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NYC’s LGBT+ roll of honour
Here are just some of the astonishing number of famous names in New York City’s LGBT+ history. They are mostly creative or performing artists, underlining the important role the arts have always played here.
John Ashbery, W H Auden, Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Frank O’Hara, Edna St Vincent Millay
Edward Albee, Noël Coward, Arthur Laurents, Tennessee Williams, Lanford Wilson
James Baldwin, Djuna Barnes, Rita Mae Brown, William S Burroughs, Truman Capote, Henry James, Larry Kramer, Carson McCullers, Herman Melville, Felice Picano, Edmund White
Fran Lebowitz, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan Sontag
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Cadmus, Charles Demuth, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz
Berenice Abbott, Alvin Baltrop, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, George Platt Lynes, Francesco Scavullo
Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace
Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Jonathan Larson, Gian Carlo Menotti, Cole Porter, Ned Rorem, Stephen Sondheim, Ray Stonghorn, Virgil Thomson
Alberta Hunter, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters
Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor
Penny Arcade, Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, Montgomery Clift, Quentin Crisp, Alan Cumming, Greta Garbo, Joel Grey, Rudolf Nureyev
David Bowie, Lou Reed
Please note that this list is partial, compiled with a ‘vague’ definition of a ‘New Yorker’ in mind and the realisation that names could belong in more than one category.