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Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was born in Stockholm and studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s Acting School. In 1924, she was recruited by director Mauritz Stiller to appear in his film, The Saga of Gösta Berling, based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf. Soon, she rose to stardom in silent films, establishing a reputation as one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses. Her first “talkie,” Anna Christie, was the highest-grossing film of 1930, signalling continued success during the 1930s. She received Oscar nominations for Anna Christie, Camille, and Ninotchka. Greta had affairs with John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Cecil Beaton, and Louise Brooks. This stamp, from a miniature sheet released on 10 October 1981 commemorating Swedish Film History, depicts Greta in The Saga of Gösta Berling.

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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and attended Boston Latin School. He graduated from Harvard University in 1939 and enrolled at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. He composed many works, including the hugely successful and popular Broadway musical, West Side Story. He had a long tenure as conductor of the New York Philharmonic and was the first conductor to give television lectures on classical music beginning in 1954. His affairs with men included radio music director Tom Cothran and insurance employee Kunihiko Hashimoto. The centenary of his birth was commemorated on this stamp first distributed on 2 March 2018.

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Stamp from Ireland Dame Iris Murdoch 11 July 2019 LGBTQ
Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was born in Dublin and was awarded a first-class honours degree from Somerville College, Oxford, in 1942. She studied philosophy postgraduate at Newnham College, Cambridge, before becoming a fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford, teaching philosophy until 1963. Her novel, The Sea, the Sea, won the Booker Prize in 1978. Iris had multiple affairs with both men and women. The centenary of her birth was commemorated on this stamp released on 11 July 2019.

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Stamps from The Gambia Hieronymus Bosch The Garden of Earthly Delights 14 November 2016 LGBTQ
The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych oil painting on oak panel by Hieronymus Bosch. It was painted between 1490 and 1510, and its central panel depicts various pleasure-seeking activities, including symbols and representations of homosexuality. The work is depicted on this miniature sheet, issued on 14 November 2016, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Hieronymous Bosch.

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Stamp from Australia Legends Children's Writers Leigh Hobbs 17 January 2019 LGBTQ
Leigh Hobbs (born 1953) is an Australian artist and author. He was born in Williamstown, Victoria, and graduated from Caufield Institute of Technology (Monash University) in 1973. He designed the color scheme for the antique carousel in Sydney’s Luna Park. He also designed the color scheme for the entrance to the Luna Park in St. Kilda. His humorous children’s books feature the characters of Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, Mr. Badger, and Mr. Chicken. He lives in Melbourne with his partner, writer Dmetri Kakmi. He appeared on this stamp released on 17 January 2019 as part of a set of five celebrating Australian Legends: Children’s Writers.

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Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter. In 1966, she joined Big Brother and the Holding Company, and they had their breakthrough performance at the 1967 Monterey Pops Festival. The band’s second album, Cheap Thrills, launched Janis to stardom in 1968. The next year, she went solo, formed backup group Kozmic Blues Band, and performed in Europe. At Woodstock, she was accompanied by her sometime lover, clothing boutique owner Peggy Caserta. This Music Icons Series stamp was first distributed on 8 August 2014.

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Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017), was a British photographer and filmmaker, probably best known for marrying Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II. He attended Eton and Jesus College, Cambridge, coxing the eights to televised victory in 1950. He was inventive in design, making tiny crystal wireless sets, a gadget for rolling cigarettes, a photographic enlarger from tomato soup cans, and a radiogram. Having suffered polio as a teenager, he would become a tireless advocate for disabled people. Despite marrying twice, Lord Snowdon continually had affairs, with both women and men, including Jeremy Fry. He appeared beside Princess Margaret on this stamp issued on 2 June 1993 as part of four miniature sheets commemorating the 40th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) was born in Brussels, Belgium, and published her first novel, Alexis, in 1929. In 1939, she accompanied her life partner, literary scholar Grace Frick, to the United States. She became an American citizen in 1947. In 1951, she published the classic novel, Memoirs of Hadrian. In 1980, Marguerite became the first woman elected to the Académia française. The centenary of her birth was commemorated on this stamp released on 12 November 2003.

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Stamp from Germany West Berlin Georg Kolbe Statue Vaslav Nijinsky 12 November 1981 LGBTQ
Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950) was considered the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. He was born in Kyiv and identified himself as Polish. He joined the Imperial Ballet School in 1900, graduating in 1907. The following year, he met Sergei Diaghilev and joined the Ballets Russes. They became lovers. Vaslav choreographed L’après-midi d’un faune in 1912 and The Rite of Spring in 1913. After marriage to Romola de Pulszky in South America, he was fired from the Ballets Russes. Sergei was able to negotiate Vaslav’s release from Budapest to work in New York in 1916. His final public performance was in 1917 before succumbing to schizophrenia. His sculpture by Georg Kolbe is depicted on this stamp first distributed on 12 November 1981.

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Brokeback Mountain was a 2005 American film directed by Ang Lee. Its screenplay by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry was adapted from a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx. It depicts the complex emotional and sexual relationship between characters Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal). This stamp was issued on 17 November 2008 as part of a miniature sheet celebrating the Venice Film Festival.

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Stamp from Australia Neighbours 35th Anniversary Mackenzie Hargreaves Georgie Stone 16 March 2020 LGBTQ
Georgie Stone (born 2000) is an Australian actress who joined the long-running soap opera, Neighbours, to portray Mackenzie Hargreaves, the first ever transgender character on the show. Georgie, transgender herself, at the age of ten was the youngest person to receive hormone blockers in Australia. Her hormone replacement therapy began at age 15. In 2020, she was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia. She continues to advocate for transgender children. She appears on this stamp, released on 16 March 2020 as part of a Stamp Pack celebrating 35 Years of Neighbours.

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Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. He attended the University of Granada before moving to the Oxbridge-inspired Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid in 1919. His first book of poems, Libro de poemas, was published in 1921. His play, Mariana Pineda, designed by Salvador Dalí with whom Federico was passionately involved, opened to great acclaim in 1927. His best-known book of poetry, Gypsy Ballads, appeared in 1928. During the Second Republic of the early 1930s, he directed plays in rural areas and wrote his best-known plays, Blood Wedding, Yerma, and The House of Bernarda Alba. In August 1936, he was arrested by Nationalists or fascists and was assassinated the following day because of his socialist views and/or his homosexuality. The centenary of his birth was commemorated by this stamp first distributed on 5 June 1998.

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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was born in New York City into a world of immense wealth and privilege. She married Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1905. She had a decade-long romantic relationship with reporter Lorena Hickok starting in 1928. As First Lady, she set out to redefine the position, continuing an active business and speaking agenda, writing a daily newspaper column, and being the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences. She became the first chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, playing an instrumental role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). She is depicted on this stamp, first distributed on 3 May 2018, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR.

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This is a truly wonderful thread.

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Thank you, staampv.
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Thomas Mann (1875-1955) was a German novelist who won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was born in Lübeck and attended the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich. He first published in 1898 a short story, “Little Mr. Friedermann.” In 1905, he married Katia Pringsheim. His diaries revealed his struggles with his homosexuality. In 1933, he emigrated to Switzerland and obtained Czechoslovak citizenship. After the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, Thomas emigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Los Angeles and becoming an American citizen in 1944. He made anti-Nazi speeches broadcasted to Germany via BBC radio. The first anniversary of his death was commemorated on this stamp released on 11 August 1956.

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Great thread, but I am sure that Eleanor Roosevelt was not a Lesbian, if anything she was extremely loyal to her husband who was a notorious philanderer.

A lot of the lesbian rumours were spread by that evil closeted case African American FBI director J. edgar Hoover who could not stand her. Looking at her, I suspect she was like Hoover - passing for white, when in fact part African American.

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Carl Hester (born 1967) was raised on the Channel Island of Sark. He won the 1985 Young Dressage Rider Championship on Jolly Dolly before riding in the 1990 World Championships on Rubelit von Unkenriff. In 1992 at Barcelona, Carl became the youngest British rider to ever compete in an Olympic Games. As part of the dressage team, he won a gold medal riding Uthopia at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2013, he was appointed as a Member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Carl won a silver medal riding Nip Tuck as part of the dressage team. He currently owns an equestrian yard in Gloucestershire. Carl is openly gay. He appeared on this stamp, first issued on 8 August 2012, celebrating the gold medal won at the London Olympics.

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Le Bain turc (The Turkish Bath) is an oil painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, completed between 1852 and 1859, but modified in 1862. It depicts nude women at a pool in a harem. It also includes the depiction of a physical expression of intimacy between two of the women. The painting appears on this imperforate stamp issued in 1972.

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Matthew Mitcham (born 1988) is a retired Australian diver and trampolinist. He was the first openly gay athlete to receive an Olympic gold medal. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history while winning the 10-meter platform event. He also competed in the 2012 London Olympics. Matthew married actor Luke Rutherford in 2020. This stamp released on 25 August 2008 celebrates Matthew’s Olympic gold medal.

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Louie Bennett (1870-1956) was an Irish suffragette, trade unionist, journalist, and writer. She co-founded the Irish Woman’s Suffrage Federation in 1911 and helped reorganize the Irish Women’s Workers Trade Union in 1916. She served 38 years as the general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Louie lived with her longtime companion Helen Chenevix. She is depicted on this EUROPA stamp first distributed on 2 April 1996.

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Marcos Chin is an openly gay, award-winning illustrator, born in Mozambique before growing up in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and currently teaches at New York’s School of Visual Arts. His work graced the two United Nations (New York) International Dance Day miniature sheets issued on 29 April 2016.

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jps55liquefy wrote:
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Matthew Mitcham (born 1988) is a retired Australian diver and trampolinist. He was the first openly gay athlete to receive an Olympic gold medal. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history while winning the 10-meter platform event. He also competed in the 2012 London Olympics. Matthew married actor Luke Rutherford in 2020. This stamp released on 25 August 2008 celebrates Matthew’s Olympic gold medal.
What about Mark Spitz and Greg Louganis. Even in Australia, Thorpie came out didn't he.

Gotta love sports, you can retire at 32!

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María Elena Walsh (1930-2011) was an Argentine poet, novelist, musician, playwright, and composer, known for her songs and books for children. Her song, El país del nomeacuerdo (“I-Don’t-Remember Land”), was used as the theme song for the 1985 Oscar-winning film, La historia oficial (The Official Story). In 1994, she was Highly Commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most important international award for children’s literature. Her partner for 33 years was photographer Sara Facio. This stamp, released on 26 July 2008, celebrates María Elena’s song, Canción del correo (“Mail Song”).

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Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (1861-1948) was the second monarch of the Third Bulgarian State until his abdication in 1918. He was born in Vienna as a German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Kohary. In desperation to prevent Russian occupation, the Grand National Assembly elected him Prince of Bulgaria in 1887. To the amazement of most of the royal houses in Europe, Ferdinand generally made a success during his first two decades of reign. In 1893, he entered a marriage of convenience with Marie-Louise of Bourbon-Parma. His second marriage in 1908 was similarly devoid of love. Instead, he had trysts and affairs with both women and men. In 1908, he proclaimed de jure independence from the Ottoman Empire (de facto since 1878) and proclaimed himself Tsar. In 1910, he became the first head of state to fly in an airplane. He appeared on these stamps, first available on 1 July 1918.

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This stamp was issued on 10 May 2018 commemorating ten years of the Cuban Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

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Linda Villumsen (born 1985) is a Danish-born road racing cyclist. She became a New Zealand citizen in 2009 and now rides under a Kiwi licence. She won the individual time trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. Linda is openly lesbian. She was represented on this stamp released on 30 March 2010 as part of a miniature sheet celebrating women cyclists.

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John Galliano (born 1960) is a Gibraltar-born fashion designer who was the head designer at Givenchy and Christian Dior before launching his own label. He has been named British Designer of the Year four times. His is currently the creative director at Maison Margiela. John’s long-term partner is style consultant Alexis Roche. His work was commemorated on a set of four stamps and accompanying souvenir sheet that first appeared on 9 September 1997.

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Angela Davis (born 1944), was born in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from Brandeis University, the University of California at San Diego, and Humboldt University of Berlin, and is professor emerita at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She worked with the Black Panther Party during the American Civil Rights Movement, was a member of the Communist Party until 1991, and was twice their candidate for Vice President of the United States. She is an accomplished writer, lecturer/speaker, and political activist. Angela identified as lesbian in a 1998 issue of Out magazine. She was commemorated on this stamp issued on 21 March 2019.

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Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. Today, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku. Born near Ueno, in Iga Province (now western Mie Prefecture), the earliest extant poem by him was published in 1662. He wrote, “there was a time when I was fascinated with the ways of homosexual love.” Biographers note that he was involved in same-sex affairs throughout all his life and that among his lovers were several of his disciples. Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), considered his finest achievement, was finished in 1694 and published in 1702. These stamps, released on 11 November 1988, were part of a series of se-tenant pairs celebrating Bashō’s work.

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Great Britain 1997 Noddy and Big Ears.

Noddy is a fictional character created by English children's author Enid Blyton, originally published between 1949 and 1963. Noddy was illustrated by the Dutch artist Eelco Martinus ten Harmsen van der Beek from 1949 until his death in 1953, after which the work was continued by Peter Wienk.

The first book explains Noddy's origins. He is made by a woodcarver in a toy store but runs away after the man begins to make a wooden lion, which scares Noddy. As he wanders through the woods naked, penniless, and homeless, he meets Big Ears, a friendly gnome. Big Ears decides that Noddy is a toy and takes him to live in Toyland. He generously provides Noddy with a set of clothing and a house. While Noddy is quite happy to be a toy, the citizens of Toyland are not sure that he actually is one. They put Noddy on trial and examine whether he is a toy or an ornament. Eventually, Noddy is declared a toy, but still has to convince the court that he is a good toy. The judge accepts that Noddy is good after a doll tells the court that he saved her little girl from a lion, and he is allowed to stay in Toyland. Noddy gets his car in the second book. It is given to him after he helps solve a local mystery.

The other toys can hear him coming by the distinctive "Parp Parp" sound of his car's horn and the jingle of the bell on his blue hat. Often he uses his car to visit all of the places in Toyland. When his taxi business is not doing so well, or when he needs help, Noddy turns to Big Ears. Big Ears will often lend him what he needs. On occasion, Noddy will allow people to make his head nod, in exchange for small items such as his morning milk.

Noddy is kind and honest, but he often gets in trouble, either through his own misunderstandings, or because someone, usually one of the naughty goblins Sly or Gobbo, has played a trick on him. He is very childlike in his understanding of the world and often becomes confused as a result. For example, in the first Noddy book, Noddy and Big Ears are building Noddy's house for one. Noddy suggests that they build the roof first, in case it rains. With no understanding of gravity or of the need for roof supports, this is perfectly logical to him. As the series continues, Noddy becomes wiser but without losing his charm and lovable naivety.

He is involved in a relationship with Big Ears, and they are frequently shown in bed together. This is one of the youngest gay series of books ever written.

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Noddy and Big Ears were not gay.

Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe appeared in bed together on the BBC in England in the 1970s and nobody suggested that either were gay - maybe a little strange?

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Noddy and Big Ears were not gay.

Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe appeared in bed together on the BBC in England in the 1970s and nobody suggested that either were gay - maybe a little strange?


We can never be sure, until either of them "comes out."


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Noddy's wedding, when New Zealand celebrated legalisation of gay marriages, 2013.
With apologies to Enid Blyton, Noddy and Big Ears ride off in Noddy's car, with cans jangling behind them. PC Plod, Toytown's policeman, salutes them with smile. The cartoonist wishes them 'Kia ora' (= "Good health" in Newzild) and throws confetti.

In Enid Blyton's children's books the characters Noddy and Big Ears had been accused of being gay by some critics, in that they lived together and shared the same bed. With the legalisation of same sex marriage, presumably they could now be married.
The Guardian, UK wrote:Noddy, the politically correct star of Toyland now purged of racism and sexism, celebrates his 50th birthday today with his bell still tinkling.

More than 200 million copies of his books have been sold in 40 languages since English children's writer Enid Blyton snapped up the watercolour drawings by Dutch illustrator Harmsen Van der Beek of the perky elf with the tinkling bell hat.

Four million Noddy books are still sold around the world every year. The animated television series has been shown from Saudi Arabia to South Africa and attracted an audience as big as Sesame Street in U.S. ratings - even if he does say "Gee Whizz" instead of the traditional British "I Say."

He has rung the bell to start trading on Wall Street and counts Hollywood hellraiser Jack Nicholson and "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow among his greatest fans.

But the 24 Noddy books by the world's most consistently popular children's writer have had a bumpy ride over the years.

Gilbert the Golliwog was dropped in the 1990s after the books were accused of racism. He was replaced by Martha Monkey.

Miss Rap the schoolmistress, who spanked naughty children with a slipper, was replaced by Miss Prim.

Mindful of the homosexual complications of changing language, Noddy and his friend Big Ears no longer enjoy "gay times in the woods." They do not sleep together anymore or complain about "coming over all queer" when not well.

But Big Ears survived a barrage from the politically correct lobby who felt the name was insulting to aurally challenged children who risked being bullied in the playground.

The cheeky little elf with the blue shorts, red hat and tinkly hat first appeared in the 1949 instant classic "Noddy in Toyland" which was even translated into Latin.

In France, where Noddy is known as Oui Oui, his little yellow car has been fitted with a left-hand drive wheel. He even had a British stamp designed in his honour in 1997 while Welsh fan Betty Hopton made it into the Guinness Book of Records with her collection of 2,000 Noddy souvenirs.

And the original Toy Boy has supplied his own recipe for longevity - two boiled eggs for breakfast and a cup of hot cocoa before bed.

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The piece from The Guardian is priceless!

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Enid Blyton (1897-1968) was a British author of children’s literature born in East Dulwich, South London. In 1916, her first poems were published in Nash’s Magazine, and she began teaching two years later. Her first book, Child Whispers, was published in 1922. Her books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Best remembered today are her Famous Five (1942+), Secret Seven (1949+), and Noddy (1949+) series. As Enid’s marriage to Major Hugh Alexander Pollock broke down, she had a series of affairs, including a lesbian relationship with a nanny. The centenary of her birth was commemorated on these stamps first appearing on 9 September 1997.

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Poseidon (Roman: Neptune), one of the Twelve Olympians and god of the sea, storms, earthquakes, and horses, loved stunningly beautiful Nerites, brother of the Fifty Nereids. Poseidon’s feelings were answered, and he made Nerites his charioteer. Their love was the origin of mutual love (Anteros).

Tantalus, King of Sipylus and son of Zeus, invited the gods to feast and, in preparation, had his son Pelops cut into pieces and boiled. Other than Demeter, the gods refused to eat. After punishing Tantalus, Zeus restored Pelops (with ivory replacing the piece eaten by Demeter). Upon viewing Pelops’ new beauty, Poseidon fell in love and made Pelops his cupbearer and lover.

Poseidon appeared on this stamp issued on 12 August 2004 as part of a set celebrating the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

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Graham Kennedy (1934-2005) was the “King of Australian Television.” He was a six-time recipient of the Gold Logie, won the Star of the Year Award in 1959, and was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 2006. His homosexuality was an open secret within the Australian entertainment industry. Graham was honored on this stamp, released on 24 October 2006, as part of a set of five stamps commemorating 50 Years of Australian Television.

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Posta Slovenije plans to issue this Greetings stamp on 28 January 2021. According to their website, "The modern world is heterogeneous and full of variety in every area. This is actually also true of various periods in history that saw people express their amorous inclinations and relationships between the sexes in different ways. Different societies responded differently to these relationships between individuals and groups. Today we try to be ever more understanding of different ways of life and relationships that are an inherent part of the society we live in. An attitude of tolerance is developing that focuses on respect and the acceptance of difference. In some parts of the world and some social environments, conditions are still far from being ideal and we are still witnessing cases of rejection, intolerance and other phenomena that attempt to push homosexual love and the whole LGBT movement to the margins of society, or even out of it altogether. For this reason, the stamp design in the characteristic colours of the LGBT flag aims to draw attention to our tolerant encounters with human relationships of different kinds."

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While scanning stamps and gathering information for the "Engraved Stamp Beauties" thread, I found this information about the Czech painter Toyen:
Toyen, born Marie Čermínová (21 September 1902, in Prague – 9 November 1980, in Paris), was a Czech painter, drafter, and illustrator and a member of the surrealist movement. Toyen left the family home at sixteen, and it has been speculated it was due to sympathy towards anarchism.

In 1923, the artist adopted the professional pseudonym Toyen. The name Toyen was derived from the French word 'citoyen,' meaning citizen. Toyen favored the gender-neutral name and would speak Czech in the masculine singular form. Vítězslav Nezval wrote that Toyen "refused... to use the feminine endings" when speaking in the first person.

Toyen was labelled as a woman at birth, but appears to have preferred a less-gendered identification. Some people compare Toyen with "other Surrealist women" (Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, and a handful of others). Toyen often dressed in masculine-style clothing and preferred masculine signifiers, choosing a non-conformist position when it came to gender and sexuality, themes heavily mined in Surrealist art. The artist often addressed gender and sexuality in humorous and fantasy-erotic illustrations. Toyen has been theorized by Malynne Sternstein as "hypersexualized." (Wikipedia)
And here is the stamp I scanned, shows a painting by Toyen, "Abandonned", exhibited in National Gallery, Prague, engraved by Bedřich Housa and issued by Czechoslovakia on November 2, 1992:

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Excellent find, Eli!
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Stamp from Australia Famous Women Henry Handel Richardson 6 August 1975 LGBTQ
Henry Handel Richardson (1870-1946) was an Australian author born in East Melbourne. She attended Presbyterian Ladies’ College before studying music at the Leipzig Conservatorium. She fell in love with an older schoolgirl and fell passionately in love with Eleanora Duse. Her first novel, Maurice Guest, was published in 1908. The Getting of Wisdom followed in 1910. Her famous trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney, was published in 1930. She appeared on this stamp released on 6 August 1975 as part of a set of six stamps commemorating Famous Australian Women.

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Second time in this week, while scanning stamps for the "Engraved Stamp Beauties" I found this information in Wikipedia about the Italian painter Caravaggio:
Since the 1970s art scholars and historians have debated the inferences of homoeroticism in Caravaggio's works as a way to better understand the man.[60] Caravaggio never married and had no known children, and Howard Hibbard observed the absence of erotic female figures in the artist's oeuvre:....

Caravaggio's sexuality also received early speculation due to claims about the artist by Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau. Writing in 1783, Mirabeau contrasted the personal life of Caravaggio directly with the writings of St Paul in the Book of Romans,[68] arguing that "Romans" excessively practice sodomy or homosexuality.
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St John the Baptist (Youth with Ram), by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 - 1610), engraved by Vittorio Nicastro and issued on September 28, 1973:

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Portrait of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), engraved by Mario Colombati and issued on November 25, 1960 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the death of the artist:

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John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) was a British economist born in Cambridge. He attended Eton before King’s College, Cambridge. He published his first professional economics article in 1909 and was made editor of The Economic Journal in 1911. He was appointed Companion of the Order of Bath for his wartime work and was UK financial representative to the Versailles peace conference. He published The Economic Consequences of the Peace, considered his best book, in 1919. His magnum opus, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money was published in 1936. John was open about his love affairs and had relationships with Daniel Macmillan, Duncan Grant, and Arthur Hobhouse before marrying ballerina Lydia Lopokova. He is commemorated on this stamp first appearing on 22 October 2001 as part of a miniature sheet celebrating The Twentieth Century.

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Margaret Mead (1901-1978) was an American cultural anthropologist whose reports on attitudes toward sex in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia influenced the 1960s sexual revolution. She was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Barnard College and Columbia University. Though she married three times, she had an exceptionally close relationship with Ruth Benedict and spent the last 20 years of her life in a relationship with Rhoda Metraux. In her writings, Margaret proposed that it was expected that sexual orientation may evolve throughout life. She appeared on this stamp issued on 28 May 1998 as part of a miniature sheet commemorating Celebrate the Century: 1920s.

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Ramon Novarro (1899-1968) was born in Durango, Mexico, and accompanied his family to Los Angeles in 1913 to escape the Revolution. He began his career in silent films in 1917, and his first major success was 1923’s Scaramouche. His greatest success was starring in 1925’s Ben-Hur. His career continued in the talkies, including starring with Greta Garbo in 1931’s Mata Hari, and in television into the 1960s. He had romantic relationships with composer Harry Partch, journalist Herbert Howe, and Noël Sullivan. Ramon’s portrait by Angel Zarraga is depicted on this stamp released on 31 May 1986 as part of a set of five stamps commemorating the 1986 Mexico World Cup.

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Therese Giehse (1898-1975) was a German actress born in Munich who made her stage debut in 1920. After the Nazis came to power, she toured Europe in Erika Mann’s political cabaret, Die Pfeffermühle. During this time Therese had a relationship with Erika. She married homosexual John Hampson in order to obtain a British passport to avoid capture. She originated the lead female roles in Mother Courage, by Bertolt Brecht, and The Visit, by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Therese is depicted on this definitive stamp first appearing on 10 November 1988 as part of a series celebrating Famous Women.

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