You Probably Did Not Know That These Celebrities Were Gay
It is quite easy to come out of the closet today because society has become quite accepting of lifestyle choices. However, it was hard for people to accept gay, lesbian, queer, or any other lifestyle choice a couple of decades ago. However, when society became quite more acceptable, many people started to announce the fact that they did not adhere to the more conventional straight norms. Celebrities have been a big part of the acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. Having some celebrities on your side means that you have the moral support of millions of their fans too.
Sarah Paulson was outed as gay by accident when she kissed her girlfriend at the time, Cherry Jones, after winning a Tony award in 2005. Afterwards, Sarah said that she did not mean to let the world know about her being gay but that it was out of natural instinct that she acted.
Natalie Morales came out in June 2019 pride month when she announced to the world via Twitter. She said that her life has become quite simpler after she decided to let the world know and that she has found a newfound freedom and appreciation of life.
During a Hollywood Life podcast, Aaron Carter announced that he is bisexual but he also said that his remarks were rather misconstrued. He said that he did not see himself with a man anytime soon in the future. He also said that he would like to have a wife and children some day.
Wentworth Miller has a smile that will send the hearts of the women around the world in flutters. However, to the disappointment of the ladies, Wentworth announced himself as a proud, gay man when he came out in an open letter written to GLAAD in September 2013. He denied his sexuality initially but then decided to take a stance by refusing to attend the St. Petersburg film festival because of the way the country of Russia treated the LGBT people.
Dylan from Modern Family conveyed to his fans about his sexuality through Twitter. He said that he was never in the closet and that he just did not make it public. It was a short and sweet way to clear up to the world what was in store for Reid Ewing.
Shannon had a rough and difficult journey understanding her sexuality. She came out to her family and friends quite recently as a bisexual. Riverdale fans were quite upset about the same-sex scene in the show but the star responded to all the outraged fans by confirming that she was a bisexual.
If you ever thought that there was a way to come out braver than Haaz Sleiman, you might just be wrong. The Lebanese Muslim actor announced that he would destroy anyone who tries to attack him for being a gay man. This was a result of all the violent acts that were being committed against gay men in Lebanon.
Like many other celebrities, Jim Parsons was a bit nervous about coming out to the public. However, things changed when he met his husband. He knew that he wanted to live a life without any more secrets and he announced it in an offhand-piece in the New York Times.
Twitter seems to be ideal choice for celebrities to come out of the closet. Daniel Newman also used the social platform to tell the world that their favorite star from The Walking Dead is from the LGBT community. He had to hide it from the world because he grew up in a conservative Georgia household where it was not an option to announce your sexuality.
Ellen does not need any introduction. She has been a proud lesbian since 1997 when she came out during an episode of her show. Her revelation to the world started to invoke a huge media interest as a result of which Ellen became depressed. She fought these obstacles after the media frenzy until she became one of the most successful television personalities in the world.
In a surprising statement during an acceptance speech at the 2013 Golden Globes awards ceremony, Jodie Foster confirmed that she was out of the closet. She said that she was out of the closet “a thousand years ago during the stone age” but she did not know that she needed to hold a press conference to tell the world.
Ricky Martin wrote an open letter to the Rolling Stone magazine and also published it on his website. He and his husband have twin boys and Martin said that he owed it to his family to live an open and honest life.
Jason Collins became the first American male professional athlete to come out as gay in a first-person letter published in Sports Illustrated. His fans and corporate sponsors supported him and praised him for his bravery.
Thomas Dekker was unofficially outed during an awards acceptance ceremony by another actor. This then lead Thomas Dekker to officially come out as gay and married. After this announcement, all the speculation of Dekker’s sexuality was ended once and for all.
Ellen Page has admitted that keeping her sexuality a secret has caused her a great deal of pain and that she has felt a great relief in the freedom of coming out to the world. She is happily married to her wife and her journey has just begun.
Colton Haynes says that he has always known that he was gay ever since the first grade. However, he chose not to come out until the age of 27 fearing that it might affect his acting career negatively. However, in a response to a tweet from a fan, he confirmed that he is indeed gay and went on to reveal more details about his personal life. He also said that his father committed suicide just because Colton turned out to be gay.
Often labeled as America’s most famous openly gay journalist, Anderson Cooper never had an easy life because of his openly gay status. He had remained silent on the matter until he allowed blogger Andrew Sullivan to post excerpts from a private email in which he revealed his sexuality.
You might think of Kristen Stewart as a shy girl who has a thing for hot guys, like her role as Bella in the Twilight movies. However, in real life, she is totally the opposite. American President Donald Trump tweeted about her relationship with Robert Pattinson to which she replied “I’m so gay dude…”, outing herself in the process.
Bella Thorne came out publicly when she replied to a tweet from a fan asking her if she was bisexual. This was just days after Thorne split up with her boyfriend and was seen kissing a girl. While she was initially met with acceptance, her acting career took a hit and she began to lose her roles.
The former American Idol runner-up appeared on the front page of People magazine while holding his infant son. The title of the page was “Yes, I’m Gay” telling the world of his sexual preference. He said that due to his son, he could not keep the secret any longer and he owed it to his son to be honest.
Matt came out as gay during an acceptance speech at the Chase Humanitarian Awards Ceremony. He thanked his family for the support and called them his proudest accomplishment. He is married and has four children with his husband.
The younger brother of Chance the Rapper is a rapper himself and he welcomed his firstborn by sharing a picture of the pink foot on Twitter. His fans were surprised because Taylor had just come out as a bisexual before posting the picture.
Ryan Beatty is a famous pop star and a teen heartthrob. He came out in a big way, announcing via social media that he is proud to let the world know that he is a “raging homosexual”. He thanked his family and friends for all their support and said that he was suffocating in the closet and felt that it was high time to breathe free.
One of the stars of 13 Reasons Why, Brandon said that he never got the chance to come out himself but the media did it for him. He is in a relationship with world renowned singer, Sam Smith, and their relationship was a huge subject for the paparazzi.
He is one of the main stars of Kyle XY and he announced two big things the same day. He let the world know that he was gay and that he was also engaged. His sexuality has been a matter of huge speculation for years now but it is all out in the open now.
This hip-hop singer attracted a lot of attention with his open letter that he published on his own website. The letter was about him coming out as gay. He spoke about a love interest that he had when he was 19 years old in the letter. He is also believed to be the first out and proud hip-hop singer.
While most of the other celebrities chose Twitter to come out, this country singer decided to do it via a YouTube video. He addressed all the rumors regarding his sexuality and said that he was inspired to come out publicly because of another star, Ty Henderson.
In an article in the New York Times, Maria Bello revealed to the world that she was a part of the LGBT community and described her most difficult moment of coming out when she revealed it to her 12-year old son. She also said that her son accepted his mother’s sexuality with love.
In a rather candid interview with The Advocate, Diora Baird revealed that she was in a relationship with another woman. She said that she was tired of staying within the social norms of staying in the closet and felt something missing from her life.
The former NFL star came out as gay after his retirement. He said that his life as a retired player has become truly easy after he has publicly accepted his sexuality. He has also started a charity that helps the young people manage with the stress and anxiety of coming out of the closet.
Sir Ian McKellen
The famous Magneto from the X-men series also comes under the list of the actors most people didn’t know were gay. Sir Ian came out nearly 30 years ago in a very controversial radio interview. During the interview, he publicly advocated for the rights of the members of the LGBTQ+ community and know that “I don’t know a single person who regretted coming out as gay.”
She has never used the words ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ to describe herself but she posted a picture with her fiance, Chef Sonda, on both Instagram and Facebook. This picture has led us to believe that she is also a member of the LGBT community.
David Hyde Pierce
Better known as Miles Crane from Frasier, David revealed his sexuality via his publisher. There was so much speculation about his sexuality before he revealed that he was married in a same-sex marriage. He also said that he married his husband when the state of California legalized gay marriage.
One of the stars of New Kids On The Block, Jonathan was outed during a live broadcast of Watch What Happens Next. His co-star Tiffany outed him by accident and after that, Jonathan revealed that he was indeed gay and proud.
Famous for her portrayal of Matilda, Mara Wilson came out on the same day as the tragic mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. Her revelation on Twitter was misconstrued as a promotion tactic. She has denied it numerous times but people seem to believe that she abused the tragedy in order to score some brownie points for herself.
Once famous for the role of George O’Malley in Grey’s Anatomy, Knight was outed after an “incident” with a costar on the sets of the show. This incident led him to quit the show early but it also gave him a chance to meet his future husband.
When Sam Smith won the Grammy Award for the song “Stay With Me”, he thanked the man who the song was about in his acceptance speech. This was a brilliant way to announce to the world of his sexuality and he also said that he has been openly gay since his High School days.
The famous TV personality and country singer was once married to a woman and had children too. He had not told his wife about his sexuality when they got married but when he did, she supported him completely and asked him how she could help him.
After dating a man for nearly 15 years, the star from Sex & The City came out publicly in 2012. She said that she feels the same person that she is whether she is with a male or a female partner.
Barry Manilow came out of the closet at the age of 73. He was asked by the Time magazine why he had waited so long, to which he replied that if he had done so in the 60s or the 70s, it would have meant the end of his career. This is why, he waited until 2017 when he had reached the old age to let the world know of his sexuality.