Celebrating JUNE, the pride month - rainbow 🌈 diversity and contribution of LGBT babes 🏳️🌈 in the world.
We put together an impressive list of A1 achievers who were bisexual.
1. Alexander the Great (356 – 323 B.C) Conqueror of most of Asia and acknowledged as one of the greatest leaders and generals of all time.
2. Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875) Danish poet, novelist and writer of some of the world’s most famous fairy tales.
3. Aristotle (394 – 322 B.C) One f the greatest thinkers of all time. He systemised the science of logic. His work Organism (six essays on logic) is still the starting point for a student of the subject. His biological observations were astonishingly accurate
4. Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626) A brilliant British statesman, essayist and philosopher. He formulated and introduced the modern scientific method of inductive reasoning and method.
5. Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Regarded by many as the greatest classical composer of all time, he composed some of his greatest symphonies while totally deaf.
6. Sandro Botticelli (1441 – 1510) One of the greatest of the Renaissance painters. His paintings are in every great museum. Some of the most renowned are « Adoration of the Magi » (once hung in Leningrad, now in the national Gallery, Washington, D.C) and « Nativity » (National Gallery, London).
7. George Gordon Noel Lord Byron (1788 – 1824) One of England’s greatest poets, he created the « Byronic hero », a figure in literature. His « Don Juan », an epic satire, is one of the world’s literary masterpieces.
8. Julius Caesar (102 – 44 B.C) A great controversial figure in history. Either a defender of the rights of the people or an ambitious demagogue. But unquestionably he excelled in war, politics, statesmanship, oratory, and the social graces. He gave the world the Julian calendar which we still use. His Commentaries is considered by many to be a literary masterpiece and is still used in schools and colleges throughout the world for the study of Latin.
9. Caius Valerius Catullus (87 – 54 B.C) Regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets of all times. Some of his poems are still, two thousand years later, read, quoted, and loved, especially the poem which ends « frater ave atque vale » (« hail, brother, and farewell ») and « On the Death of Lesbia’s Sparrows ».
10. Benvenuto Cellini (1500 – 1571) The greatest goldsmith of all time. Also wrote one of the most remarkable autobiographies ever published.
11. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) German poet, dramatist, and scientist. Napoleon met him in 1808 and said
« There is a great man! ». He was very prolific, his collected works encompassing 150 volumes. Regarded by many as Germany’s greatest writer.
12. John Maynard Keynes (1883 – 1964) One of the greatest economists of all time. His 1936 work, the General Theory of employment, Interest and Money, influenced governments, presidents, and prime ministers throughout the world. Keynesian economics are still a significant theory accepted by many leading economists.
13. Billie Jean King (born 1943) Regarded by many as one of the greatest women tennis players. She won twenty world tennis championships from 1961 to 19179. She participated in setting a record for the greatest crowd at a tennis match when 30 472 fans came to watch her beat Bobby Riggs in straight sets on September 20, 1973. It was called « the tennis match of the century ».
14. Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593) English dramatist, second only to Shakespeare. Many authorities see his work in Titus Andronicus and King Henry VI.
15. William Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) One of the most popular English writers of the century. His books have been read, reread, loved, and made into movies such as Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, and The Razor’s Edge.
16. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564) Great Italian painter, architect, sculptor, and poet. His painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel stands as one of the artistic masterpieces of the world.
17. John Milton (1608 – 1674) Great English poet, author of Paradise Lost, considered by some to be the most important epic poem in the English language.
18. Vaslav Nijinsky (1890 – 1950) Ranks among the great male ballet dancers. He was the premier danseur with Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet and introduced many great ballets, including The afternoon of a Faun.
19. Pindar (518 – 438 B.C) Greek lyric poet. Formulated and developed the ode, still frequently called the
« Pindaric ode », later used by Dryden, Pope and Swift.
20. Plato (427 – 347 B.C) Greek philosopher and writer. His writings have had great influence on the human race.
21. Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922) Outstanding French novelist whose works contain a penetrating psychoanalysis of his generation.
22. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Considered by many the greatest dramatist the world has ever known. The majority of his sonnets are addressed with affection to a noble young man.
23. Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946) American author who exercised great influence on the development of realism in American letters. Her « A rose is a rose is a rose » will live forever alongside « a rose by any other name… »
24. Socrates (469 – 399 B.C) Greek philosopher and teacher. Although he wrote nothing, his disciple, Plato, recorded his teachings. Wrongly condemned to death. His martyrdom remains one of the greatest spiritual triumphs of the human race. Originator of the Socratic method of teaching.
25. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) One of Russia’s greatest musicians and composers. His ballets (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker) are even more popular today than when composed over a century ago.
26. Nicholas Udall (1505 – 1556) English schoolmaster and playwright. He became a headmaster at Eton and later wrote Ralph Roister Doister, regarded as the first English comedy.
27. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Enormously talented as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scientist.
28. Oscar Fingall O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900) Brilliant and versatile Irish writer, he authored plays (The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and others) that are still presented almost a century later, and a novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray) that is a classic.