but wasn't one of the scientists who discovered the DNA helix gay, also? Crick or Watson?

by Anonymousreply 11601/06/2014

R116 Brian Epstein, however, is not one of The Beatles. He didn't write songs, play an instrument, sing, etc. being a manager is not genius, it's just a salesman. All the Beatles except poor old Ringo were musical geniuses, not their pimp.

by Anonymousreply 11701/06/2014

TOM DALEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 11801/08/2014

Gore Vidal

by Anonymousreply 11906/03/2014


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by Anonymousreply 12106/04/2014

R59 believes "fame" = "genius". Presumably Liberace leads his list.

Another vote here for Turing.

But Sondheim is the greatest theatrical genius (gay or otherwise) by a mile, not only for the revolution he caused in musical theatre but because of the incredible variety of subjects and styles from which he has extracted dazzling results. There is nobody in theatre (of any kind) in the last 100 years with successfully realised works as various as Pacific Overtures, Follies, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George. Even if he'd only written those four he'd be on his own.

by Anonymousreply 12206/04/2014

Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Thomas Mann--three certified geniuses.

by Anonymousreply 12306/04/2014

Should a candidate not just be gay but in some way use or express gayness in achieving greatness?

My vote? Another for Genet.

by Anonymousreply 12406/04/2014

Sergei Diaghilev Sergei Eisenstein

by Anonymousreply 12506/04/2014

That guy who broke the Nazi's Enigma Code.

by Anonymousreply 12606/04/2014


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