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OutUK pays tribute to men who have made their mark on gay culture. We profile the campaigners, writers, pop stars, footballers, politicans and others who've made a difference.
Alexander McQueen
He doesn't care who he upsets. He's turned down the Palace and slagged-off Madonna. No wonder he's called fashion's "bad boy".
Boy George
He once told everybody he preferred a cup of tea to sex, has survived a serious drug problem to become a club DJ and mixer.
Clint Walters
Diagnosed HIV positive when he was 17, Clint worked with today's teenagers and talks to them about safe sex.
Darren Johnson
Gay and green, Darren spearheaded reforms in the first London Assembly as an advisor to Ken Livingstone.
David Beckham
"He's a big flirt. He walks around the kitchen going 'I'm a gay icon, I'm a gay icon'." We celebrate our favourite breeder boy.
David Hockney
One of the UK's greatest artists - "You can take the boy out of Bradford but you can't take Bradford out of the boy."
Derek Jarman
No topic was ever taboo for the fiercely non-conformist Derek Jarman, "I've only ever done what I've wanted."
Dirk Bogarde
He was more than a pretty face, and his fans were once so eager to get into his pants that he use to sew up his flies at premieres.
Elton John
'I'm Still Standing' but at one time this now knighted superstar nearly wasn't because of drink and drugs.
Freddie Mercury
"The most important thing, darling, is to live a fabulous life. As long as it's fabulous I don't care how long I live."
George Michael
Ladies and Gentlemen "I feel stupid, reckless and weak". The International Star and Reluctant Icon who's loved by us all.
Graham Norton
Camp and cruel, he doesn't really mean to upset people. "Every comic wants to be liked. I'm no exception to that al all."
Homer J Simpson
He's the greatest TV character of all time. He's an anti- hero, a small-screen icon, and an all-American oaf. He's one of us.
Ian McKellen
"I am one of them." The words of the accomplished actor who came out at 49. Nowadays he's known as a God not a Monster.
Jimmy Somerville
The small town boy with the distinctive falsetto voice, a political conscience and a determined will to put right the world.
Joe Orton
"I'm an acquired taste" said Orton as a double entendre. Edna Welthorpe, (Mrs) would have written to say she didn't approve.
Kenneth Williams
Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it "In For Me!" The Carry On Comedian who thought those films he starred in were "crap".
Michael Barrymore
If there was a prize for "the most troubled TV entertainer" Michael Barrymore would win - it's the only award he has yet to collect.
Nigel Hawthorne
"I didn't really know who I was, until I was middle-aged", claimed Sir Nigel Hawthorne, King George III and civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby.
Oscar Wilde
"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about", said one of our greatest writers.
Peter Tatchell
"Pure poison" and "enemy of the people" are just some of the kinder things to have been written about this gay rights campaigner.
Pet Shop Boys
"Music represents the good side of mankind." Neil and Chris the Northern Boys who became famous for the West End Girls.
Quentin Crisp
Dennis Pratt, the writer who became famous for a naked civil servant. He made himself his own man - by not looking like one.
Rupert Everett
The star of stage & screen who said, "If I had to wear a banner and had to write something on it, I would be writing 'actor', not 'homosexual'."
Stephen Fry
"I knew I was gay the moment I was born. I looked up into my mother's face, and said 'That's the last time I ever go up one of those!'."
Stephen Gateley
It was every boyband lover's dream come true when the Boyzone star came out and told the world about his Dutch boyfriend.


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