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24 LGBTQ Celebrities Who Have Come Out!

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

In a 2012 interview with Out Magazine, the X-Files star talked about her past relationships with women. She said it’s more of the exception for her, rather than the rule, as she still likes boys and does not feel 100% gay. She talked about one of her past relationships as a way of paying tribute and acknowledging the woman’s existence, as she was no longer alive at the time of the interview.

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

Zachary played Sylar, the main villain in Heroes, and is also in American Horror Story, and the new Star Trek films as Spock. He had long been an open supporter of many LGBTQ rights advocacy organizations like The Trevor Project, but decided it was necessary for him to come out after the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, an openly bisexual teenager who had filmed YouTube videos to help support victims of homophobic bullying. “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.”

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes publicly talked about her sexuality in 2008 at an anti-proposition 8 rally in California. “I got married Oct. 25, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation, I felt like I was living my life, I wasn’t in the closet, but I was just living my life. Everybody who knows me personally, they know I’m gay. And that’s the way people should be able to live our lives, really. We shouldn’t have to be standing out here demanding something we automatically should have as citizens of this country.” She has two children with her wife Alex, who she met in 2006.

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster is brilliant. She’s been acting since she was 3 years old and is incredibly talented and intelligent, racking up multiple awards throughout her career. When awarded with a Cecil B. DeMille Award (basically a lifetime achievement award) at the 2013 Golden Globes, she gave a touching monologue where she thanked her ex-partner and co-parent of her two children, Cydney. It was a rather matter-of-fact way to come out publicly, and she did acknowledge that she’s been out for decades. She has talked a lot about privacy, saying “actors who become celebrities are supposed to be grateful for the public interest. After all, they’re getting paid. Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy, to destroy someone’s sense of self.” Watch her speech below!

 



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