Openly Gay Celebrities

Wilson Cruz
Wilson Cruz
Wilson Cruz played an openly gay teenager in the cult ’90s show “My So-Called Life.” (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Esera Tuaolo and Billy Bean
Esera Tuaolo and Billy Bean
Former Minnesota Vikings player Esera Tuaolo and baseball player Billy Bean. Bean’s 1999 book “Going The Other Way” revealed his homosexuality and alleged widespread homophobia in professional sports. Tuaolo announced to the public that he is gay in 2002. (credit:Teresa Lee/Getty Images)
T.R. Knight
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. (credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Thomas Roberts
Thomas Roberts
Thomas Roberts has worked as an anchor for CNN Headline News. He publicly acknowledged that he is gay in September 2006. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Tab Hunter
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. (credit: Getty Images)
Suze Orman
Suze Orman
Financial adviser, writer and TV personality Suze Orman told The New York Times Magazine that she is a lesbian in February 2007. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Sir Ian McKellan (Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Sean Hayes
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. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett
Actor Rupert Everett has found success playing both straight and gay lead characters, but shot to stardom in 1997 playing Julia Roberts’ gay friend in “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” (credit: Getty Images)
RuPaul
RuPaul
San Diego native RuPaul — born RuPaul Andre Charles — became a drag queen superstar in the 1990s thanks to hits like “Supermodel (You Better Work)” and “Back To My Roots.” (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright, the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, says he realized he was gay when he was a young teenager and has always been public about his orientation. (credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Ronnie Kroell
Ronnie Kroell
Ronnie Kroell (R) was famously infatuated with his straight roommate on Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel.” He’s shown here with actor Taylor Proffitt. (credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Ricky Martin
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. (credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch
The gay and frequently naked “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch may have won $1 million on the reality show in 2000, but slights to the taxman put Hatch behind bars for tax evasion in 2006. (credit: Scott Gries/ImageDirect)
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
Actor Richard Chamberlain — star of TV’s “Dr. Kildare,” “The Thorn Birds” and “Shogun,” among other shows — published an autobiography when he was 69 years old acknowledging that he was gay. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Randy Harrison
Randy Harrison
Randy Harrison was one of the openly gay cast members of Showtime’s series “Queer As Folk.” (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow
TV Personality Rachel Maddow has declared herself a lesbian. (credit: Joe Kohen/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
'Queer Eye For The Straight Guy' Cast
'Queer Eye For The Straight Guy' Cast
The five stars of the television show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (front row, L-R) Kyan Douglas, Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Thom Filicia and Jai Rodriguez, pose with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman (back row, 2nd R), showgirls and Caesars Palace characters after holding a news conference at Caesars Palace March 24, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
TV Host Ellen DeGeneres came out in 1997. She and girlfriend Portia de Rossi were married in 2008. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Peter Paige and Robert Gant
Peter Paige and Robert Gant
Actors Peter Paige (left) and Robert Gant are out actors who played gay characters in the cable TV series “Queer As Folk.” (credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
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. (credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
Out actor Nathan Lane is best known for giving voice to the animated meerkat Timon in Disney’s “The Lion King” and as scheming Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks’ musical “The Producers.” (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
Multiple Grammy award winning musician Melissa Etheridge is also famous as a gay rights activist since coming out during Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in January 1993. Etheridge’s partnership with Julie Cypher made them parents to two children: Bailey Jean, born February 1997, and Beckett, born November 1998, via sperm donor David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Luke Macfarlane
Luke Macfarlane
Canadian actor Luke MacFarlane went public with his sexual orientation in a Canadian newspaper in April 2008. (credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Lance Bass
Lance Bass
In July 2006, ‘N Sync member Lance Bass right revealed that he was gay. At the time, he was dating “Amazing Race 4″ winner Reichen Lehmkul. (credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
Ken Mehlman
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. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
K.D. Lang
K.D. Lang
In 1990, singer k.d. lang appeared on the cover of the first issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Two years later, she again made headlines by coming out as a lesbian in the gay news magazine The Advocate. (credit: NBC via Getty Images)
Jane Lynch
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. (credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
Actor/singer Harvey Fierstein is best known for his semi-autobiographical play and film “Torch Song Trilogy” about the trials and triumphs of a gay man living through the 1970s. (credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis
Openly gay former U.S. Olympic diver Greg Louganis won Olymmpic gold medals in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul.(credit: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT)
George Takei
George Takei
Actor George Takei, who played helmsman Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” television series and several “Trek” movies, came out in 2005 at age 68. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
'Frasier' Stars
'Frasier' Stars
Actors Dan Butler (far left) and David Hyde Pierce (far right) are two openly gay members of of long-running sitcom “Frasier.” (credit: Kim Kulish/AFP/Getty Images)
Elton John
Elton John
As early as 1976, Sir Elton John declared himself bisexual. He later rescinded the claim and said he is gay. (credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
Actress Cynthia NIxon of “Sex and the City” fame has been in a relationship with education activist Christine Marinoni since 2004. (credit: Max Nash/AFP/Getty Images)
Clay Aiken
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. (credit: Giulio Marcocchi /Getty Images)
Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
Film and stage actress Cherry Jones became the first open lesbian to win a Tony Award when she received best actress in a play for 1995′s “The Heiress.” (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Chely Wright
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. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Chad Allen
Chad Allen
Actor Chad Allen, who played Matthew Cooper on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” came out in the Oct. 9, 2001, issue of The Advocate. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Brian Batt
Brian Batt
Bryan Batt plays a closeted character in “Mad Men,” but the actor himself has been openly gay for years. (credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Amanda Bearse
Amanda Bearse
Actress Amanda Bearse of “Married with Children” fame has been publicly out since 1993. (credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming
Scottish actor Alan Cumming, shown here with Cyndi Lauper in 2006, has declared himself a bisexual. (credit: Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
Alan Ball
Alan Ball
Openly gay screenwriter Alan Ball won an Academy Award for his “American Beauty” screenplay and went on to create the drama series “Six Feet Under” for HBO. (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Adam Lambert
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. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan
Out actor Leslie Jordan portrayed a snippy and short socialite on TV’s “Will & Grace.” (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
John Waters
John Waters
Film director John Waters was the creative force behind the cult movies “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester” and “Hairspray.” (credit: Brad Barket/ Getty Images)
John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell
Director, writer and performer John Cameron Mitchell created both “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” and “Shortbus,” both uninhibited, pansexual works of art. (credit: Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)
Jake Shears
Jake Shears
Gay singer Jake Shears heads the band Scissor Sisters, which also includes Del Marquis among its gay members. (credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
George Michael
George Michael
Singer George Michael, who came to fame as part of the 1980s musical group Wham, was outed following his arrest in a park restroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1998. Following the media circus which followed, Michael publicly confirmed his orientation. (credit: MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Fred Schneider
Fred Schneider
Fred Schneider, lead singer of the musical group B52s, is gay. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Danny Pintauro
Danny Pintauro
Actor Danny Pintauro came out in in 1997 after the National Enquirer said they would run an article outing him regardless of his consent. (credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Christopher Rice
Christopher Rice
Gay author Christopher Rice is also, incidentally, the son of author Anne Rice. (credit: Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
Bruce Vilanch
Bruce Vilanch
Gay comedian Bruce Vilanch is best known for having written jokes for the Academy Awards and other shows, as well as appearing on the revamped “Hollywood Squares” of 1998. (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Boy George
Boy George
Boy George (whose real name is George O’Dowd) found superstar fame in the 1980s with the band Culture Club. (credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
B.D. Wong
B.D. Wong
Actor B.D. Wong, known for his role as Dr. George Huang on “Law & Order: SVU,” hired a woman to mother a child for him and his partner. In 2000, the woman gave birth to twins from an ovum taken from his partner’s sister. Wong journaled his experiences in the book “Following Foo: the Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man.” (credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Anthony Rapp
Anthony Rapp
Out actor Anthony Rapp starred in the original Broadway cast of “Rent,” and later starred in the film version of the musical. (Credit: Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
Rudy Galindo
Rudy Galindo
U.S. champion figure skater Rudy Galindo has disclosed his homosexuality, and has said in interviews that the admission hurt his standing with judges. (credit: Carlo Allegri/AFP/Getty Images)
Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
Openly gay German film director Roland Emmerich has directed a number of major motion pictures, including “Independence Day.” (credit: Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
Raul Esparza
Raul Esparza
Broadway actor Raul Esparza has been in what has been called an “on and off” marriage, but in 2006 said that he was involved with an unnamed male actor. (credit: Andrew Kent/Getty Images)
Mary Cheney
Mary Cheney
Because her father is former Vice-President Dick Cheney, Mary Cheney’s sexual orientation has drawn attention from both sides of the political spectrum.(credit: Freddie Lee/Fox News via Getty Images)
John Amaechi
John Amaechi
In February 2007, former pro basketball player John Amaechi became the first NBA athlete to come out of the closet. (credit: Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Cheyenne Jackson
Cheyenne Jackson
Out actor Cheyenne Jackson is one of the most sought-after leading men in Broadway. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Chastity Bono
Chastity Bono
Activist Chastity Bono, the daughter of 1960s superstars Cher and Sonny Bono, was outed by Star Magazine in 1990. Recently, she underwent a sex change and is now known as Chaz Bono. (Credit: William Philpott/AFP/Getty Images)
Simon Callow
Simon Callow
British actor Simon Callow is credited as being one of the earlier actors publicly to declare his homosexuality. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
David Geffen
David Geffen
Music, film and theatrical producer and philanthropist David Geffen used to date women before publicly declaring his homosexuality. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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