---- the opening paragraphs of an extended celebratory historical essay by Philip Christopher Baldwin at HuffPost Lifestyle (UK), 7th February 2017 :-
'Michelangelo first met Tommaso de’ Cavalieri in 1532. Michelangelo had other lovers, although his relationship with Tommaso was the longest and most passionate. For many centuries, historians writing about Michelangelo tried to ignore that he was gay.
For example, in his poems, references to men were changed to women. February is LGBT History Month, which is important as it allows LGBT people to reclaim the past, identifying and evaluating the place of LGBT people in history. Michelangelo’s sexuality is central to any discussion of his work.
---- see more of Philip C Baldwin's stimulating historical essay, with thanks, at www.huffingtonpost.co.uk at :-