Lord Byron, the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" poet, who had to squeeze in writing his poetry around the regular postal deliveries of pubic hair from adoring poetry fans, is now considered very blatantly bisexual.
After a former lover started spreading (very accurate) rumours that he had sex with other men, he left England under a cloud. His friends maintained that his sudden departure had been completely voluntary, but the people hissing at him in the theatre probably didn't help.
His numerous affairs with both men and women were well documented, and widely known about within his social circle, as were his demands that the deformed foot he was born with be constantly covered up so no-one could see it, even in bed which must have been curious for those accompanying him to his chambers.
After he died, many of his close friends got together, and burned all of his papers in an attempt to protect his reputation. But some years later a poem was published called Don Leon. It was attributed to Byron, although it probably wasn't him at all, and was supposedly rescued from The Big Paper Burning.
It was a manifesto of sorts, calling for an end to the death penalty for homosexual sex. While it didn't prompt any immediate changes of the law or public opinion, it certainly caused a stir amongst the great and good of England at the time.
The personal lives of many notable figures within their lifetimes could cause similar stirs. Frida Kahlo was used to it, but still struggled with it.
These days, she's best known for her art, her eyebrows and her widely documented affairs with both men and women. During her lifetime though, she was a part of an incredibly influential group of friends known as 'The Children of the Revolution' at a time of huge political upheaval in Mexico, as well as being one half of the on-again off-again power couple known as 'Diego and Frida'.
Much of her art focussed around her experiences of both physical and psychological pain. While she has the status of a cult icon, a phenomenon deemed 'Fridamania' (which is why at this moment you can buy salt shakers, makeup brushes and door stops with her face on), in her home country she is primarily celebrated for her use of Mexican and indigenous culture in her art.
Her queer icon status though transcends just her known sexuality. In many family photographs and in her own art, Frida shows her experimentation with gender non-conformity.
While Frida's influence has only really been solidified much more recently, Barbara Jordan's has always been clear, at least to those around her.
Her list of achievements and firsts after her shift from law into politics is longer than this entire article. She was the first woman elected to represent Texas in the House of Representatives, the first LGBTQ+ woman in Congress, the first African American to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery and first African American woman to serve as a governor of a state (it was acting governor and only for a day but it still counts).
Barbara was seen as such a talented politician that at the Democratic National Convention she somehow managed to receive votes to be their presidential candidate, despite not actually putting her hat into the ring for it.
She never publicly acknowledged her Multiple Sclerosis but also didn't hide it, frequently teaching and doing speeches with a cane or later on, in a wheelchair.
This privacy also stretched to other areas of her life and identity, those that she didn't want to be defined by. That included Nancy, her life partner of 30 years, criptically referred to as her 'longtime companion' in her obituary, which really is only one step away from 'gal pals'. Neither ever stated they were in a romantic relationship, but Barbara regularly introduced Nancy to people as her partner so it didn't take a lot of work to figure out.