Following the rumours about John Travolta sexually assaulting his male masseurs and therefore being allegedly gay, my boyfriend said: but he doesn't look gay! Well, apart from scientologists being extremely weird (vide Tom Cruise, who the heck IS this guy??), gay actors and performers kept themselves in the closet until after the Stonewall events, that is late 70s. Before that, it was against the law to indulge in gay sex. Rules were in effect for men mostly, as female gay sexuality was not that threatening to enforced culture code. To be manly, masculine and muscular, that was the goal for all men in the western world, while the gals were left with 3 German K: kitchen, kuchen and kinder. It took almost three decades… but wait, did it? Have we really changed our perception of homosexual people, assuming on what my boyfriend said looking at a pic of John Travolta?
Here's the list of tough performers, actors, characters – a proof that one doesn't have to be a George Michael slash Elton John lookalike to be actually gay.
10. Ian McKellen – recently deceased actor used to joke round about his look as a 'creased plum, but there's a lot to squeeze from a creased plum'. Yep, Gandalf was gay.
9. Rock Hudson – on screen a romantic heart throb and lover to Doris Day, off screen – not to talk about, as it was the time of sweet, innocent 60s.
8. Richard Chamberlain – my, and probably yours too, grandmother wept to The Thorn Birds, not knowing that the sexy priest was queer as folk.
7. Albus Dumbledore – his sexuality came out after the series ended. Had no impact on the character whatsoever, as claimed by J.K. Rowling.
6. Rupert Everett – came out of the closet after shooting many very successful 90s romantic comedies. He is still playing straight guys in period movies, not mentioning one time really crappy movie with him and Madonna, playing themselves.