In the ’50s and ‘60s, American TV audiences enthusiastically welcomed Raymond Burr into their homes as ace defense attorney Perry Mason. His character was a gay man who loved men and was unapologetic about it. It was a groundbreaking depiction of homosexuality on television that helped pave the way for similar roles in later years.
The acclaimed playwright and professor was also an award-winning author. He wrote many plays about black sexuality and was the chair of playwriting at Yale School of Drama. He won multiple awards and was a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble.
He starred in a number of feature films and tv shows, including Missing Persons, Early Edition, CSI, Boston Legal, Treme and The Mandalorian. He was a trim, handsome man with a longish chin and played a variety of gawky businessmen in feature films. He was also a well-known tv star, starring as the second Darrin on Bewitched.
One of the slickest and most stylish songwriters of his generation, Frank Ocean came out as a gay man in 2012. He was an important figure in the queer community and was a major influence on pop culture.
The renowned French fashion designer passed away in his home in Paris in 2019. He was best known for his bold, glamorous designs and his work with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Cardi B. He was a favorite of fashion editors and was seen at the red carpet and at other high-profile events.