1. Tom Daley
Tom came out today in a YouTube video from his personal account where he says he still ‘fancies’ girls but is currently dating a guy and ‘couldn’t be happier’.
2. Bob Harper
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Bob is a trainer on The Biggest Loser, and came out on the show in order to encourage a contestant, saying:
“I’m gay. I knew I very long time ago that I was gay. When I came out — when I was 17 years old — it was one of those things where I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn’t mean being weak. And being gay doesn’t mean that you are less than anybody else. It’s just who you are.” It was less about coming out than confirming he was out.
3. Raven Symone
After the repeal of the Defense Against Marriage Act (DOMA), Raven revealed she was a lesbian by tweeting: “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.”
4. Victor Garber
In January of this year, Victor technically ‘came out’ by referencing his partner of thirteen years, Rainer Andreesen, saying, “I don’t really talk about it, but everybody knows,”
5. Wentworth Miller
Wentworth revealed his sexuality this summer in an open letter to Russia after receiving an invitation to travel there as the guest of honor at a film festival:
Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.
However, as a gay man, I must decline.
I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.
6. Jillian Michaels
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After various vague statements over the years like — “If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love!” — Jillian let her relationship with her partner Heidi Rhoades speak for itself in 2012 as the two adopted one child and had another biologically.
7. Anderson Cooper
Anderson officially came out in 2012 with an open letter containing the statement, ‘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’. But I highly doubt that I’m the only person who didn’t realize he wasn’t out already at that point.
8. Jim Parsons
The star of Big Bang Theory offhandedly revealed his sexual orientation in a New York Times profile in 2012, and has said that the lack of ‘hoopla’ was ‘actually kind of rewarding’.
9. Cynthia Nixon
When rumors first broke that Cynthia was dating a woman, her publicist advised her to keep it a secret. But after a while, under the advice of a new publicist, she simply confirmed the information without releasing her partner’s name and just went on with her life as usual.
10. Matt Bomer
Matt publicly acknowledged that he was gay when thanking his partner Simon Halls and their children in a 2012 acceptance speech, later going on to say:
“I never really endeavored to hide anything, but there were times I chose not to relegate my history to the back page of a magazine, which to me is sort of akin to putting your biography on a bathroom wall. What we really have to do is stop the adjective before the job title — whether it’s ‘black actor,’ a ‘gay actor’ or anything actor. Everybody thinks that equality comes from identifying people, and that’s not where equality comes from. Equality comes from treating everybody the same regardless of who they are. I hope the media and the press catches on to that, because it’s time to move out of 1992.”
11. Zachary Quinto
After the death of Jamey Rodemeyer in 2011, bullied to the point of suicide for being gay, Zachary acknowledged his own orientation for the first time:
‘In light of Jamey’s death — it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it — is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”
12. Adam Lambert
Adam officially ‘came out’ in 2009 after American Idol ended, but he’s not super convinced that’s the right phrase for what happened:
“‘Come out’ is so funny to me because I’ve never been in. I’ve always been out. I just chose to avoid it. I didn’t … I don’t feel closeted. Everybody that I worked with knew about my personal life.”
13. Maria Bello
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Today, the same day that Tom Daley came out as bisexual, Maria revealed that she is currently dating her longtime best friend, a woman, in a piece for the New York Times:
“We had an immediate connection but didn’t think of it as romantic or sexual. She was one of the most beautiful, charming, brilliant and funny people I had ever met, but it didn’t occur to me, until that soul-searching moment in my garden, that we could perhaps choose to love each other romantically.”