Mahmud of Ghazni, who created a vast empire in the 10th and 11th centuries in present-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and parts of India, made his beloved former slave Malik Ayaz the King of Lahore.
One-time world champion runner Otto Peltzer was captain for the German Olympic Team in 1928 and 1932. But when the Nazis came into power, he was interned in Mauthauzen concentration camp for his iconoclasm and his homosexuality.
The cult of Kuttantavar, popular in Tamil Nadu, attracts tens of thousands of transsexuals to its age-old festival in the village of Koovagam. It also attracts the village men, who dress up like brides.