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9 Famous People Who Suffered Just Because They Were Gay

"I am not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes."

                                                                                         -Kurt Cobain                                      

Love has no boundaries, race, religion and culture. And it is a fact that no one can survive without love. But when it comes to homosexuals, why are they being judged and punished? It's high time when people must realize that being a homosexual is not a crime and it is completely their personal choice.

Not only the commoners but, also many famous people were ill-treated just because they were gay. Have a look at some of the famous personalities who suffered because of their sexuality. 

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9 Famous People Who Suffered Just Because They Were Gay

9 Famous People Who Suffered Just Because They Were Gay

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1. Oscar Wilde was put behind the bars on the grounds of anal intercourse and sleazy profanity. 

1. Oscar Wilde was put behind the bars on the grounds of anal intercourse and sleazy profanity. 

According to history.com, Oscar Wilde is one of the most famous and loved English dramatists. He was in a controversy because of his sexual status. He left England and settled in France because he thought it to be a safer place to live in.

2. Alan Turing committed suicide in 1954 because he was persecuted by British Government for being gay. 

2. Alan Turing committed suicide in 1954 because he was persecuted by British Government for being gay. 

As stated in theguardian.com, England was one of the most orthodox countries of Europe. The country did not even spare the great scientist, Alan Turing and ill-treated him for sodomy.

Later on, after his death, the government realized its mistake and issued an apology to the eminent man. 

3. Leonardo da Vinci was incarcerated for his homosexual relationships.  

3. Leonardo da Vinci was incarcerated for his homosexual relationships.  

He is one of the most creative brains that ever walked on the Earth. This famous painter had to face many troubles in his personal life because of his love for young men and boys.

4. Harvey Milk throughout his career was jeopardised and was later on murdered by a friend who was against his gay-rights ordinance. 

4. Harvey Milk throughout his career was jeopardised and was later on murdered by a friend who was against his gay-rights ordinance. 

As per findingdulcinea.com, Harvey was the first gay person to be elected to a public office and today he is the face of LBGT demonstrations and protest.

5. Bill Tilden was convicted twice as he was involved with young boys. 

5. Bill Tilden was convicted twice as he was involved with young boys. 

According to phily.com,Tilden had to face a lot of troubles in his life because of his sexual orientation. Tilden is one of the most versatile American tennis players of all time. But sadly, his personal life was not easy as his professional life. 

6. The legendary composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky self-annihilated to save his honor.  

6. The legendary composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky self-annihilated to save his honor.  

As stated in The NewYork Times, many scholars believed that he did not die because of illness, he died because The Tsar came to know about his sexuality and he gave him two options, either to face public humiliation or kill himself. Ilyich chose the later. 

7. Matthew Shepard's terrible death shocked America. 

7. Matthew Shepard's terrible death shocked America. 

Matthew Shepard was just 21-year-old when he became the face of LBGT struggle in America. He became the martyr of the entire community. He was killed by two homophobes. 

8. Magnus Hirschfeld was forced by Hitler to leave the country and never return. 

8. Magnus Hirschfeld was forced by Hitler to leave the country and never return. 

According to International Business Times, when Nazis took control over Germany, they treated homosexuals in the same way as they treated Jews. Magnus Hirschfeld was a social reformer and the first advocate of the gay rights. His books were burnt by Nazis and he lived in exile.  

9. Edward II's sexual status led to his indignity and downfall. He along with his boyfriend, Galveston was murdered.  

9. Edward II's sexual status led to his indignity and downfall. He along with his boyfriend, Galveston was murdered.  

As per History Today, his wife Isabella played a very decisive role in his exile and assassination.

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