The new infant English prince has been named George Alexander Louis, and it's been popular for many monarchs. But the name George—which was big for babies in the 1920s and 1950s—hasn’t seen a heyday in a long time. It’s ranked #166 in 2012 boy baby names in the Unites States. This little one will probably be King George VII some day. Maybe, if we’re lucky, he’ll be gay King George VII. Here's a list of some actual famous gay Georges (in no particular order).
Boy George, Singer-Songwriter & DJ
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It’s also been highly public, documented by Britain’s voracious tabloids, as the Culture Club idol -- who blazed a trail for queer youth 30 years ago with a handful of era-defining songs -- struggled with cocaine and heroin addiction, and later with a series of humiliating arrests. Through it all he has continued to make music, sometimes as a solo musician, sometimes with his old band, and most frequently as an international DJ.
When stylist George Kotsiopoulos isn't dressing some of the biggest celebrities in the game, he's dishing about Hollywood's best and worst dressed with Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, and Guiliana Rancic on E!'s Fashion Police.
George Michael, Singer
The pop star has had his ups and downs but he continues to make music (and headlines).
George Wayne, Writer
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The Jamaican-born Vanity Fair contributor is best known for referring to himself in the third person (“G.W.”), mixing backhanded compliments with offensive questions (to The Voice host Carson Daly he inquired whether rumored onetime girlfriend and Voice coach Christina Aguilera “squirts when she has an orgasm”), and always, always getting the last word in an interview.
After some time away from the stage, legendary director George C. Wolfe returned in 2011 with impressive productions of John Guare's A Free Man of Color and The Normal Heart, for which his codirection (with Joel Grey) was recognized with a Tony for Best Revival of a Play.
Half of the art duo Gilbert & George (pictured at left), their signature style coalesced in large, brightly colored photo montages, often backlit to resemble stained glass and incorporating button-pushing symbols (swastikas, crucifixes, roses, flags) and provocative text ('cock,' 'scum,' 'fucked up'). As self-described 'living sculptures,' they insist they live their whole lives as art; they're prone to rude jokes, are rarely seen dressed in anything but matching suits or apart from one another, and keep slavishly to a peculiar daily schedule.
George Nader, Actor
Often struggling in the shadow of more famous leading men, such as his close personal friend of Rock Hudson, Nader may be best-remembered for his role as "Roy", the hero who saves the world from the clutches of "Ro-man" in the low-budget 3-D sci-fi film Robot Monster (1953). Nader's life partner was Mark Miller, later worked as Rock Hudson's personal secretary for 13 years. Nader inherited part of Hudson's estate after the actor's death.
George Edward Kelly, Playwright
He (the uncle of Grace Kelly) kept his 55-year relationship with his lover a closely guarded secret William Weagley. The playwright became best known for his satiric comedies, including The Torch-Bearers (1922) and The Show-Off (1924).
George Peppard, Actor
Yes, he was married five times, but Peppard also had a secret gay sex life. It was in 1961 that Peppard got his most famous film role—opposite Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, but then a whole new generation knew the sexy Adonis as he aged into a silver fox (and a star in A-Team). Read more about the vintage hunk.
George Grizzard, Actor
A frequent interpreter of Edward Albee's work, he appeared in the original production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (as George, naturally). An early success was 1962's Advise and Consent (with a very young Betty White). The prolific actor, Grizzard played Judge Dan Haywood in a stage production of Judgment at Nuremberg opposite Maximilian Schell under the production of actor Tony Randall in 2001. Grizzard also appeared as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Kennedy Center in 2004, and his last film appearance was in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers.
His partner of nearly 40 years was William Tynan, also a stage and TV actor.
George Cukor, Filmmaker
Although he was famously replaced as the director of Gone with the Wind (1939) (and it's been rumored Clark Gable refused to work with the homosexual director), Cukor went on to direct The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), Adam's Rib (1949), Born Yesterday (1950), A Star Is Born (1954) and My Fair Lady (1964).
George Takei, Actor & Activist
Most famous for his role as Sulu on the original Star Trek series, he also played the role in feature films and in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. In recent years he's become a vocal gay rights activist, as well as working on Japanese–American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum.