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Kids of Famous Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender People

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Natasha Richardson (actress)

Stage and screen performer who is the daughter of award winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, and bisexual film director Tony Richardson and also had a bisexual grandfather (Sir Michael Redgrave). Natasha lost her father, director Tony Richardson, to AIDS in 1991. Since her father's death she's taken a hands-on role in AIDS work, including organizing the American Foundation for AIDS Research's hugely successful auction of Oscar dresses last year. Married to fellow actor Liam Neesom, Natasha is a mother of two sons.

Nicole Bobek (ice skater)

Know for an outgoing personality on the ice and unusual grace and artistry, Nicole Bobek grew up in Chicago, with her lesbian mother, Jana Bobek who skated in minor competitions in her youth in her native Czechoslovakia. Nicole was put into skates at age 31/2 and Jana guided her daughter's progress for a while, then put her into a class. Nicole as the 1995 United States skating champion and a Bronze medal at the World Level.

Nigel Nicolson (author)

Nicolson wrote Portrait of a Marriage. In the book Nicholson writes of the marriage of his famous parents, the author Vita Sackville-West (who was Virginia Woolfs longtime lover) and author, politician and diarist, Harold Nicolson, also bisexual.

Noriko and Iichiro Mishima

Children of Yoko Susiyama (eldest daughter of Japanese painter Yasushi Sugiyama) and gay author Yukio Mishima, the most spectacularly talented young writer to emerge in Japan after World War II. Their father at the peak of a brilliant literary career and at the age of forty-five committed the ritual suicide called Seppuku on November 25, 1970.

Orenthal James (OJ) Simpson

Considered one of the greatest running backs in American football history, OJ in the early 1990's became a household name, a name that sparked conversions across the United States on race, wealth, and fame. Born near San Francisco at Stanford University Hospital on 9 July 1947, the son of Jimmie and Eunice Durden Simpson. Simpson's father, a well-known San Francisco drag queen, died of AIDS in 1986. In June of 1994, Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman were found brutally murdered, Simpson was charged with the two murders and acquitted, but later convicted in civil court of their murders.

Raymond Douglas

Son of Walt Whitman's lover Lord Alfred Douglas (1870-1945). After Whitman's death, Lord Douglas went on to marry Olive Custance and fathered Raymond. Raymond's grandfather, Colonel Custance alleged that Douglas was a cruel and irresponsible father and sued to have young Raymond taken away from his parents. Raymond's mother sided with her father and the marriage ended in a shambles. The custody battle and family rifts took their toll on Raymond. He grew up with severe emotional problems. At the age of twenty-five he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and was committed to a private mental hospital. He spent much of his life in and out of such institutions and died in one in 1964.

Rebecca Walker (author)

Rebecca is the daughter of lesbian author, Alice Walker and is the co-founder of the Third Wave, a small feminist organization that began in 1992 and recently wrote To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism. Her mother is known for such novels as The Color Purple.

Rene Russo (actress)

Born in 1954, Rene Russo grew up in Burbank, a Los Angeles suburb. Her father, a sculptor and mechanic, left the family when Rene was just two, leaving her mother, Shirley, as a single lesbian mom with two daughters. (Rene has one sister, named Toni). As a 17 year old, Rene was discovered by Ford Modeling Agency and within a year had become a successful model. Her television series debut came in 1987 with a supporting part on the short-lived TV series Sable.� Some of her most notable film appearance include Major League, Ransom, and Lethal Weapon 3. Rene Russo has been married to screenwriter Dan Gilroy since 1992, and they have one daughter, named Rose.

Vanessa Redgrave (actress)

Vanessa, known for her roles in The Trojan Women, Mary Queen of Scots, Howards End and Wilde and Deep Impact, is the daughter of distinguished bisexual actor Sir Michael Redgrave. Vanessa Redgrave is widely regarded as one of Great Britain's finest modem dramatic actresses. Born January 30, 1937 in London, Redgrave studied drama at London's Central School of Music and Dance. She made her theatrical debut in 1957 and her film debut the following year in the Behind the Mask, which also starred her father. She had two children, Joely and Natasha Richardson, by bisexual director Tony Richardson, and in 1969 had a child by her Camelot co-star Franco Nero. Redgrave won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in Julia (1977).

William Burroughs III

Son of Joan Vollmer and gay father William Seward Burroughs, a famous Beat and contemporary writer. William Jr.'s great-grandfather was the inventor of the adding machine. In 1951, Burroughs lost his mother in an odd and tragic way. During a drunken performance of William Tell, Burroughs Sr. missed and killed Joan with a bullet through the brain. (Go back to Part 1 of the list)
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