Hiding one’s sexual orientation was once a way of life for same-sex lovers all over the world. Until now! With some of the most famous figures ever revealing to fans that they are gay, people everywhere have summoned the courage to expose their sexual preference. Check out 15 celebrities that came out of the closet publicly with some of the most astounding stories of bravery!
Ricky Martin was once a sex symbol for women all over the world. That is, until he became a sex symbol for men all over the world! That’s right, Martin openly revealed his sexual orientation as a homosexual man in 2010 when he posted a statement on his website saying, “’I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
The ever-vocal Elton John came out as bisexual during a Rolling Stone interview in 1976.
Ellen DeGeneres has always been a trailblazer for her fans, so when she came out on the cover of Time magazine in 1997 DeGeneres received a outpouring of support. DeGeneres married actress Porti de Rossi in August 2008.
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Neil Patrick Harris broke female hearts everywhere when he came out during a People magazine interview in 2006.
Cynthia Nixon didn’t release an official document confirming her sexuality but she did start living with her fiancé Christine Marinoni.
Lance Bass is another celebrity that used the People magazine platform to come out to fans in 2006.
For years fans speculated Rosie O’Donnell’s sexuality. The comedic star finally laid down rumors when she came out in 2002.
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Sara Gilbert took to a press conference at the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles to talk about being a lesbian, raising two children with her Allison Adler, and publicly embracing her sexuality.
NBA basketball player Jason Collins shook headlines everywhere when he announced to the world that he was indeed, gay. Collins became the center of press coverage for two reasons: he is the first professional NBA player to ever identify himself as homosexual while still in the association, and he was also engaged for many years to a woman (who found out about his sexual orientation a month before they were due to wed.)
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Frank Ocean definitely broke down some social barriers last year when he announced that he enjoys the company of another man. On July 4, 2012 Ocean came out to fans in a message stating that his “first love” was a man. Ocean is one of the first hip hop artists to come out about his sexuality, even expressing it on his Grammy-winning album, Channel Orange.
Anderson Cooper usually prefers to report on the lives of other individuals, but Cooper switched roles in July 2012. Anderson openly admitted to being, “gay, always have been, always will be” adding he “couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” Cooper revealed his sexuality to The Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan via email.
CNN anchor Don Lemon is another journalist that has decided to come clean to fans about this sexual preference. While Lemon doesn’t want people to associate his past life experiences with his choices now, he had admitted being conscience about his decision. Lemon also released his memoir, Transparent, which outlines more about his life and his coming out.
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Lady Gaga has always been a strange character, so it come as no surprise that she does not associate with one sexual orientation label, but considers herself bisexual. Gaga confided to Rolling Stone magazine that her attraction to women is “purely physical.”
Wanda Sykes has never shy about the issues she cares about, so when she showed up to join protestors in a Las Vegas rally against the passage of Proposition 8, not many were surprised. What did surprise fans however, was when Sykes came out during the rally announcing she married her partner in October 2008.