Leonardo da Vinci Named Most Powerful Gay in History

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Leonardo da Vinci

Mate Magazine has picked Mona Lisa artist Leonardo da Vinci as the most influential gay of all time in a list of the 500 most powerful gays in history the magazine compiled.

Others who made the top five include: Socrates, Alexander the Great, Stephen Fry and Oscar Wilde.

According to the Gay Star News, court records of 1476 indicate that when Da Vinci was only 24 year old, he and three other young men were charged with sodomy. The case was later dropped for lack of evidence.

The list was compiled by six international leaders in the gay community, including GSN’s co-founder Tris Reid-Smith.

GSN’s Editor-in-chief Edwin Reinerie said the list is like an “encyclopedia of gay history.”

“If you want a list of the most important gay people, this is it,” Reinerie told GSN. “If you read it cover to cover, you have a good understanding of what a small number of gay people have done for the society or society at large.”

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