Openly Gay Celebrities

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Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook declared he's proud to be gay in October 2014. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, made Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.
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Ian Thorpe
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe confirmed that he is gay during a television interview in July 2014, ending years of speculation about his sexuality.
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Ellen Page
Ellen Page, who was nominated for an Academy Award for playing the pregnant teenager in the 2007 film "Juno," came out on Valentine's Day 2014. Page says she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out. She told an audience, "I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."
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Michael Sam
Michael Sam, football player for the Missouri Tigers and hot NFL prospect, came out as gay in an interview with Chris Connelly on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." If he's drafted, he would be the first openly gay active player in NFL history.
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Brian Boitano
Two days after being named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi, Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano announced he is gay. The 1988 gold medalist said "being gay is just one part of who I am. ... I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations."
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Robin Roberts
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts came out Dec. 29 in a touching post on Facebook thanking her "long time girlfriend."
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Tom Daley
In a YouTube video, Olympic-medalist diver Tom Daley said that he is dating a man, though he added "Of course, I still fancy girls."
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Maria Bello
"Prisoners" actress Maria Bello came out as bisexual in a New York Times piece, and said she is currently in a relationship with a woman.
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Nate Silver
Out Magazine named sabermetrics statistician Nate Silver its "person of the year." He described his identity as "sexually gay but ethnically straight."
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Lucas Cruikshank
Lucas Cruikshank, star of the Nickelodeon show "Fred," said he is gay during a Q&A video he posted on YouTube on August 20, 2013 with Jennifer Veal of the Disney Channel's "Jessie."
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Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw, who recently appeared as Q in "Skyfall," told The Daily Mail that he is gay and has been married to his partner, Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, for a year now.
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Wentworth Miller
"Prison Break" star and "Stoker" screenwriter Wentworth Miller turned down an invitation to appear at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival on August 21, 2013: "As a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government."
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Jodie Foster
Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes on Jan. 13, 2013, Jodie Foster said: "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.."
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Robbie Rogers
American soccer player Robbie Rogers posted a blog on Feb. 15, 2013 announcing that he is gay and leaving the sport: "Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined."
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Frank Ocean
R&B singer Frank Ocean posted a message on his Tumblr page in which he said the first person he fell in love with was a man. It read: “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide … It was my first love, it changed my life.”
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Matt Dallas
"Kyle XY" actor Matt Dallas came out on Twitter when he tweeted a picture of his new fiance, musician Blue Hamilton.
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Jim Nabors
Jim Nabors, best known for playing the TV character Gomer Pyle in the 1960s, married his male partner of 38 years on Jan. 15, 2013. Nabors says he's been open about his homosexuality to co-workers and friends but never acknowledged it to the media before.
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Raven-Symone, who was a pint-sized child star on "The Cosby Show," reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage with the tweet: ""I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you."
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Greg Rikaart
"The Young & the Restless" star Greg Rikaart responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage with the tweet: "Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless."
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Jason Collins
In April 2013, Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to come out as gay. President Obama praised the revelation: "I told him I couldn't be prouder. "
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Anderson Cooper
In a letter to Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan (which Sullivan said he was given permission to publish on July 1, 2012), journalist and talk show host Anderson Cooper said: "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."
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Gareth Thomas
Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas (better known to some as "Alfie") came out as gay in 2009. According to Sports Illustrated, he was at the time of his announcement the world's only then-current professional male athlete in a team sport who was openly gay.
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Jim Parsons
Emmy-winning "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons was outed in the New York Times in May 2012. The newspaper wrote: "Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship."
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Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson, star of the cult TV show "The X-Files," told Out Magazine she has been in relationships with both men and women.
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Matt Bomer
Actor Matt Bomer ("White Collar") thanked his partner Simon Halls and their children after being given the New Generation Arts and Activism Award at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards.
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Zachary Quinto
Actor Zachary Quinto came out as a gay man in an interview in October, while discussing his eight-month run in the recent New York stage revival of Angels in America.
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Mo Rocca
Former "Daily Show" correspondent and current "CBS Sunday Morning" contributor Mo Rocca came out as gay in a podcast called "The Six Pack," and added he would like to find "a really cute dentist from Minneapolis."
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Don Lemon
CNN anchor Don Lemon came out in an interview with the New York Times. He said, "I, like most gay people, lived a life of fear. Fear that if some employers, co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members learned of my sexuality, I would be shunned, mocked and ostracized. It is a burden that millions of people carry with them every single day."
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Will Sheridan
Will Sheridan, a former basketball player for the Villanova Wildcats and current pop musician, came out of the closet, saying, "I'm trying to have a voice and I want that voice to reach as many people as it can," he said. "I mean, look at me. I'm black. I'm gay. I'm like a quadruple minority and I feel like a little piece of me resides in everybody."
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Jonathan Knight
On Jan. 29, 2011, singer Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block blogged: "I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago. I never knew that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB!"
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Johnny Weir
For year, figure skater Johnny Weir evaded questions about his sexuality. With the release of his book "Welcome to My World," he finally put the questions to rest. "With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story," Weir told People Magazine.
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Singer Ricky Martin arrives at The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the 69th Regiment Armory November 9, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Ricky Martin
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin announced "I am a fortunate homosexual man" on his Web site on Monday, March 29. Speculation about his sexuality followed him for years up to this point. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Actor Sean Hayes on stage at Project Angel Food's 11th Annual Angel Awards Gala held at Project Angel Food Headquarters on August 21, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sean Hayes
In a 2010 issue of "The Advocate," former "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes came out of the closet as a gay man. Hayes won an Emmy for his portrayal of the flamboyant Jack. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Portia de Rossi and TV personality Ellen DeGeneres attend the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
TV Host Ellen DeGeneres came out in 1997. She and girlfriend Portia de Rossi were married in 2008. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Neil Patrick Harris (L) and David Burtka attend the AMC After Party for the 62nd Annual EMMY Awards at Soho House on August 29, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Actor Neil Patrick Harris, known for his TV roles on "Doogie Howser, M.D." in the early 1990s and "How I Met Your Mother" now, came out in November 2006. He's pictured here with boyfriend David Burtka. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman is interviewed by NBC Chief White House Correspondent David Gregory during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios August 13, 2006 in Washington, DC. Mehlman discussed the upcoming fall elections and the defeat of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) in the Connecticut Democratic primary last week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
Ken Mehlman
Ken Mehlman, former RNC chair and campaign manager for George W. Bush, came out as a gay man in an interview with The Atlantic. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
Actress Jane Lynch attends the 69th Annual Peabody Awards at The Waldorf-Astoria on May 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Jane Lynch
Actress Jane Lynch, who plays the crusty cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee," is openly gay, and had some choice words to share in response to a "Newsweek" article claiming gay actors weren't convincing in straight roles. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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Victor Garber
Actor Victor Garber confirmed to columnist Greg Hernandez that he is gay. He has been with his companion Rainer Andreesen for 13 years.
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Clay Aiken attends the World Children's Day At McDonalds on November 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi /Getty Images)
Clay Aiken
Singer Clay Aiken from the second season of "American Idol" announced that he is gay in a September 2008 issue of People magazine. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi /Getty Images)
Recording artist Chely Wright attends the Sixth annual Gay and Lesbian and Straight Education Network Respect Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 8, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Chely Wright
Chely Wright came out as a lesbian in a May 2010 issue of People Magazine. Reports have pegged Wright's announcement as a milestone -- one of the first country music stars to come out as gay. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
American Idol top 5 finalist Adam Lambert, singer attends the Champagne Launch Of BritWeek 2009 on April 23, 2009 at the British Consul General's Offcial Residence, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Adam Lambert
In June 2009, "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert acknowledged in a Rolling Stone interview that he is gay and said it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor T.R. Knight attends the opening night of "A Life in the Theatre" at Brasserie 8 1/2 on October 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
T.R. Knight
Minneapolis native T.R. Knight, known best as Dr. George O'Malley on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy," announced he was gay in October 2006. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Tab Hunter poses with his trophy for Best Actor at the Audience Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles in 1952. (Photo by Getty Images)
Tab Hunter
Tab Hunter was a lady-killing movie heartthrob in the 1950s and 1960s. In 2005, he published his autobiography, "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star," in which he came out. (Photo by Getty Images)
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One Comment

  1. Jackie Santopietro says:

    Why is it you feel it is ok to be disrespectful to Chaz Bono and refer to him or any other Trans person as anything other than the gender they present? this is rude, arrogant and extreemly disrespectful and just fuels the violence and hatred of the GLBTQ community. Chaz Bono’s name/gender change or any Transgender person”s name and gender change should be enough for you to always use the correct information.

  2. JTW77 says:

    I have never even heard of half of these people and the other half is totally obvious! Elton John is gay???? Omigosh! How shocking!!!! This is not news people. What a poorly done article.

    1. Andrew says:

      You were looking for the inside scoop, the secret information – in a large regional publication? What a poorly carried intellect.

  3. Grant says:

    Hey buddy if your not into the “leftist media” that is apparently a WCCO, than why are you on this website? I think you would fit in better a Fox News.

  4. elfsbeard says:

    I applaud the article for pointing out the contributions of gay people to the media. Many more are made though they go unrecognized. The point of the article was to inform as well as entertain. Though some people don’t like the truth from reading some of the homophobic comments left.

  5. Tom Wagner says:

    Why is any persons sexual preference a newsworthy event? This item is totally out of line!!!!

  6. mmm says:

    It’s got to be pretty hard on people who get physically ill just looking at photos of people. I mean, dog drool and baby poop make me kind of gaggy but I didn’t have any problem just looking at people’s faces in the slide show above. When I get to gross parts of movies, I put my hand in front of my eyes. Perhaps that could work for people who just can’t bear to look at a human being they disagree with. If their arms get tired, perhaps modifying horse blinders will work.

  7. kim says:

    Why are so many comments so negative? You CHOSE to click on the article. Don’t look, if you know you’re not going to like what you see.

  8. Joe says:

    If any of you were gay you wouldn’t have such hateful opinions. This coming from a straight guy. Seriously who cares, it’s not a personal choice, it’s the way they were created

  9. Joe says:

    You clicked on this and read the article dip stick, you shoved it down your own throat

  10. Erzsi Miho-Bork says:

    HMMM interesting article but still feelt here are others things that we should condsider to have in the news other then people that are opening gay. To me they are just like other people other then prefer the same sex as their partner. Respect them for who the are not what they are.

  11. Willy says:

    to butphuckmenow
    you should be ashamed of yourself! I have been gay since last week and it is really nice.

  12. Superchik1017 says:

    To all the people who commented anything along the lines of “This is sick” “Why does the liberal media post this?””This is out of line”, “Not newsworthy”…or any other rude comment: Why would you click on the very clearly titled link to slide show?

  13. ang says:

    Just because someone may be born gay that doesn’t mean they have to act on it . Sorry but it’s wrong. You can love the sinner without loving the sin. Just because someone you know or love is gay that doesn’t mean it is morally acceptable I’m sure I will be called judgemental and a homophobe but why does everyone have to “accept” homosexuality? The only acceptable prejudice is against those who believe what the Bible teaches. Jesus does love the sinner but not the sin. I know I am a sinner and no where near perfect but I’m not going around trying to convince people that my sins are good just so I can do them and not feel guilty.

  14. Straightandproud says:

    Who cares? I am openly straight, you dont see me dancing around about it do you? Gay people need to get off the high horse and think they are better than everyone else!

    1. G says:

      Your ignorance and bigotry make such a bigger statement than your words ever could. Just for the record, no one thinks they are better than any one else except obviously you. It is a matter of rights. You know, like the right to bear arms? BTW, that doesn;t literally mean you have to bear your arms.

  15. Jaquelyn Mack says:

    why is there even an article on who is gay. Who cares? Why does it matter? It is none of our business. This seems like a Natzi list of who to persicute. If you are going to create list’s like this, please start a new and equally important one like…”Who colors their hair” or “who likes ice cream”

  16. Teejay Mace says:

    Is this still a thing? I thought that this was like having tattoos or dying your hair a funky color.Did i miss something ? I was almost sure that being gay was just another thing.Guess we will just have to wait a little longer till being gay or straight ranks with boxers or briefs. But i will say this , all the people in the pictures look great.

  17. Anob Server says:

    The faces of these people are strange…
    How come most of them look demented?
    These are the faces of sickos, degenerates, and perverts.
    Almost every single one of these pictures eminates and aura of sickness…
    It is a similar feeling as looking in old psychology books from the 1940’s and 1950’s, when they would have pictures of people that have absolutly lost their mind and were sick to the head.
    The very same faces are here… But, instead of being institutionalized, they are now making TV shows.

    That is why I clicked on it.
    To see the faces i see every day.

  18. Chris Gartrip says:

    So Andrew Sullivan isn’t a celebrity?

    Michael Stipe? Rob Halford? Tim Gunn? Kristy McNichol? Rosie O’Donnell? Martina Navratilova? etc… etc… etc…

    Seriously, the list is endless. It’s also irrelevant into today’s world. What’s the point?

  19. Ed Fred says:

    That K. D. Lang guy was at the Olympics last year, wasn’t he?

  20. Bob Tarasiak says:

    You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
    Lev 18:22 (NKJV)
    Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
    Romans 1:27 (NKJV)
    who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
    Romans 1:32 (NKJV)

    1. james says:

      The bible says a lot of things….

    2. Andrew says:

      Yeah, and keep those fruit trees segregated too. It’s not so much reading the Bible as using it to justify bad behavior that Jesus finds disappointing. No points.

    3. Richmond says:

      Judge not,that you be not judge,for with what judge ment you judge ,you shall be judged and with what measure you shall be measured to you again,and why beholdest thou the mote that is in the brother`s eye,but considerest not the beam that is in thine eye? (Mtt 7 1-3)
      beware of false prophets ,which come to you in sheep`s clotheing ,but inwardlythey are revening wolves ( Mtt 7 15)
      for I would that all men were even as I myself .But every mab hath his proper gift of god .one after this manner ,and another after that ( 1 Corint 7 7)

  21. Bob says:

    Keep reading Bobby, why stop there? Leviticus 19:19: “Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee”.

    “neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee”-

    How’s that outfit working for you Bobby?

    1. LOL says:

      “neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee”-

      I’m willing to bet Bobby’s outfit is not a blend of linen and wool. He strikes more as a polyester kinda guy, rhinestones n’ all.

  22. james says:

    there was a lot of people i didn’t know where gay on here!

    Good for them. Hopefully they can give thousands of other gay people the courage to come out to their friends and family.

    I came out in 2006. :]

  23. MichaelEdits says:

    I’m really not gay, but I’ll out anyway myself if you buy more of my books.

  24. mmarcco says:

    well, boy george…

  25. keith says:

    You folks that like to quote bible passages should read a little more, such as the history of how they chose what to include or exclude from that publication. The bible was written by men not by God. For those same folks what about the phrase “let ye not judge lest ye be judged” What ever happened to “live and let live” These are the same people that teach their kids to hate and to judge.

  26. Jennifer says:

    Chely I think it’s awesome girl I love you and I love your music be yourself that’s all you can be you go sweetie Lots of love to you honey Peace Love and God Bless you

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