Even though much has changed over the years with the ruling on same-sex marriage, coming out as being gay or bisexual can still be quite frightening due to all the criticism from people, friends, and family who don’t support the LGBT community. But imagine being a celebrity and disclosing your sexual orientation to the world and not really knowing how your fans will react, that has to be even more difficult. Let’s see if you knew that the following 21 celebrities were gay.
1. Ellen Page
Ellen Page has won over 25 awards and has been nominated for best actress for her role in Juno. She is seen as one of the best up and coming actresses in Hollywood. She came out in 2014 saying that she was tired of hiding her sexuality. She discussed this difficult decision to come out on the Ellen Show.
2. Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson has appeared in romantic comedies, such as What Women Want and Down With Love. She has also been on Broadway and, more recently, in the series American Horror Story. She dated actress Cherry Jones, but they broke up in 2009. Paulson says she is open to relationships with women and men.
3. Kristian Nairn
Kristian is most recognized as Hodor on Game of Thrones, but he is also a DJ. He was born in Northern Ireland and stands at 6’11”. In 2014, he stated that he is gay, but that he considers his sexuality to be a small part of who he is as a whole.
4. Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster married photographer Alexandra Hedison in 2014. Jodie always valued her privacy, but she came out publicly in 2013 during an acceptance speech.
5. Matt Bomer
Star of White Collar, Matt Bomer has 3 kids with his life partner Simon Halls.
6. Sir Ian Mckellen
We know him as Magneto in the X-Men movies and Gandalf in Lord of the Rings.
7. Amber Heard
Before Amber Heard and Johnny Depp began their relationship, Amber was in a long term relationship with female artist and filmmaker Tasya Van Ree. Amber doesn’t consider herself straight or gay. She has said that she loves who she loves. It is the person that matters, not their gender.
8. Wentworth Miller
Best known for his roles in Prison Break and the CW series The Flash, he came out in 2013 through a protest of how the Russian government was treating its gay citizens.
9. Victor Garber
Victor Garber confirmed that he was gay in 2013 saying he thought everyone already knew!
10. Matt Dallas
Matt Dallas is best known for his role in the ABC Family show Kyle XY. In 2015, he married his partner of 5 years, musician Blue Hamilton.
11. Jonathan Bennett
We all know him as Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls, but in real life, he probably wouldn’t date Lindsey Lohan. He did date Matt Dallas (another actor on our list).
12. Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff was in Glee and, for 3 seasons, he played Lea Michelle’s love interest.
13. David Hyde Pierce
He is best known for his role as Doctor Niles Crane in Frasier. In 2008, he married his longtime partner, Brian Hargrove. They had been together for over 20 years.
14. Cynthia Nixon
Best known for her character Miranda on Sex and the City, Cynthia Nixon was in a relationship with a man for several years and they had two children together. When their relationship ended, she met and eventually married education activist Christine Marinoni, who gave birth to their baby boy in 2011.
15. Cary Grant
One of classic Hollywood’s main leading men, he dated and lived with actor Randolph Scott for 12 years.
16. Wanda Sykes
Comedian Wanda Sykes has been married to her partner, Alex Niedbalski, since 2008. In 2009, Alex gave birth to a pair of fraternal twins.
17. Raven Symone
She had her start on the Cosby Show and then continued on to be a Disney Channel star. She has been a singer, actress, dancer, model, comedian and television producer all by the age of 30.
18. Michelle Rodriguez
Best known for her role on The Fast and the Furious, Michelle Rodriguez told Cosmopolitan Magazine that she goes both ways. She said, “I do as I please. I am too curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”
19. Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper, the broadcast journalist, gave permission to Andrew Sullivan to publish an email he wrote in 2012. In it he said that he didn’t have any intention of hiding that he was gay. He wrote, “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” Above he is pictured with boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.
20. Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean began his career writing for other artists such as Justin Bieber, John Legend and Brandy. He became famous after releasing his first album. He came out in 2012 through his Tumblr blog and said his first true love was a man.
21. Jim Parsons
Known for his role on the Big Bang Theory, he has been in a relationship with art director Todd Spiewak for the last 10 years.
Tom Daley broke his silence on his relationship status in a homemade video, where he talked about how his relationship with Dustin Lance Black even surprised himself. In the past, Daley had dated girls but once he met Black, the connection was unlike anything he had experienced. Daley says though he still fancies girls, even though he is in fact gay.
Foster recognized her orientation for the first time during her 2013 Golden Globes acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. She nervously built up to her big reveal: “I’m going to need your support on this. I am, uh, single.” Foster hadn’t actively concealed her orientation, but she didn’t flaunt it either.
Charlie Sheen is one of the biggest actors that you will ever see on screen. Over the years, he was known for living a lavish life and spending money on prostitutes. His orientation came into question after a tape was released showing him spending time with another man. According to entertainment news, His actions negatively impacted his acting career.
As one of the most famous award winning actors, Anna Paquin’s femininity has always been in question. After years of speculation, the celebrity openly admitted her orientation and married her longtime girlfriend and they had a child together. Ever since then, Anna has become an outspoken gay activist. She often encourages young people to embrace their orientation.
Best known for his role on the comedy show, Will and Grace, Sean Hayes publicly announced to the world that he was gay in October 2010. He kept his orientation a secret as he did not want to jeopardize his chances of getting good acting jobs. Hayes has always been apologetic to the gay community for hiding this for many years.
The American Idol second runner-up mustered the courage to announce his orientation to the world on the fourth season of the reality music show. As an outstanding performer, Lambert took the world’s judgment about his orientation and used it to make some of the greatest hit songs that we listen to today.