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24 LGBTQ Celebrities Who Have Come Out!

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

Most people know Jim as Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. He’s also held a variety of stage roles on Broadway. In a 2012 New York Times article, when explaining how Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart resonated with him (a play he acted in during its Broadway debut), it is mentioned that he is gay and has been with his partner for over ten years.

Mika

Mika

Originally in 2009, Mika had said to a magazine “Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me.” In a 2012 interview with Instinct, he said “If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah,” and “Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.” We’re glad he’s comfortable with himself now. Though it’s worth pointing out that this seems to have been shoved into the “bisexuality as a phase,” camp by a lot of popular media, which is really damaging to so many bisexual and pansexual people who are attracted to more than one gender. For a lot of people, sexuality is fluid, and for others it isn’t. It’s really unfortunate when someone identifies as bisexual or doesn’t have a word for what they’re feeling, and people assume the end result will be gay or lesbian. It’s very simplistic and dismissive. So try to listen to Mika’s words as his own experience, and not the media commentary that is often dismissive of the plurality of queer experiences.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

If you don’t know that Ellen is out and proud by now, you’re living under a rock or just plain willfully ignorant. Sorry. She came out as a lesbian in 1997, and it had a negative impact on her career at the time, sadly. But she’s been thriving since then, and is one of the nicest people on television. She’s happily married and her wife, Portia, is an actress herself. Power couple much?

Don Lemon

Don Lemon

Don Lemon is a journalist and the prime-time weekend anchor for CNN Newsroom. Lemon came out as gay in a 2011 interview with The New York Times. He discussed homophobia in the black community and his experience with being a double minority.



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