Out and About Celebrities

From Lady Gaga to Jim Parsons, the following celebs are gay or bisexual and not afraid to show it.

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Actor Jussie Smollett seen at LA Premiere Of "Empire" at Arclight Cinema Dome on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP)
EMPTY_CAPTION"Empire" star Jussie Smollett came out as gay during a guest appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview, ending years of speculation about his sexuality. "I'm not straight," Thorpe said. "And this is only something that very recently — we're talking in the past two weeks — I've been comfortable telling the closest people around me exactly that."
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Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese has officially come out as gay. The 35-year-old actor, who played openly gay character Damian in the hit 2004 film, wrote an open letter to his "Mean Girls" alter ego.
Missouri All-American Michael Sam said he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. "I am an openly, proud gay man," he said.
Robin Roberts has come out as gay. In a post on Facebook, the Good Morning America host reflected back on a "critical milestone" in her treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome, saying she was grateful for her "longtime girlfriend" Amber Laign, among others.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Prisoners" actress Maria Bello wrote in a New York Times essay that she has been in a longtime lesbian relationship, and considers herself a "whatever."
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Jason Collins, #98 of the Washington Wizards, announced he was gay in a story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first active player in a major American team sport to come out.
EMPTY_CAPTION"Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper revealed his sexuality on an episode of the show to inspire a contestant who was struggling with coming out to his father.
Mary Cheney (right), the gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney has split with her Senate candidate sister, Liz, over gay rights. The fight between the Cheney sisters began as a debate over same-sex marriage — Mary Cheney argues her sister is on the wrong side of history. Mary Cheney married her longtime girlfriend Heather Poe (left) in Washington, DC.
R&B singer Frank Ocean announced on his Tumblr blog that his first love was, in fact, a man. "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too," Ocean wrote. "I don't have any secret I need kept anymore." "Today is a big day for hip-hop," hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons responded to Ocean's decision to go public.
Anderson Cooper came out in a letter to the Daily Beast, saying, "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy." He added that he had kept his sexual orientation private for professional reasons, but came to think that remaining silent had given some people an impression that he was ashamed.
Jim Parsons, best known for his role of Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory," quietly came out of the closet. In a "New York Times" profile, he is described as "gay and in a 10-year relationship." The revelation came as Parsons began a Broadway role in "The Normal Heart," about gay men dying of AIDS in New York in the '80s.
EMPTY_CAPTION"Sex and the City" alum Cynthia Nixon ignited controversy with comments on her gay identity in a profile in The New York Times Magazine. "I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice," she said. "Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots." She added, "it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here."
The L-Word star Leisha Hailey says she kissed a girl — and Southwest Airlines didn’t like it. Hailey says a flight attendant escorted her and girlfriend Camila Grey off the plane after passengers complained about the couple’s public display of affection. However, Southwest said in a statement that the removal was a result of "inappropriate language."
Ricky Martin finally opened up about his boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez on VH1's Behind the Music. The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer discussed his fame and about how he doesn't have to pretend anymore to like women.
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Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir declared in his memoir, Welcome to My World, that he is gay. "With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story," Weir wrote.
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Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has been out since 1987, when he became the first member of Congress ever to come out of his own volition. "I'm used to being in the minority," Frank said in a 1996 interview. "I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt automatically a member of any majority."
Pop singer Clay Aiken was inspired to come out by the birth of his son. "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that," he said.
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Before he came out as transgender and began his transition, Chaz Bono — son of Sonny Bono and Cher and now a TV star in his own right — identified as a lesbian and wrote self-help books for others grappling with their sexuality. After coming out as trans, Bono said that in retrospect he realized he had been not a lesbian but a straight man.
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It's impossible to forget Al Bundy's neighbor Marcy D'Arcy on "Married with Children," played by Amanda Bearse. She was the first openly gay actress to star on a primetime network series.
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Ellen DeGeneres came out on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1997, around the same time her character on her own sitcom "Ellen" came out to her shrink, played by Winfrey.
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Actor Chad Allen, who starred on "St. Elsewhere" when he was eight, was outed by a boyfriend who sold photos of the couple kissing to a tabloid.
Former N'SYNC boy band member Lance Bass came out on the cover of People, telling the magazine, "The thing is, I’m not ashamed—that’s the one thing I want to say."
In February of 2007, financial guru Suze Orman told New York Magazine she was a lesbian and has been with her partner for seven years.
EMPTY_CAPTION"Just by being out you're doing your part. It's like recycling. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out," said female tennis great Martina Navratilova, who came out in the early '80s.
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James McGreevy publicly declared, "I am a gay American," during the press conference announcing his resignation as governor of New Jersey, after it was learned that he had on his payroll a man with whom he was having an affair.
Actor T.R. Knight, who plays George O'Malley on "Grey's Anatomy," came out after an on-set fight between co-stars Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington. As tempers flared, Washington allegedly referred to Knight using a gay slur.
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“I wanted to be a movie star,” Rupert Everett told The New York Times Magazine. “I had a difficult set of circumstances to deal with, particularly for a movie career… Being gay, really. It just doesn’t work." Despite this hurdle, he's never lacked for work, as either an actor or a model.
Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. told Spin magazine, “It was super complicated for me in the ’80s... I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious.”
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