The Top Ten Greatest Gays of Texas

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4. Tommy Tune A Wichita Falls native, Broadway sensation Tommy Tune went to Lamar High School. He completed his entire education in our fair state, getting his undergrad on at UT Austin and taking graduate courses at UH. He then moved the hell out of Texas and swept New York as a Broadway actor, director and choreographer. Tune won nine Tony Awards, the National Medal of the Arts and a star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame. But he never forgot his roots. In fact, Tune's first directing stint was for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

3. Tom Ford Austin's Tom Ford makes the world look and smell just a little bit better, and for that, we applaud him. He high-tailed it to New York, where he came out. Ford is credited with giving Gucci the best makeover of its life in the mid-'90s, and pulling the same stunt with Yves Saint Laurent. Since 2005, Ford has had his own menswear, accessory and beauty brand. He lives with journalist Richard Buckley, the former editor of Vogue Hommes International.

From Out Magazine, here's Ford's narration of their romance:

You can look at someone and feel like you've known him forever. The first night I ever had drinks with Richard I felt I knew everything about him. He has the wildest eyes -- like an Alaskan husky...

We first encountered each other at a fashion show in New York in 1986. He was 38 at the time and the fashion editor of Women's Wear Daily. He was confident and handsome in a way that made him almost unapproachable. His stare was so intense that it completely unnerved me, and when the show was over I literally bolted out the door and down the street to avoid him.

Ten days later, they fell in love.

2. Robert Rauschenberg Painter, sculptor and composite artist Robert Rauschenberg was an all-around non-traditional. A Port Arthur native, Rauschenberg challenged the notions of what is and is not art, broadening the definition with his silkscreens and found objects. He also challenged the concept of love, which was pretty narrowly defined back in the 1950s. Though he married and had a child, Rauschenberg and his wife divorced three years later. Rauschenberg engaged in several love affairs with peers Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly.

Rauschenberg's work made him world-famous and earned him the National Medal of Arts.

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