Parent article: List of gay, lesbian or bisexual people ; Siblings:. This is a partial list of confirmed famous people who were or are gay , lesbian or bisexual. Famous people who are simply rumored to be gay, lesbian or bisexual, are not listed. The historical concept and definition of sexual orientation varies and has changed greatly over time; for example the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until the mid 20th century. A number of different classification schemes have been used to describe sexual orientation since the midth century, and scholars have often defined the term "sexual orientation" in divergent ways.
By Sue Reid for the Daily Mail. At the heart of it is the simple question: how do you know if someone is telling the truth? For this year-old woman insists she is gay and would, therefore, face persecution in her home country where, according to Amnesty International, anyone found to have had a same-sex relationship risks life in prison. Yet when British immigration officials raided her home in London , she was found in bed with a man. That was the key piece of evidence the Home Office used to deport her nearly six years ago.
Who says mezzo-sopranos have to play second fiddle? Berlioz wrote five wonderful dramatic mezzo-soprano roles, of which Didon is perhaps the greatest. The mellow timbre of the mezzo-soprano voice perfectly evokes the maternal gentleness of Charlotte, a substitute mother to her younger siblings. Countess Geschwitz, the first lesbian to figure in an opera, is the most sympathetic and humane character in Lulu. Berg highlights her noble nature through some ravishing music, particularly in the final bars of the opera, as Geschwitz soars to the highest notes in the mezzo-soprano range in her dying elegy to Lulu.
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