Although most gay icons have given their support to LGBT social movements, some have expressed opposition, advocating against a perceived "homosexual agenda".
Historically, icons were typically elevated to such status because their sexual orientation remains a topic of debate among historians.
Test yourself with these top 30 German facts on how well you know the Germans. There are three city states – Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 regions: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.
Germany shares borders with nine other countries: Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The two most visited Christmas markets in Germany are to be found in Dortmund with more than three and a half million visitors of 300 stalls around a gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 metres tall, and in Cologne with 4 million people.Her teacher made the statement: 'A gay man is a happy man.' He couldn't quite understand why my friend and another girl who had both been exchange student in the US were laughing so hard. Here is a mix of informative and interesting facts to learn more about Germany or test your German knowledge.' Editor's note: Just a case of an extra couple of dots!Adding an umlaut to the 'u' in A friend of mine was in an advanced English class in southern Germany.