Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Gay!

In the current wave of Hollywood talent, there are a large number of actors known for being out and proud in the LGBTQIA community, but there are also those that are firmly out, but may have been under the radar of the general public. The following is a short list of some of those that are gay, bisexual, or other, but definitely not straight.

1. Wentworth Miller 
Known for being supremely hot, his supporting roles on the big screen and his star turn on the hit television show ‘Prison Break’, Wentworth Miller officially came out last year after he boycotted Russia’s current stance on homosexuality. With his smoldering good looks and a bad boy persona thanks to his roles, Miller has become a sex symbol to both men and women. Inspired by the millions fighting for equality in the country, Miller’s open letter in regards to Russia’s treatment of gay people caused an open debate internationally, and was seen as a bold way of coming out of the closet and supporting the gay community.

2. Ian McKellen  ian-mckellen
He is known for his star roles in a multitude of films, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series and ‘X-Men’ films, but Ian McKellan has quietly flown under the radar for years as an out gay actor, quietly amassing a body of work that is the envy of many a leading actor. His decades-long work in the industry has demonstrated that the label needn’t adversely affect a career.

3. Cynthia Nixon 
As the best girlfriend of Carrie Bradshaw, she was of one of the four women that put the ‘sex’ in ‘Sex and the City’. Brash, sassy, and sexy, her iconic role as Miranda Hobbes showed the sensual side of the upwardly mobile woman. Previously coupled with the father of her two children, Cynthia Nixon nonchalantly came out with her girlfriend that had been speculated as her lover for many months beforehand. A staunch supporter of gay rights, Nixon has collected several awards and acting nominations that encompass a diverse body of work beyond ‘Sex and the City’. She has also proved that there are no roles that she cannot portray convincingly.

4. Lady Gaga 
This pop diva never came out, instead proudly boasting of her bisexuality the moment she came onto the scene only a few years ago. And how could this pop star keep all her love relegated to just one gender? Indeed, she has a sizeable lesbian fanbase that hangs on her every word. As a defender of gay rights, Lady Gaga has a following of fans that comprise cross-sections of the entire LGBTQIA community. Her efforts have been met with approval by many gay organizations, and her charity work on their behalf has been a cause for celebration for equal rights for gay people worldwide. Still new to the scene, the general public is eagerly anticipating how Lady Gaga will incorporate gay themes and issues into her future projects in the years to come. She has almost single-handedly brought freaks, queers, gender benders (and everything in between) to the forefront.

5. Frank Ocean 

 American singer-songwriter and rapper, Ocean started his career ghostwriting songs for famous musicians such as Justin Beiber, John Legend and Brandy. He came out in 2012 via his Tumblr blog stating, “Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people living in fear”.

6.  Victor Garber 

Canadian born film, stage and television actor, Garber proved his acting chops in blockbuster films like Titanic and Argo. As a very private person, Garber prefers to stay out of the tabloids, but said in 2013, “I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows”, publically referring to his homosexuality.

7. Anderson Cooper 

This broadcast journalist, author and talk show host known as the “silver fox”, serves as the primary anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. It wasn’t until 2012, when we gave permission to Andrew Sullivan to publish an email stating: “I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true. … 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”.


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