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50 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Gay

Lil Nas X

The break-out rap-country star Lil Nas X became an almost overnight global sensation with his song Old Town Road, which featured Billy Ray Cyrus. Not only that, Lil Nas X made history as the first openly gay musician to be nominated for a Country Music Association Award. He was the first musical artist to come out as gay while his record was sitting at number one, where it stayed for over 19 weeks.

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George Takei

Famous for his role as Hikaru Sulu in one of the most influential shows of all time, Star Trek. Not to mention, he's also starred in tons of movies and Broadway plays. Takei courageously came out as gay in 2002 and has been married to his husband, Brad Takei, since 2008.

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Jim Parsons

You probably recognize him as Sheldon from the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Parsons was fearless when he came out as gay in 2012. Person's married his husband, Todd Spiewak, in 2017, and he's been working on LGBTQ activism and new shows since Big Bang concluded. 

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Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2008 when he appeared in the film Afterschool. That being said, it was his role as Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower that really garnered him a lot of attention. In 2012, Miller told The Daily Beast he identified as queer, going on to say, "the way I would choose to identify myself wouldn't be gay. I've been attracted mostly to 'shes,' but I've been with many people, and I'm open to love whatever it can be"

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Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes is considered one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and has ranked among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. In addition to several comedy shows, she's starred in feature films such as Pootie Tang, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Down to Earth, and Monster-in-Law. Sykes came out as a lesbian in 2008 and has been married to her wife, Alex Sykes, since the same year.

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Brendon Urie

Brendon Urie, frontman for the super popular alternative band Panic! At the Disco, has long since been considered an ally to the LGBT community. However, in July 2018 he came out as pansexual. Panic! At the Disco is hugely popular with younger audiences, so it isn't a surprise that they look up to Urie. In March 2019, Urie was honored for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy.

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Adam Lambert

If you were ever a big fan of American Idol, then you probably recognize his name. Adam Lambert is an American singer, songwriter, and actor who rose to fame in 2009 as the runner-up on American Idol's eighth season. Lambert publicly came out shortly after his stint on American Idol and was the first openly gay artist to top the Billboard 200 album charts in 2015. He has dated his boyfriend, Javi Costa Polo, since early 2019.

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Kristen Stewart

In 2015, Stewart came out as a lesbian and has been in an on-again-off-again relationship with Stella Maxwell. Supposedly, Stewart and Maxwell have broken it off completely, and Stewart is rumored to have moved on to screenwriter Dylan Meyer. Stewart has known Meyer for six years, so she's ready to get married to her new girlfriend to make it official. 

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Anderson Cooper

A renowned news reporter, producer, and actor (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Chappie), Cooper has always been out and is considered the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television. He's also been a guiding light for other LGBT celebrities. Even current Apple CEO Tim Cook sought out Cooper's advice before coming out to the public as gay.

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Miley Cyrus

Disney star turned pop sensation Miley Cyrus came out as pansexual in 2015, and in 2017, admitted that she was gender-neutral (not particularly identifying with either gender). Cyrus has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, even long before she came out.

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is a staple in Hollywood and is an acclaimed philanthropist, producer, and actress best known for her roles in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Maleficent. Jolie has never been afraid of her identity and has always been out as bisexual. Since splitting with Brad Pitt, she's had relations with both women and men.

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Ellen Page

Known recently for her role in the hit Netflix original series The Umbrella Academy, Page came out as a lesbian in 2014 during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference in Las Vegas. Page has been married to her wife, professional dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, since early January 2018. 

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Drew Barrymore

A child star who started out with a bang in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982, Barrymore has become a household name and a Hollywood icon. Barrymore bravely came out as bisexual in 2003 and is famously known for saying, "I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful."

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Best known for her time on Disney's That's So Raven and several movies such as Doctor Dolittle and The Cheetah Girls, Raven-Symone is a star that most millennials have loved for years. She came out as bisexual in 2012. Now, Raven-Symone encourages people to approach others without being labeled anything other than a "human who loves humans." How admirable!

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Rita Ora

In early 2018, Rita Ora, Charlie XCX, Cardi B, and Bebe Rexha all released a song called "Girls" which featured the line "Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls." The song received a lot of backlash from the LGBT community until the British pop star tweeted and came out as bisexual in defense of the song.

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Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane has been a famous Hollywood actor best known for his roles in The Producers and The Lion King. He heroicly came out as gay in 1999 and has been married to X-Files actor Devlin Elliott since late 2015.

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Billie Joe Armstrong

Green Day was one of the most famous rock bands of the '90s and 2000s. The lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong came out as bisexual in 1995, just after the band broke into the mainstream music scene. In Green Day's early years, many teens were encouraged by Billie Joel Armstrong to be themselves, so it's no wonder he's still loved today. 

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Harry Styles

Rumors about the former One Direction bandmate's private life have swirled for years, and he finally (kind of) addressed them in an interview with Guardian: "Who cares? Does that make sense? It’s just: who cares? ...In terms of how I wanna dress, and what the album sleeve’s gonna be, I tend to make decisions in terms of collaborators I want to work with. I want things to look a certain way. Not because it makes me look gay, or it makes me look straight, or it makes me look bisexual, but because I think it looks cool. And more than that, I dunno, I just think sexuality’s something that’s fun. Honestly? I can’t say I’ve given it any more thought than that."

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Amandla Stenberg

Known for her roles in The Hunger Games and The Hate U Give,  Amandla Stenberg came out as gay in June 2018. She took to Instagram with a photo of her in a rainbow plaid jacket and rainbow hair with the caption "OUT & PROUD. So happy to say the words Yep, I'm Gay in official print."

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Victor Garber

You probably knew this actor's face before you knew his name. Victor Garber is known for starring in films like Titanic and Argo, along with several TV series. In 2013, Garber confirmed that he was gay, though it had long been suspected seeing as he hadn't really hidden his 20-plus-years relationship with Rainer Andreesen. Garber and Andreesen have been happily married in 2015.

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Marlon Brando

Though he may be long passed, the late Marlon Brando was outed by several posthumous biographies as bisexual. To be fair, he was open about his sexuality during his life, even saying, "like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed."

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Richard Chamberlain

Known as the heartthrob of the '60s, Chamberlain is remembered for his role as the suave and handsome titular character Dr. Kildare. In 2003, Chamberlain bravely came out as gay in a tell-all biography.

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Tessa Thompson

In June 2018, Westworld and Thor: Ragnarok actress Tessa Thompson came out as bisexual. Thompson has also been speculated to possibly be romantically involved with singer Janelle Monae, though nothing has ever been confirmed by either Thompson or Monae.

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Gordon Thomson

Best known for his role as the homophobic villain Adam Carrington on Dynasty. Thomson announced in a September 2017 interview with The Daily Beast that he is a gay man. "I'm probably as homophobic as any gay man alive because of my background." That must have taken a lot of courage. 

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Born Stacy Ann Ferguson, Fergie is a famed actress and musician. She's best known for her time with the Black Eyed Peas and her role in Quinten Tarantino's Grindhouse. In 2009, Fergie confirmed she was bisexual, though she admitted that she'd never had a steady girlfriend.

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Zachary Quinto

Quinto is probably best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek and his Emmy-nominated performance as Dr. Oliver Thredson in American Horror Story: Asylum. Quinto came out as gay in 2011, after playing Louis in Signature Theater's restaging of "Angels in America." Since then, Quinto has been incredibly outspoken against what LGBTQ teens have to go through while growing up. Quinto is certainly someone to look up to. 

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Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter is an actress best known for her roles in All the President's Men, Family Ties, and A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. She was fearless when came out as a lesbian in 2009 and has been married to her wife, Nancy Locke, since late 2013.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is a pop music star, fashion icon, philanthropist, and acclaimed actress. Gaga came out as bisexual in 2010 and has since been an activist for LGBT+ people across the globe, especially with her second album "Born This Way" which touched on hot social topics.

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David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce is a TV star thanks to his role as Dr. Niles Crane in the series Frasier, which got him nominated for an Emmy Award each year (he won four times: 1995, 1998, 1999, and 2004). He came out as gay in 2009 and has been with his husband Brian Hargrove since October 2008.

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Jason Collins

Another history-making athlete, Jason Collins, was the first NBA star to come out as gay and continue playing. Collins came out in 2013 when he played for the Boston Celtics and then the Washington Wizards. Now, Collins is standing up for the rights of LGBTQ athletes! 

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Jason Mraz

Fans theorized about Mraz's sexuality after he released a poem in June 2018 that ended with the line "I am bi your side." In July of 2018, Mraz came out as bisexual in an interview with Billboard, saying "But I've had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife."

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Jane Lynch

Lynch is probably best known for her time on Glee, and her roles in the movies Wreck-It-Ralph, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. She came out as a lesbian first to her parents when she was 32 years old and credited Ellen DeGeneres for helping her publicly come out in 2005. Lynch was married to clinical psychologist Lara Embry in 2010, but the two divorced in 2014.

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Michael Sam

This former NFL star made history as the first out gay player to be drafted. Sam came out in 2014 and has since briefly played with the St. Louis Rams, the Dallas Cowboys, and Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. He has since claimed that coming out ruined his career in the NFL and has actively fought against racism in the LGBT community.

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Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris has been a massive star since he broke onto the scene. He reached TV fame with his time on How I Met Your Mother and has had significant roles in movies such as The Next Big Thing and Undercover Brother. Harris came out as gay in 2006. He's been married to his husband, David Burtka since 2014, and the couple had twins via a surrogate mother.

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Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon is most recognizable from her role as Miranda in Sex and the City. Initially, Nixon stated that she was bisexual (and caused quite a bit of controversy by saying sexuality was a choice), though she later clarified that she identified as a lesbian rather than bisexual. Nixon has been married to her wife Christine Marinoni since 2012.

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Jodie Foster

In 2013, Jodie Foster came out as a lesbian and married her current wife, Alexandra Hedison, a year later in 2014. Foster started as a child actress in 1968, and since then, she has starred in films such as Home for the Holidays and Panic Room. Along with being proudly outspoken about being LGBTQ+ and the roles of women in Hollywood. 

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Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon is probably known best for her years on Saturday Night Live and her starring role in the 2016 Ghostbusters all-female remake. McKinnon made show history as the first lesbian cast member on Saturday Night Live. McKinnon has been with her girlfriend, actress Jackie Abbott, since late 2017.

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Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe is a famed Olympic freestyle swimmer with five gold medals, three silver medals, one bronze medal, and a broken Olympic record under his belt. In 2014, after years of publicly denying it, Thorpe came out as gay in an interview with British talk show host Michael Parkinson.

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Sara Gilbert

Gilbert is best known for her roles in The Big Bang Theory, Poison Ivy, Light It Up, and as the producer of the attempted Roseanne reboot. Gilbert came out as a lesbian in 2010 and has been married to her partner Linda Perry since March 2014.

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Sarah Paulson

Known best for her recurring role on the hit TV show American Horror Story and her recent success with 12 Years a Slave, Paulson is a growing star in the Hollywood community. In 2013, Paulson came out as sexually fluid/bisexual, and she began dating her current partner, Holland Taylor, in early 2015. They've been extremely happy since.

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Wilson Cruz

In 1994, Wilson Cruz waltzed into the hearts of TV viewers as heartthrob Rickie Vasquez in My So-Called Life. He also made history while he did it, as the first openly gay man of color on a network television show. Cruz came out as gay to his parents in 1992 when he was 19.

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Janelle Monae

Singer Janelle Monae's sexuality was something of speculation for quite a while. In early 2018, during an interview with Rolling Stone, Monae confirmed that she identified as pansexual. Monae's close friendship with actress Tessa Thompson has long been in question, many fans believing that the pair are actually hiding a romantic relationship. Only time will tell.

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Amy Winehouse

In 2010, UK tabloid News of the World reported that after ending a tumultuous marriage, Winehouse came out to a friend that she was bisexual. The friend, with Winehouse's permission, told News of the World that Winehouse had said, "there is something about being with a woman that is very satisfying. I don't care what people think about me being bi – I do what feels good."

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Sam Smith

You've probably seen his name in the news in the past. Sam Smith, a famous singer-songwriter, came out as gay in 2014 and as nonbinary in September of 2019. Smith took to Instagram with a caption that announced their decision to go by they/them pronouns. "After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out."

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Gillian Anderson

A TV legend as Scully from The X Files and the star of several movies such as The Turning and Playing by Heart. Gillian Anderson bravely came out as bisexual in 2012, she has been dating screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan since 2016.

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Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman, known as Little Richard, was the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock' n' Roll." With rock hits like Tutti Frutti and Good Golly Miss Molly, Little Richard lived a life full of sexual ambiguity. He eventually came out as gay in 1995 and has been a queer icon ever since.

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Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts is an acclaimed actress and producer, known for her roles in Pitch Perfect 2 and He Got Game. Roberts also spent time as a host on Good Morning America. In 2013, she came out as a lesbian and has been with her partner, Amber Laign, since 2005.

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Darren Young

In an interview in August 2013, Young made history as the first professional wrestler to ever publicly come out while still signed to a major promotion. Young came out as gay and was met with acceptance and encouragement from the WWE as well as several fellow wrestlers who tweeted their support.

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Lee Pace

Of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hobbit fame, actor Lee Pace publicly came out as a gay man in a series of tweets in March of 2018. He was originally accidentally outed by co-star Ian McKellen (another Hobbit star), though Pace never made any comments about his romantic life until 2018.

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Collin Martin

Collin Martin, a star Major League Soccer player, came out as gay in June 2018.  When he came out, he was the only active openly gay male professional soccer player. Martin took to Twitter to say, "Today, I'm proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay."

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Lena Waithe

You might know her as an actor, producer, and the first-ever black woman to win an Emmy for writing a comedy series, Waithe is also an outspoken member of the LGBT community. Waithe makes history as a proud "gay black female" and acts as an inspiration to LGBT people of color.

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