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.
One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso " for popularizing the Trinidadian Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the s. His breakthrough album Calypso was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. He has recorded and performed in many genres, including blues , folk , gospel , show tunes , and American standards. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the Anti-Apartheid Movement and USA for Africa.
The historical concept and definition of sexual orientation varies and has changed greatly over time; for example the word "gay" was not 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. Indeed, several studies have found that much of the research about sexual orientation has failed to define the term at all, making it difficult to reconcile the results of different studies.