Actors who came out as gay

This August Wentworth Miller took a big step. He finally decided to publicly come out as gay. It’s always big news when a celebrity opens up about being gay and every year more and more famous people proudly share who they are. Have a look at the stories of these celebs who have come out of the closet.

Rosie O’ Donnell








Rosie who split from her long-time love Kelly Carpenter in 2007 — has found love again with Tracy Kachtick-Anders. She publicly came out in 2002 during an appearance at a New York charity benefit, and has since become a tireless advocate for gay rights.

Kelly McGillis

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Kelly revealed she’s gay on lesbian website in 2009. McGillis, who was married twice to men and has two daughters, said, “It’s a part of being true to yourself. That’s been a challenge for me personally.”

Victor Garber

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Veteran actor has lived quietly with his longtime partner, artist Rainer Andreesen, for years in New York. When asked in January of 2013 by a blogger about his sexuality, Garber seemed surprised by the question and responded: “I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows.” The couple have been together for 14 years.

Sara Gilbert








The former Roseanne star never really kept her sexuality a secret, but she also didn’t really discuss it publicly until 2010. She says she realized she was gay while dating her Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki, and that he has since been very supportive of her.

Jodie Foster








On Jan. 13, 2013, two-time Oscar winning actress Jodie Foster’s first public comments about her sexuality came in her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the Golden Globes: “I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the stone age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met,” Foster said.

Jim Parsons








Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons came out of the closet rather quietly in 2012. Maybe he didn’t want anyone confusing him with his blunt counterpart Sheldon Cooper.

Ellen DeGeneres








Ellen came out in 1997. She wrote it into her sitcom in a highly-rated episode of Ellen; followed up with a Time magazine interview. “I never wanted to be ‘the lesbian actress.’ I never wanted to be the spokesperson for the gay community. Ever. I did it for my own truth,” she said.

Zachary Quinto








Long rumored to be gay, the actor, most famous for his roles on “Heroes” and in the recent “Star Trek” film, came out in an October 2011 New York magazine profile.

Neil Patrick Harris








In November 2006, Neil told People magazine:  “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”

Cynthia Nixon








Cynthia gave several interviews in 2004; no official coming out, but was outed once she started living with her now-fiancée Christine Marinoni. “In terms of sexual orientation I don’t really feel I’ve changed … I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I’m just a woman in love with another woman,” she said.

Wanda Sykes








Comedienne and general funny woman Wanda Sykes came out in 2008 at an LGBTQ rights rally in Las Vegas to help lend a public face to the fight for equality.

Portia de Rossi








The actress had been out to friends for quite some time, but she told the entire world in the fall of 2005. “I’ve had my years of being not open, many years of it… It’s an honor for me to do this; it’s just nice to be asked,” de Rossi said in her September 2005 Advocate cover story.



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One response to “Actors who came out as gay”

  1. Charles says:

    Jesus! They think this abnormality is normal! This is so popular among people of fame to make homosexuality even more popular. Juts think of it! Only 2% of earth population is gays, and you think their number is much more as they are all in the mass media, on screen, movies, struggling for the rights, etc. I hope it won’t turn in gay-mania. You can call me a homophobe, but this is simply unnatural.