Thursday, July 23, 2009

Famous Gays In the Military

The list below comes from The New Gay Book of Lists, by Leigh W. Ruttledge. The book is published by Alyson Publications.

7 Famous Gay Men Who Served in the US Navy -
Craig Claiborne (b. 1920), NY Times food critic
Rick Donovan (b.1963), porn star
Allan Gurganus (b. 1947), writer
Rock Hudson (1925-1985), actor
Armistead Maupin (b. 1944), writer
Harvey Milk (1930-1978), politician and Gay rights activist
Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), poet

2 Famous Gay Men Who Served in the US Air Force -
Leonard Matlovich (1943-1988), gay rights activist
Larry Townsend (b. 1935), writer

17 Famous Gay or Bisexual Men Who Served in the US Army -
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), composer
James Beard (1903-1985), food connoisseur and writer
William S. Burroughs (b. 1913), writer
John Cheever (1912-1982), writer
George Cukor (1899-1983), film director
Malcolm Forbes, Sr., (1919-1990), businessman and magazine publisher
Andrew Holleran (b. 1946), writer
James Ivory (b. 1928), film director
Larry Kramer (b. 1935), writer
Rod McKuen (b. 1933), poet
James Merrill (1926-1995), poet
Merle Miller (1919-1986), writer
Peter Orlovsky (b. 1933), poet
Rev. Troy Perry (b. 1940), founder Metropolitan Community Church
John Rechy (b. 1934), writer
Gore Vidal (b. 1925), writer
Dr. Tom Waddell (1937-1987), decathlon athlete and gay rights activist

3 Famous Gay or Bisexual Men Who Served in the US Marine Corps -
Dave Connors (1945-1985), porn star
Tyrone Power (1913-1958), actor
Oliver Sipple (1942-1989), thwarted the 1975 assassination attempt by SJMoore on Pres.Ford

That is their list. I'm sure there could be more, but of course there has always been secrecy, se we may possibly never have a complete list. Another reason of course to end DADT! We can probably already add our friend Daniel Choi to this list for he has become a famous gay rights activist and is working not only to end DADT but also to end DOM.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I question the validity of this "list". Someone may have snuck up behind Ty Power when he was obliterated on good whiskey and then took credit for a gay "kill", but I don't think it could have been any other way. As for the other guys. Two in almost 240 years is a pretty good record. Why don't they start a new service for all the gays and call it,the Gay Guard. Then no one would have to ask in the first place.