25+ LGBTQ+ Celebrities Who’ve Come Out Since 2000

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender people started to gain more support in the 2000s. Actors, writers, and musicians have all publicly come out since 2000. Many famous LQBTQ+ people came out in the media, while others used tools like Facebook and Twitter to make their announcements. This list of celebrities who came out in the 2000s has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous celebrity who came out in the 2000s? Rosie O’Donnell might be a candidate. She publicly came out in 2002 at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Caroline’s Comedy Club, and has since been a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, marriage equality, and adoption rights.

Jodie Foster publicly came out in 2013 during her Golden Globes acceptance speech, saying, „I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the stone age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.“

Other celebs who came out since the new millennium include Wentworth Miller, Neil Patrick Harris, and Colton Haynes. 

TOP 20 FAMOUS GAY CELEBRITIES

I just can’t understand how or why a man would rather find it more arousing, appealing or fascinating to french kiss another man than a gorgeous sexy woman. I think it’s completely disgusting. I’ve got nothing against gays but here is a list of celebrities who are gay.

TOP 20 FAMOUS GAY CELEBRITIES

A List of Gay and Lesbian Celebrities and Their Relationships

It might be hard to imagine why it is a big deal to go public about one’s sexuality. Especially for celebrities, their coming out can ruin their reputation. On the other hand, they may not want to continue living in a closet, keeping their sexuality a secret. This would be an enormous burden to them. Gay or lesbian, I think we should embrace their talent!

A List of Gay and Lesbian Celebrities and Their Relationships

30 singers you may not know are LGBT

We have listed singers you may not have known were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

From iconic modern singers and those you may not have heard of, to the rock legends we all love, we list 30 LGBT+ singers.

How many of these queer superstars have you heard of?

30 singers you may not know are LGBT

Greatest Gay Singers of All Time

Freddie, of course yeah! He was above average! Who can’t adore Freddie’s work? Are we nuts? I also like a lot Elton John, another genius, and from the gay women K.D. lang is great. I think more people should listen to her songs because her work is special. It shouldn’t matter how she looks like, she is awesome as a singer, people shouldn’t judge her for her masculine looks, her songs are very emotional and she has a great quality as an artist.

Freddie Mercury us the biggest African / Indian rock star in history. He’s also the first gay rock God. It doesn’t into some people but I think it would matter to Freddie.

Not necessarily gay he was bisexual), but you know what, we can let it all slide.

I think he was bisexual, but either way, I’m glad that he’s at #1.

The lead vocalist of Judas Priest is gay and he has stated that. He has revealed,“I’m just a gay man who sings in a heavy metal band.“ However, Halford is also one of the songwriters of Judas Priest.

Not Only the best gay singer but the best singer of all

He’s one of the best singers alive, why he is just no5?

He’s the most influential gay singer of all times. He has been publicly Bisexual since 1976 when He was in His early 20s.

Awesome singerIn the movie lion king he sang can you feel the love tonight

Freddie Mercury actually sucks! in my opinion George Michael has a more beautiful voice and better and addictive songs than “Bohemian Rhapsody“… I really don’t know why Freddie Mercury is considered the best of all when his music wasn’t so addictive!

George Michael should be at the #1 spot. This Man sings with his heart & soul no- oneCan touch Him. Love you George!

He’s great. He made an history to entertainment industry.

Sam smiths music got thru my dad bringing my mother to court again

I never thought we would have a gay pop star like him who is both explicitly and celebratory gay. His music captures my ten years between 14 and 24 like no other artist ever has.

Very mature for his age, sings LGBTQ themes proudly

He’s my favorite singer. He’s got an amazing voice and he is a very nice man. Melissa Italy

Fantastic! He’s a grest artist, and his songs tell a story!

Steve Grand is one of the most beautiful men on the planet.

Greatest Gay Singers of All Time

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56 celebrities you didn’t know are gay, bisexual or lesbian

Some stars come out as LGBT+ to big fanfare, but others may have been out for years or may have come out quietly.

PinkNews brings you a list of 56 iconic stars who, even if they personally avoid labels, are still LGBT role models.

Take a look through some of the celebrities that you might not know are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

Top 50 Gay Male Musicians

These days, with more and more public figures coming forward about their sexuality, it was only a matter of time that we here at put together a list of the most influential and intriguing openly gay and bisexual male musicians of the past century. Compiling a list like this was no small feat.

While we’ve limited this to only 50 musicians, the number of openly gay artists far surpasses that number, and we’re sure you will likely spot an artist near and dear to your heart that we left out. Trust us that it was not done in malice. We simply tried to assemble a list of those artists we feel have been both successful in their careers while also raising awareness toward gay rights issues and giving back to the community in which they belong.

We also decided to rule out those artists whose sexuality was often rumored to be gay, but have never been confirmed by the artists themselves, take Morrissey or Liberace for example. We also decided to omit those musicians who appeared to flirt with being bisexual, but ultimately seem to consider themselves straight, such as David Bowie, or musicians who have talked in vague generalities about bisexuality but again ultimately seem clearly heterosexual, such as Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.

So here we are with a list honoring those out and proud men who have paved the way for many others like them and many more who will surely come. These men have been a positive influence for GLBT youth around the world, and by their honesty they have helped shape the current climate and acceptability for being an openly gay male artist in today’s music industry.

These are artists who risked their careers to be true to their sexuality, and who make us proud to be the gay and bi men that we are.

Old Hollywood celebrities who were gay

During the old Hollywood times, being openly gay meant that your career and life are about to get destroyed. But behind all that Hollywood glamour, Matt Tyrnauer, director of the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood said that a “sexual Gestapo,” was actively present. “It was very difficult,” he said, “for people to have authentic lives.” In his movie, Scotty Bowers was an L.A. personality who stood as a “confidante, friend, and pimp for Hollywood’s closeted movie stars.”

Here is a list of celebrities who were supposedly gay.

50 Great Gay Male Music Artists

In 2011, we compiled a list of the top 50 gay male musicians. Big names like Elton John, RuPaul, The Village People, and Michael Stipe rounded out that collection of well-known gay music artists in various genres. While our original gay music artist list was extensive, limited it to 50 meant it was obviously incomplete. Many brilliant but lesser known talents were left out.

Now, we’re updating that original effort with a new list, this one covering contemporary gay artists—underground gems, newer superstars on the scene and some older gay musicians finally getting the recognition they deserve. More of a tasting menu than a complete archive, this gallery of gay music artists is still by no means comprehensive, but it certainly represents a group of talented men to celebrate.

53 celebrities you didn’t know were LGBT

Some stars come out as LGBT+ to big fanfare, but others may have been out for years or may have come out quietly.

PinkNews brings you a list of 43 iconic stars who, even if they personally avoid labels, are still LGBT role models.

25. Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster came out as gay in a speech at the 2013 Golden Globes, opening up about her partner.

A hilarious clip of Foster dealing with a heteronormative interviewer this year resurfaced and went viral.

The twice-Academy Award winner married Alexandra Hedison in 2014.

Foster was in 2016 finally been given the honour of her own spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star’s very own star was placed on Hollywood Boulevard on 4 May.

Kristen Stewart will be responsible for presenting Foster with Hollywood’s highest honour (except that Oscar).

“We have been waiting for a long time for Jodie Foster to set a date for her star and are thrilled that the time has come,” Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez tells WENN.

“She is a great role model for women and we are proud to add her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

26. Ben Whishaw

The London Spy star Ben Whishaw has been out as gay for some time. In 2016 he said he thought keeping his sexuality a secret had a negative effect on his career.

“I’m not damaged,” Ben Whishaw told the Guardian. “Not more than anybody else.”

He later said he was “baffled” that there is even a debate around gay actors and whether they should come out.

The London Spy star told the Guardian that keeping his sexual orientation a secret at the beginning of his career was damaging.

“Because then people assume you’ve got some really juicy, awful thing that you’re keeping from them,” he went on.

Discussing the fact that his civil partnership was revealed by a journalist, Whishaw said it was actually a relief.

27. Raven Symone

Back in 2014, the That’s So Raven star came out, saying she was dating a woman but that she didn’t want to be “labelled gay”.

She later said she was made to hide her sexuality by Disney while managing her image.

The 30-year-old said: “My likeness… had 15 people dictating what I should and should not look like, if I did whatever I want, I’m not gonna sell ’cause it doesn’t go with the brand. I was branded at such a young age.”

Going on, she said the pressure to maintain a sellable self-brand led her to hide her sexual orientation.

“My awareness of my sexuality was prevalent to me at 12, but there was some things younger in like the single digits. I had friends that I experimented with, but I never went far because I knew that this can’t be talked about,” she went on.

28. Wanda Sykes

Comedian and actor Wanda Sykes came out as a lesbian at a Prop 8 rally back in 2008.

She later said she never meant to come out but that once she did she was “treated like a unicorn”.

Sykes has revealed that she never meant to come out at a Prop 8 rally in 2008 but when she did, she was treated like a unicorn.

The comedian told The Meredith Show that she was called on stage by organisers as she had been vocal about her support for the anti Prop 8 campaign. She revealed that people treated her like a “unicorn” because, at the time, there were few out African-Americans.

She said: “It just came out. I had just gotten married. So instead of speaking as a supporter, I was speaking as one of the victims. It just happened. I didn’t even think about it… We continued with the rally and by the time I got to the hotel, I’m looking at the CNN scroll and it says, ‘Comedienne Wanda Sykes: I’m proud to be black and gay’ and whatever, I was like, ‘Oh lord. What the hell just happened?’ It was crazy.”

Sykes married her wife Alex Sykes in 2008 just before Proposition 8, the law that banned same-sex marriage in California, was passed.

Sykes revealed she was treated like a unicorn because she was a visible representative of the black LGBT community.

29. Charlie Carver

Teen Wolf star Carver came out as gay in a five-page letter published on Instagram back in 2016.

He also said he would quit acting rather than hide his sexuality, if he had to choose.

Carver, who played Porter Scavo in Desperate Housewives and Ethan in Teen Wolf, came out as gay in a series of posts on Instagram in January 2016.

“I didn’t really give a f**k at that point because, for me, not that I was living under duress, but I’d said to myself if I can’t do this when I’m young, I’m not sure I wanna stay in this business,” Carver told the June issue of Attitude about his decision to come out publicly

“I think the world is changing, representation is changing, and I wanted to be a part of that and I wouldn’t wanna be in this business if I couldn’t be a part of that.”

In the interview, Carver also opened up about the impact of learning at the age of 12 that his father Robert Mortensen was gay.

25. Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster came out as gay in a speech at the 2013 Golden Globes, opening up about her partner.

A hilarious clip of Foster dealing with a heteronormative interviewer this year resurfaced and went viral.

The twice-Academy Award winner married Alexandra Hedison in 2014.

Foster was in 2016 finally been given the honour of her own spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The star’s very own star was placed on Hollywood Boulevard on 4 May.

Kristen Stewart will be responsible for presenting Foster with Hollywood’s highest honour (except that Oscar).

“We have been waiting for a long time for Jodie Foster to set a date for her star and are thrilled that the time has come,” Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez tells WENN.

“She is a great role model for women and we are proud to add her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

26. Ben Whishaw

The London Spy star Ben Whishaw has been out as gay for some time. In 2016 he said he thought keeping his sexuality a secret had a negative effect on his career.

“I’m not damaged,” Ben Whishaw told the Guardian. “Not more than anybody else.”

He later said he was “baffled” that there is even a debate around gay actors and whether they should come out.

The London Spy star told the Guardian that keeping his sexual orientation a secret at the beginning of his career was damaging.

“Because then people assume you’ve got some really juicy, awful thing that you’re keeping from them,” he went on.

Discussing the fact that his civil partnership was revealed by a journalist, Whishaw said it was actually a relief.

27. Raven Symone

Back in 2014, the That’s So Raven star came out, saying she was dating a woman but that she didn’t want to be “labelled gay”.

She later said she was made to hide her sexuality by Disney while managing her image.

The 30-year-old said: “My likeness… had 15 people dictating what I should and should not look like, if I did whatever I want, I’m not gonna sell ’cause it doesn’t go with the brand. I was branded at such a young age.”

Going on, she said the pressure to maintain a sellable self-brand led her to hide her sexual orientation.

“My awareness of my sexuality was prevalent to me at 12, but there was some things younger in like the single digits. I had friends that I experimented with, but I never went far because I knew that this can’t be talked about,” she went on.

28. Wanda Sykes

Comedian and actor Wanda Sykes came out as a lesbian at a Prop 8 rally back in 2008.

Sykes has revealed that she never meant to come out at a Prop 8 rally in 2008 but when she did, she was treated like a unicorn.

The comedian told The Meredith Show that she was called on stage by organisers as she had been vocal about her support for the anti Prop 8 campaign. She revealed that people treated her like a “unicorn” because, at the time, there were few out African-Americans.

She said: “It just came out. I had just gotten married. So instead of speaking as a supporter, I was speaking as one of the victims. It just happened. I didn’t even think about it… We continued with the rally and by the time I got to the hotel, I’m looking at the CNN scroll and it says, ‘Comedienne Wanda Sykes: I’m proud to be black and gay’ and whatever, I was like, ‘Oh lord. What the hell just happened?’ It was crazy.”

Sykes married her wife Alex Sykes in 2008 just before Proposition 8, the law that banned same-sex marriage in California, was passed.

Sykes revealed she was treated like a unicorn because she was a visible representative of the black LGBT community.

29. Charlie Carver

Teen Wolf star Carver came out as gay in a five-page letter published on Instagram back in 2016.

He also said he would quit acting rather than hide his sexuality, if he had to choose.

Carver, who played Porter Scavo in Desperate Housewives and Ethan in Teen Wolf, came out as gay in a series of posts on Instagram in January 2016.

“I didn’t really give a f**k at that point because, for me, not that I was living under duress, but I’d said to myself if I can’t do this when I’m young, I’m not sure I wanna stay in this business,” Carver told the June issue of Attitude about his decision to come out publicly

“I think the world is changing, representation is changing, and I wanted to be a part of that and I wouldn’t wanna be in this business if I couldn’t be a part of that.”

In the interview, Carver also opened up about the impact of learning at the age of 12 that his father Robert Mortensen was gay.

Colton Underwood

Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood came out as gay in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on April 14, 2021.

„I’ve ran from myself for a long time,“ Underwood said in the pretaped segment. „I’ve hated myself for a long time. And I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.“

Ronen Rubinstein

Ronen Rubinstein revealed in April 2021 to Variety that he is bisexual, which he was inspired to share thanks to his role as a gay man on 9-1-1: Lone Star.

„I fully identify as bisexual,“ he said. „I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it. The biggest thing for me is where I come from, it’s like people like me and people who have identified as bisexual or gay or as any part of the community, you’re just not welcomed. It’s as brutally honest as that… So there was definitely a fear of sort of embracing how I felt. I was definitely more aware of it in high school. I was aware of my feelings and how I started looking at men, but I couldn’t talk to anybody about it.“

T.J. Osborne

Country singer T.J. Osborne, one-half of popular duo The Brothers Osborne, came out as gay in a February 3, 2021 profile in TIME. 

„I’m very comfortable being gay. I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange,“ he told the publication. 

Osborne is the first openly gay artist signed to a major country music label. 

JoJo Siwa

Fans first thought JoJo Siwa came out when she was shown singing Lady Gaga’s „Born This Way“ on TikTok, and again when she was spotted alongside other LGBTQ+ creators dancing to the lyrics, „one of us.“

For anyone who was still unsure, she took to Twitter on January 22, 2021, to show off a new shirt her cousin gifted her. It read, „BEST. GAY. COUSIN. EVER.“ The previous day she posted to Instagram wearing a Gucci bomber from the brand’s Pride collection. She also retweeted a video of her singing „Born This Way,“ with the caption, „@itsjojosiwa is on the right track, she was born this way,“ along with a rainbow flag emoji. That same day she began trending on Twitter. 

1. Elton John & David Furnish

Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947, Elton John is one of the most successful and bestselling artists of all time. His songs „Candle in the Wind“ and „Crocodile Rock“, among others, have become virtual classics in the history of popular music. In a 1976 Rolling Stone interview, he talked about bisexuality. Later he married Renate Blauel in 1984 and when he divorced her four years later, he told Rolling Stone he was „comfortable“ being gay. He met his Canadian boyfriend, David Furnish in 1993 and in 2014, they were married. They have two sons, Zachary and Elijah, both born to a surrogate mother.

2. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres, born in 1958 is an American stand-up comedienne, television host and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres was in a relationship with actress Anne Heche from 1997 to 2000 and in 1997, she came out publicly as a lesbian in an Oprah Winfrey Show. Since 2004, she has been in a relationship with former Ally McBeal and Arrested Development star Portia De Rossi. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres announced in May 2008 that she and De Rossi were engaged, and gave De Rossi a three-carat pink diamond ring. They were married in August 2008 at their home in Beverly Hills.

3. Portia De Rossi

Portia De Rossi (Born Amanda Lee Rogers in 1973) is an Australian actress best known for her roles as lawyer in Nelle Porter and Ally McBeal. She was married to a documentary film maker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999. According to her memoir „Unbearable Lightness“, during the time she was married to Metcalfe, she became interested in a woman who lived in the same apartment complex with whom she started a relationship. From 2000 to 2004, she dated singer Francesca Gregorini. She broke up with Gregorini as she began dating Ellen DeGeneres whom she met backstage at an awards show. In 2005, she opened up publicly about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate. She recently explained in an interview that as a young actress she was fearful of being exposed as a lesbian. She has been married to Ellen DeGeneres since August 2008.

4. Anderson Cooper

Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, television personality, and author. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360. He is openly gay and according to The New York Times, he is „the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television“. On July 2, 2012, he published an email that stated „.. fact is I`m gay, I always have been, always will be, and I couldn`t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud“. Cooper and his boyfriend, gay bar owner Benjamin Maisani, have been dating since 2009. In 2014 the couple purchased the Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut.

After Cooper split with Maisani, he became a father to a boy in April 2020. His son was born via a surrogate and was named Wyatt Morgan. Cooper revealed that although he has not gotten back together with Maisani, he will co parent their son. Cooper says he still considers Maisani family.

5. Elliot (formerly Ellen) Page & Emma Portner

Elliot Grace Philpotts-Page (formerly Ellen) born February 21, 1987, known professionally as Elliot Page, is a Canadian Actor. His breakthrough role was the title character in Jason Retiman`s comedy film Juno (2007) for which he received nominations for Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. In February 2014, Page came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign`s „Time to Thrive“ Conference in Las Vegas. In September 2015, Page confirmed that he was in a relationship with artist and surfer Samantha Thomas with whom he walked the red carpet for the world premiere of the film „Freeheld“ at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Elliot and Samantha split after 18 months and after just a few months, Elliot started a relationship with Emma Portner, a dancer and contemporary jazz teacher in 2018. The relationship began when Elliot became transfixed with Emma`s photo on instagram. They have also posted their nude pose on instagram where they are seen hugging each other. Page announced his marriage to Emma Portner in January 2018.

On December 1, 2020 Page came out as transgender on his social media accounts, specified his pronouns as he/him or they/them and revealed his new name, Elliot Page.

6. Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef

Ricky Martin (born Enrique Martin Morales in 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican pop singer and actor. He has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, first as a member of a boyband Menudo, and since 1991, as a solo artist. Martin had a relationship with Rebecca de Alba for over fourteen years. Although they talked of starting a family together, their relationship eventually ended. In 2008, Martin became a father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino via a surrogate mother. In March 2010, Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in a post on his official website by stating „I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man“. Beginning April 2016, he started dating Syrian-Swedish painter Jwan Yosef. The two announced their engagement on November 16, 2016 while on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. On December 31, 2018, the couple welcomed a daughter, Lucia Martin-Yosef, and on October 29, 2019, their son Renn Martin-Yosef was born. All four of their children were born via a surrogate mother. Martin stated that he wants his family to be seen as a normal family and nothing else.

7. Martina Navratilova & Julia Lemigova

Martina Navratilova (born in 1956) is a Czech-American tennis player and former world No. 1. Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. Both of these are all-time records. She is arguably one of the greatest tennis players in the history of tennis. In 1981, shortly after becoming a U.S. citizen, she came out publicly as a lesbian. (This was shocking to me as a teenager!) She was in a relationship with author Rita Mae Brown around this time. From 1984 to 1991 Navratilova had a long term relationship with author Judy Nelson who was married with two children. Their split caused a much-publicized legal wrangle. She was then in a relationship with Toni Layton which also involved a legal battle upon their split. Navratilova proposed to her long time girlfriend Julia Lemigova, who was a former Russian model, at the U.S. Open in September 2014 and were married in New York on December 15, 2014.

Comments

Jodie please come back… but as log as your happy im fine You and claudette colbert are my two best female actors thks so muuh

Well done and insightful article, I had no idea about any of this.

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on January 17, 2018:

I became interested of this topic out of suspicion but I don’t want to elaborate on that because the person involved is very close to my heart…

Actually being gay or lesbian is something personal. My bestfriend was gay, his family is really conservative and he knows that being gay is prohibited in his religion so he try to have relationship with some women for 3 years and now their married. Last time i contact him, he said that he’s totally changed. I hope he have a great marriage untill the end. Well i think this condition can be changed because environment is really important in this case. As long as we want to change everything can possible.

Some older celebrities have come out recently after being in the closet for decades — Barry Manilow, Jim Nabors, Richard Chamberlain. Their careers are virtually over so they weren’t risking much. I really admire the young actress, Ellen Page, for coming out and speaking out. She is risking a lot in terms of her career. She may not receive a lot of offers to play straight women. We will see…

Takako Komori (author) from Yokohama, Japan on December 20, 2013:

I agree with you, oldiesmusic. Torrilynn, it’s sometimes hard to acknowledge the fact that celebrities are also humans like ourselves, because, as you say, they are rich. They also often live a privileged life, but they want to love and to be loved like normal human beings.

thanks for the hub. I liked the fact that it was very informative about how celebrities are just normal human beings who have their own preference. the only difference is that they have a lot more money. lol. voted up.

oldiesmusic from United States on December 19, 2013:

Homosexuality is natural, I don’t believe it is from external factors. Even before a person is born he or she is already considered a homosexual. So it is not immoral, I believe, because God Himself has made them to be one.

Some of these people have suffered greatly because they were found out to be gay. I remember how the public reacted to George Michael, and Ricky Martin had to go back to Puerto Rico because of criticism. Poor George got hooked on drugs because he was given flack about his appearance and sexuality. I think it’s brave when they can come out against a world of judgement and declare who they are.

I pray for the day when sexuality becomes and non-issue. No one questions me because I am heterosexual, so why the hell question another’s sexuality? I just don’t get it.

I know Boy George and Jon Moss had affair as long as their culture club carrier. But in the end, I think they just use it to control each other.

I have my girl friend since 1992 and we went ups and downs. If love is true same sex does not matter.

idigwebsites from United States on November 06, 2013:

Really interesting article. Love is love and it doesn’t discriminate. 🙂

Love is such a beautiful thing life is too short to be bitter and miserable we should all be so lucky to find the love that Ellen and Porsche have I wish them all the joy and happiness in the world leave them alone they are an example for all of us

Very powerful. Keep up the work my friend, we need more writers like you. I’ll continue to follow your writings as you do the same for me. Thanks

I wish Ellen degenerous abortion the Rossi all the happiness in the world on April 28, 2013:

I wish Ellen degenerous and Porsha the Rossi all the joy and happiness in the world deserve it I wish them forever

derrick413 from USA, New York State on March 30, 2013:

I’m sure that it must be very difficult for any celebrity to live their lives so publicly, gay or straight. It must be even more challenging to have to live their life as a gay person in the public eye.

These individuals should be judge on their talents and their contribution to their craft, not on their chosen romantic partners.

I applaud their courage to live their lives openly as gay individuals because it must add to the quality of their work as a celebrity.

More often than not (at least from what I’ve seen), a homosexual relationship seems stronger and more sincere and loving than a relationship between heterosexual husband/wife and boyfriend/girlfriend. Because they are of the same sex, they totally understand each other’s body language, needs and sensitivities. I’m not lesbian myself but I have gay and lesbian friends and they are fabulous. Interesting hub, thanks for posting. 🙂

Ricky Martin’s boyfriend is not is Puerto Rican. Ricky Martin obtained Spanish Citizenship, not to marry there, but for his artistic merits and because his great-grandmother was Spanish-born.

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hi My name is Even am lesbian am looking for a partner this is my skyne [Evengne] my facebook [Evengne Dollars] thanks hope to hear from someone

The most beautiful woman that I know is 44 years old and married for 17 years, is also strongly bisexual. Her husband takes it all in stride and accepts her affairs with other women. They are both very happy in their marriage, counter to what some people think that a married woman cannot be gay. This woman has had affairs with mostly young, beautiful women in her area. its supprising just how many bisexuals are around.

As a fellow Puerto Rican I have correct that Ricky Martin’s partner is not Spaniard he is from Puerto Rico too.

Anjo Bacarisas II from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on August 19, 2012:

oh really… very interesting hub, so cool .. they really are very funny and entertaining.

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on June 01, 2012:

I was really surprised when I found out Portia was gay, but it really seems that her and Ellen have a very loving relationship. Good job on your first go of being a celebrity gossip columnist. LOL. 🙂 I have a couple of those. I try not to get obsessed, but every so often celebs perk my interest.

Takako Komori (author) from Yokohama, Japan on December 15, 2011:

You’re right. I just learned from a presentation at a group I belong to that in Oscar Wilde’s days, being a homosexual was a serious crime. Oscar Wilde actually spent some time in jail when his sexuality was exposed. Compared to those days, we have come a long way!

I personally think finding out that you are gay or a lesbian does not mean its the end of the world, i love having friends who are gay or a lesbian they make the best friends.

1. Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz came out as bisexual in a “love letter” to the LGBT+ community, as part of a Billboard feature during Pride Month in June 2018.

He has been married to Christina Carano since 2015.

4. Troye Sivan

Troy Sivan is an openly gay South African-born Australian singer.

He recently dispelled rumours that he and his model boyfriend Jacob Bixenman had broken up with a heartfelt tweet celebrating the couple’s three-year anniversary.

6. Freddie Mercury

While the Queen singer never formally labelled his sexuality, he had same-sex relationships.

In the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, he came out as bisexual to his live-in girlfriend in the early 1970s. The movie showed her responding by saying she thinks he is gay.

8. Mykki Blanco

On Facebook, he explained his preferred pronoun: “I am a Gay man but my Trans journey is who I am. I am not Cis normative or self hating. I use ‘he’ now because I am a he and that still makes me Mykki Blanco.”

12. Anohni

In an interview with Out, the singer said: “I’m an artist, I’m an animist. I’m transgendered. I’m very non-Christian. I’m mammal identified. Part of the mammal world.”

13. George Michael

The openly gay singer was known for his timeless classics.

Charities were still receiving hefty donations from the late musical legend George Michael’s estate nearly two years after his death on Christmas Day in 2016.

15. Brandi Carlile

Lesbian singer Brandi Carlile won three Grammy Awards in February 2019.

She said: “I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school, and I can assure you that I was never invited to any parties. I never got to attend a dance. To be embraced by this enduring and loving community has been the dance of a lifetime. Thank you for being my island.”

17. David Bowie

The queer star had adopted several personas over the years and made comments about his sexual orientation on several occasions.

His persona Ziggy Stardust, created when he released Space Oddity in 1969, was a bisexual alien rock star. The androgynous figure became a gay icon.

19. Michael Stipe

REM singer Michael Stipe says he’s 80 percent gay but “hates” the term bisexual.

He told the Observer: “On a sliding scale of sexuality I’d place myself around 80-20, but I definitely prefer men to women. I had sex with, and enjoyed sex with, women until I met someone that I fell in love with, and who is now my boyfriend.”

29. Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter and activist.

The Oscar and Grammy-award winning rock singer, who came out as gay in 1993, married her partner Linda Wallem in Montecito, California, in 2014.

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Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken, the former 2003 American Idol runner-up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star, confirmed longstanding rumors that he is gay in 2007 after an interview with Diane Sawyer. He’s now the father of a beautiful boy Jaymes Foster.

Lance Bass

Former *NSYNC member and once hopeful astronaut Lance Bass confirmed rumors that he was gay and in a relationship with Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl after the New York Post reported that he and Lehmkuhl were seen at a gay bar.

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus, the son of folk singers, has been called the „master of the contemporary torch song.“ He’s written seven albums and a classical opera set to Shakespeare sonnets. In 1999, he told Rolling Stone that he knew he was gay from very early on.

13 Queer Artists You Might Not Know About

We all know that Troye Sivan is gay and Miley Cyrus is pansexual, but there are a number of lesser known musicians that are openly queer. On this list we’ve included some high-profile queer musicians who have recently come out, like Janelle Monáe, but also some lesser known queer artists that are currently breaking their way into the music industry.

1. Jason Mraz

We wanted to put Jason Mraz first simply because he came out as bisexual earlier this week. He told Billboard in an interview, “I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’” The 41 year-old singer continued, “And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ‘two spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.”

11. Anohni

With the voice of a tortured angel, Anohni doesn’t sing like anyone you’ve ever heard. Her first album with Antony and the Johnsons was released in 2000; since then she’s remained on the music scene with her unique tone and eccentricities. As she said in an interview with Out, “I’m an artist, I’m an animist. I’m transgendered. I’m very non-Christian. I’m mammal identified. Part of the mammal world.”

12. Dev Hynes (Blood Orange)

Called the “most queer-friendly non-queer album of 2013Cupid Deluxe blends a myriad of genres leaving an album that’s both upbeat but simultaneously raw. Despite being on the 2014 cover of Out, Dev Hynes, singer of Blood Orange, neither identifies as straight nor gay and is tired of others dissecting his sexuality.

13. Steve Grand

Out recently profiled Steve, who skyrocketed into the music industry after releasing his heartbreaking video for All-American Boy. In the interview the gay heartthrob discussed his sobriety, using music as therapy, and his newest studio album, Not the End of Me.

1. Cara Delevingne

The Paper Towns actor and model has had high-profile relationships with women.

In July 2017 she said she doesn’t like being “pigeonholed” by people who insist on labelling her gay.

The Suicide Squad star also opened up about her battle with depression,with a view to opening up a dialogue on the subject.

2. Kate McKinnon

The Ghostbusters star was the first out lesbian member of the Saturday Night Live cast. She revealed that she realised she was a lesbian after watching Gillian Anderson as Scully on the X-Files.

“I figured it out by watching The X-Files and by noticing my physiological reaction to it,” she said.

“I thought at first my physiological reaction was a product of David Duchovny’s face but no, it was Gillian Anderson-who still is the queen of my heart. So I knew then.”

50. Tiziano Ferro

Italian pop singer Tiziano Ferro got his start like numerous American Idol finalists these days by participating in a talent show – the Sanremo Music Festival in 1998. While Ferro did not win the competition, he did make it to the 12 finalists, but more importantly he caught the attention of two producers in the audience – Alberto Salerno and Mara Maionch.

Together they worked on Ferro’s debut album Rosso Relativo, released in 2001. Ferro’s song “Universal Prayer” was used at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and he has since gone on to sell over 8 million albums worldwide, in part because Ferro is fluent in Spanish and releases Spanish versions of his Italian albums. Recently Ferro made headlines when he chose to come out to Italian Vanity Fair magazine on October 5, 2010, stating “I want to fall in love with a man.” Ferro is our most recently out gay male artist.

49. Colton Ford

Born Glenn Soukesian, Colton Ford first rose to prominence as a gay adult film star from 2001-2002 with 11 films to date, many of which I’m sure you’ve already seen. Interestingly enough, before Ford’s time in the movie industry, he began his career as a back-up singer for the likes of Salt ‘n Pepa, Chaka Khan, and Vanessa walked away from the adult film industry in 2002 to refocus his career on music, generating a string of club/dance hits including “Everything” and “That’s Me” on which he collaborated with Cazwell. His cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” peaked at No. 9 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart while his debut album Tug of War was released in 2008. In the same year he participated in the True Colors Tour alongside Cyndi Lauper, the Indigo Girls and Joan Jett. Ford appears in the music video for Lauper’s 2008 single “Into the Nightlife.”

Ford’s second album Under the Covers features his versions of tracks from artists like Britney Spears’ “Trouble” and Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat.” So what kind of man is someone like Colton Ford into? He says he likes “a man who can be vulnerable, share his insecurities, be in the moment and be very honest and authentic. That speaks to me more than anything. That’s a really, really hot quality.”

48. Jay Brannan

The Texas born Brannan has been compared to Rufus Wainwright for his openness as a gay artist, and has been compared to Ani DiFranco and Joni Mitchell for his craftiness with songwriting, possessing the qualities of an “angry, sad woman.”

In 2002, after just one semester of college in Ohio, Brannan set out for New York City hoping to break into the entertainment industry. He quickly landed a role in the film Shortbus and got the chance to add his own song “Soda Shop” to the movie’s Soundtrack. Brannan’s music career soon took off as he utilized Myspace, YouTube and Blogspot to routinely upload self-made music videos. He soon developed a loyal fan base and in 2008, Brannan released his debut album Goddamned and followed up with an album of cover songs In Living Color in 2009.

47. Ferras

Jordanian-American Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Ferras grew up in a small town in Illinois where he never felt like he really fit in. After his parents divorced, his father kidnapped him and brought him to Jordan, where he began playing a Casio keyboard and began writing his own ’ first album, Aliens and Rainbows featured the song “Hollywood’s Not America,” which was used as the exit song for season Seven of American Idol.

He has since co-written several songs for artists including Adam Lambert and The Veronicas, and is currently working on his next album which he hopes to release in 2011. (It is currently in post-production.)

With his smooth, sweet voice and his incredible songwriting ability, Ferras is certainly a talent to watch. And what does openly gay Ferras look for in a mate? “A sense of humor. And a great ass”.

46. Cazwell

Massachusetts-born Luke Caswell, aka Cazwell, has been praised at the gay man’s Eminem and is a personal favorite of Sir Elton John. Best known for his gay and bisexual-themed lyrics, as well as his sexual videos which often feature cameos by New York-based transsexual icon Amanda Lepore, Cazwell’s influences range from the Notorious B.I.G. to The Beastie Boys.

His debut album, Get Into It, was released in 2006 and the music video for the lead single “All Over Your Face” turned out to be too controversial to be aired on Logo due to the explicit lyrics and sexual themes. During 2007 Cazwell toured alongside Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, the Indigo Girls and other special guests on the True Colors Tour.

The video for Cazwell’s comical single “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” went viral in 2008 and in 2010 Cazwell released the video for “Ice Cream Truck”, which the Advocate called “the summer’s raunchiest music video.” Featuring a pack of half-naked chiseled go go boys, it’s no surprise the video gained over one million views in its first week. It seems Cazwell certainly knows what gay men like.

45. Owen Pallett

If you’re a fan of Andrew Bird, Beirut, or Arcade Fire, then you’re likely familiar with Canadian composer, violinist, keyboardist and vocalist Owen Pallett. Pallett co-wrote the strings arrangements for Arcade Fire’s albums Funeral, Neon Bible and The Suburbs. He began his music career under the alias “Final Fantasy,” a name he created due to his affinity for the Japanese videogame series of the same title.

Pallet’s penchant for humorous album titles resulted in the unforgettable name of his second album, He Poos Clouds, which went on to win Canada’s Polaris Music Prize in 2006. It was at this time that Pallett’s career began to really take off, and he hired his boyfriend Patrick Borjal as his manager and they formed the aptly titled company Boyfriend Management. In 2009, Pallett retired the use of his band name Final Fantasy and released his critically acclaimed album Heartland.

43. Sliimy

Yanis Sahraoul, aka Sliimy, is of Moroccan-Algerian descent and a native of France. The former teenage choirboy with an undying devotion to Lily Allen and an uncanny resemblance to Prince, released his debut album Paint Your Face in 2009. The album quickly climbed to No. 2 on the France Album charts, but it was his cover of Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” that brought him American attention. (Katy Perry and Lady Gaga both tweeted his video).

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton signed him as the debut artist for Hilton’s Perezcious Music label. Just three days before the release of his album, Sliimy boldly announced that he is gay. “I don’t have any problem saying that I’m gay. I embrace it and don’t want to hide it.”

42. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields)

Boston-born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt is best known as the lead singer of the synthpop, folk group The Magnetic Fields. Known for his untrained and distinct baritone voice, Merritt has been dubbed “the most miserable man in rock” due to his bitter, ironic, and often humorous take on love. Known in music circles as a “gay synth-pop” group, The Magnetic Fields consist of one gay male artist (Merritt), one lesbian (Claudia Gonson), one straight female (Susan Amway, who is no longer with the group), and two straight males (Sam Davol and John Woo).

Their best-known work is their three-volume concept album 69 Love Songs, voted album of the year by the Village Voice. They are also known for their wide range of instrumentation including the accordion, banjo, cello, flute, mandolin, ukulele, and xylophone. Merrit’s lyrics often deal with his sexuality as evidenced by his track “When My Boy Walks Down the Street” featuring the lyrics “Amazing, he’s a whole new form of life, blue eyes blazing, and he’s going to be my wife.”

41. Justin Tranter (Semi Precious Weapons)

Justin Tranter is most famous for his role as the lead singer of the New York-based glam rock band Semi Precious Weapons. Raised in Lake Zurich, Illinois, Tranter studied at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a degree in songwriting. In 2006, Tranter, along with fellow Berklee graduates, Stevy Pyne, Cole Whittle and Dean Crean, formed Semi Precious Weapons. Tranter also developed a jewelry line called “Fetty” that is sold at Barneys, Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic.

Funded by the sales of his jewelry line, Tranter recorded and released the first SPW album We Love You in 2008 with the standout single “Magnetic Baby” and the group was signed to Interscope Records the next year. Tranter is a close friend to Lady Gaga, and SPW made a cameo in her “Telephone” music video and has been a recurring opening act on her Monster Ball Tour. Openly gay, Tranter came out at 14 and famously stated in an interview with : “if they aren’t going to give me and the rest of the homos equal rights then I don’t want to pay equal taxes”.

40. Ray Boltz

Born in Muncie, Indiana, Ray Boltz is an award-winning contemporary Christian singer/songwriter. Boltz’s career in Christian music took off when his song “Thank You” received the Song of the Year award at the 1990 GMA Dove Awards and he has since gone on to sell over 4.5 million records. Boltz was married to his wife Carol for over 30 years before coming out in 2008 in the September issue of The Washington Blade. In the interview, Boltz stated: “If this is the way God made me, then this is the way I’m going to live. It’s not like God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be — I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself.”

Since then he has continued to perform at several churches from the gay-affirming Christian denomination Metropolitan Community Church. In 2010, he released the album True with the songs “Don’t Tell Me Who to Love,” dealing with same-sex marriage, and “Who Would Jesus Love,” a song about reconciling his sexuality and his faith.

39. Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry gained recognition as the winner of the sixth season of UK’s The X Factor in 2009. McElderry first auditioned for The X Factor in 2007 but opted to walk away from the competition because he felt he was too young compared to the other contestants. In 2009, he again decided to audition for the show and wound up winning with his cover of Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb.” His cover of Cyrus’s song went on to reach No. 1 on both the UK and Ireland’s single charts.

McElderry’s prize as winner of The X Factor was a recording contract with Simon Cowell’s Syco record label worth an estimated £1 million. McElderry was also featured on the charity singles of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” for the 2010 Haitian Earthquake and in July 2010, McElderry posted on his official website that he is gay and gave an interview to the UK’s Daily Mail in which he declared “I’m really happy, I now know who I am…. I’ve had time to think about things. I wasn’t attracted to anyone anyway, male or female. It never really entered my head I was gay. But I just know. It’s how I feel.”The release party for his debut album Wide Awake was held at London’s famous club G-A-Y on October 23, 2010 and the track “Someone Wake Me Up” is featured on the soundtrack for Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

36. Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear)

Edward Droste is one of the original members of the Brooklyn based indie-rock quartet Grizzly Bear. The group began as a solo effort on Droste’s part in 2004. Droste accredits the band’s name to a nickname he had for one of his past boyfriends. By 2005 Droste had expanded Grizzly Bear to a four-member group making experimental psychedelic folk-pop music comparable to that of Animal Collective and Fleet Foxes. In 2008 Grizzly Bear opened for Radiohead and soon after released their most critically acclaimed album to date Veckatimest, named after a small, uninhabited island in Cape Cod. Their fan base consists of Jay-Z and Beyonce, who were recently spotted at one of their 2009 shows. Veckatimist ranked on numerous lists as one of the best albums of 2009 (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time Magazine) and climbed the charts to sit between Lady Gaga’s The Fame and Taylor Swift’s Fearless. With all of this success, what does someone like Droste enjoy doing in his spare time? Spending time at home with his interior designer boyfriend Chad McPhail and their dog, Beast.

35. Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend)

Rostam Batmanglij is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and sole gay member of the New York City-based indie rock group Vampire Weekend. Batmanglij is also the co-founder of electronic funk project Discovery with Ra Ra Riot vocalist Wes Miles. Batmanglij’s family moved from Iran to America just before the Iranian Revolution in 1979. His mother Najmieah is a famous Persian cookbook author and his father is a publisher. While attending Columbia University, Batmanglij met his fellow Vampire Weekend members. Their debut self-titled album produced the singles “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” “Mansard Roof,” “A-Punk,” and “Oxford Comma.” “A-Punk” was ranked #4 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of Best Songs of 2008. The group quickly went from playing at coffee shops and bars around Columbia University to appearing on David Letterman and Saturday Night Live and sharing management with the White Stripes and M.I.A.. Fellow Vampire Weekend band mate Ezra Koenig accredits Batmanglij as the key lyricist for half of the band’s songs. As an openly gay man, Batmanglij says he’s excited to incorporate gay themes in future songs, starting with Discovery’s “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.”

34. Sam Sparro

Australian born singer/songwriter and music producer, Sam Sparro (born Sam Falson) was destined to be in the music business from the start. When Sparro was only 10, his father, Chris Falson, signed a record deal to create a soul album and moved his entire family from Sydney to Los Angeles. While in L.A. Sparro got a start as a child actor and was featured in McDonald’s commercials. Sparro also lent his vocals to his father’s albums and was a common back-up singer at his dad’s shows. Sparro released his debut single “Cottonmouth” in 2007, but it was his follow-up single “Black and Gold” that peaked the charts and created numerous covers from the likes of Wale, Ellie Goulding, Adele, and more. Producers Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) and Paul Epworth (Florence + the Machine, Bloc Party) worked with Sparro on his self-titled debut album, which reached the top 5 on the UK Album Charts. Openly gay, Sparro has been dubbed a “gay superhero.” He chose to come out at the start of his career so that, in Sparro’s words, “gay teenagers don’t have to get the shit kicked out of them in school and think that they’re a horrible person. It’s easier to be an ’out’ pop star today. Morrissey never came out, and Neil Tennant left it very, very late, whereas Jake Shears was open from the start.” Sparro is currently working on his sophomore album to be released in 2011.

33. Mika

British singer-songwriter, Mika released his first full-length studio album Life in Cartoon Motion in 2007, which went on to sell over 5.6 million copies worldwide and garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording for his hit “Love Today.” His single “Grace Kelly” reached number one in the UK and earned him the prestigious BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Artist. Two years later Mika’s second album The Boy Who Knew Too Much was released producing the singles “We Are Golden” and “Blame it On the Girls.” In regards to Mika’s sexuality, he has openly stated to Gay & Night magazine “I’ve never ever labeled myself. But having said that; I’ve never limited my life, I’ve never limited who I sleep with… Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me.”

32. Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner)

Born in Athens, GA Casey Spooner is one half of the electro pop duo Fischerspooner. Aside from leading on vocals, Spooner is a videographer and theater performance artist who met Warren Fischer while attending the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. Together the two have released three studio albums as Fischerspooner including the successful singles “The Best Revenge” and “Just Let Go.” In January 2010 Spooner released his first solo single “Faye Dunaway” off his album Adult Contemporary. He currently is touring as the opening act for Scissor Sisters’s North American tour. Openly gay, Spooner’s first romantic relationship was with R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe while Spooner was attending the University of Georgia. Spooner relishes in the idea of being a positive role model for the gay community, stating: “If I can be an inspiration to people who are choosing to go down a challenging, nontraditional path–sexually, creatively, however–that is just great.”

31. Bob Mould

Former front man for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar, Bob Mould is an American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from New York. While living in Minneapolis in the late 1970’s Mould formed the punk rock group Hüsker Dü, a band that went on to become a key influencer of the 90’s punk rock wave. In the late 1980’s Hüsker Dü broke up and Mould went on to write his first solo album. Surprisingly Mould took a detour from the loud punk-rock guitar sound he was known for and created a sound more similar to that of the Counting Crows or Gin Blossoms. In the mid-1990’s Mould formed the college/alternative radio favorite band Sugar that released two EPs before breaking up. Mould presently tours as a solo artist and much of his writing material stems from his experience spending years as a closeted gay man in the rock music scene and the turbulent relationships of his past. In 2006 he contributed the song “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” to the album Wed-Rock, an album to promote the legalization of same-sex marriage.

30. Jonsi (Sigur Rós)

Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós. Known for his falsetto voice and made up language “Hopelandic,” Jonsi has created some of the most beautiful experimental indie-rock music since Radiohead. In 1995 Jonsi started the band Bee Spiders, which was likened to The Smashing Pumpkins. By 1997 Jónsi had formed Sigur Rós and released their debut album Von. Sigur Rós has since released four additional studio albums, their most successful English crossover album being Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (meaning “With a Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly”). In 2010 the group announced an “indefinite hiatus” and Jónsi went on to release his first solo album Go. His boyfriend Alex Somers has done much of the graphic design for Sigur Rós over the years. The two also perform together in the group Jónsi & Alex and released an album: Riceboy Sleeps.

29. Chuck Panozzo (Styx)

As the bassist and co-founder (with his late brother and twin, John) of the rock band Styx, Chuck Panozzo has given much to the world of music. From the 70’s to the early 80’s, Styx produced such hits as “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Angry Young Man” and “Renegade.” They have been together on and off since the early 80’s, with Panozzo participating as much as he was able. He was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1991, doctors telling him they did not know how to help him. In 1998 he committed himself to getting well and has been on an aggressive regimen ever since. As he says on his website, “I wanted to out myself in a meaningful and positive way.” He chose to announce to the world that he is gay at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in 2001. Panozzo is a strong supporter of the HRC and is involved with HIV/AIDS awareness activities. As he says, “I want to be sure laws are made and protected for all. There will be no second-class citizens in this society.”

28. Tonex

Anthony Charles William III, better known by his stage name Tonex, is a Grammy Nominated Gospel Singer who has released an impressive 24 albums over the span of his 14-year career. Influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Michael Jackson, Tonex recorded his first album at the mere age of 10. Tonex’s unique style and sound, which he calls “nureau” – a combination of pop, rock, r&b, jazz, soul, urban dance, rap, funk and hip hop- gained him considerable attention among young gospel music fanatics. Tonex’s debut concert performance at the 14th Annual Stellar Awards, a gospel music showcase, was likened to that of Michael Jackson’s performance of the moonwalk. Tonex’s most successful album to date is the Grammy nominated 2004 release Out the Box in which he collaborated with Kirk Franklin and Prince’s percussionist Sheila E. Tonex divorced his wife of 5 years, Yvette Williams, in 2004 and in 2009, on a popular Christian television show “The Lexi Show,” Tonex announced that he is gay. He soon saw backlash within the African American and church community and requests for him to perform suddenly stopped. That didn’t slow him down though. As a pastor, Tonex presently travels spreading a message of acceptance in the church and has been a huge inspiration for many gay African American Christians.

26. Clay Aiken

American singer/songwriter, actor, producer and author Clay Aiken rose to fame on the second season of American Idol in 2003 as runner-up to Ruben Studdard. RCA Records offered him a recording contract and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. Since then Aiken has released four more albums on the RCA label and launched nine tours, authored a New York Times best-selling book Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life, created the National Inclusion Project for children with disabilities, became a UNICEF ambassador in 2004, and was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Aiken made his Broadway debut playing Sir Robin on Monty Python’s Spamalot. On August 8th 2008 Aiken announced the birth of his son Parker Foster Aiken, to mother James Foster, sister of Aiken’s record producer David Foster. In a September 2008 issue of People magazine, after years of speculation, Aiken revealed he is gay. Since then Aiken has participated in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS campaign, spoken at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in North Carolina, and participated in Cyndi Lauper’s “Give a Damn Campaign.”

25. Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)

British musician Kele Okereke is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for the alt rock band Bloc Party. In 2005 Bloc Party released their first studio album Silent Alarm with the singles “Pioneer” “Banquet” and “Helicopter.” Produced by Paul Epworth (Florence + the Machine, Cee-Lo Green, Kate Nash), Silent Alarm reached No. 3 in the UK charts and rocketed the band to fame. Their follow-up album A Weekend in the City went on to reach the No. 2 spot in the Official UK Chart, and the first single “The Prayer” reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart, the group’s highest placing to date. In 2010 Okereke released his first solo album Boxer produced by XXXchange with the lead track titled “Tenderoni.” While gearing up for his solo debut, Okereke finally came out in a March 2010 interview with Butt Magazine, a subject he a had long avoided, stating: “My parents are super-Catholic and they come from a culture in Nigeria where there weren’t any visible gay people who were out and were happy. I left home when I was 20. My parents threw me out [for being gay]. Which I knew they would. We didn’t speak for like a week. … My parents are getting older and I didn’t like the idea that they could possibly die without knowing something that is a big part of my life. It’s not easy. … We’ve been talking about it.”

24. Darren Hayes (Savage Garden)

UK-based Australian singer-songwriter, Darren Hayes was the lead singer and media front man for pop duo Savage Garden, whose 1997 album Savage Garden was No. 3 in the United States and produced the hits “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and “I Want You.” Savage Garden stayed together for only two albums and released the US No. 1 hit “I Knew I Loved You” before Hayes went out on his own, changing his sound from soft pop-rock to a more electronic darker sound. He has three solo albums under his belt and another can be expected in 2011, produced by Lady Gaga’s mixer Robert Orton. Including his work with Savage Garden, Hayes has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Although Hayes was married for six years to his childhood sweetheart, makeup artist Colby Taylor, they divorced in 2000 and he began coming out to his friends and his label in the early 2000’s. In 2006, he married his boyfriend of two years, Richard Cullen, in a civil ceremony in London.

21. Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood were a British dance-pop band popular in the mid 1980’s most notable for their debut single “Relax (Take It Easy)” which spent five consecutive weeks at the top of the UK singles chart and became the 7th best selling UK single of all time. Their follow-up hits “Two Tribes” and “The Power of Love” also climbed the UK charts to No. 1, making FGTH the second act in UK history to have their first three singles reach No. 1. Holly Johnson led on vocals and was at one time rumored to be dating back up vocalist Paul Rutherford. After splitting from FGTH, Johnson went on to pursue a solo career and released his platinum selling number one album Blast that spawned four hit singles. In 1991 Johnson learned he was HIV-positive and in 1994 released his critically acclaimed autobiography, a Bone in My Flute. He is currently working on new material.

20. Rob Halford (Judas Preist)

Who says a gay man can’t wear leather and scream heavy metal vocals? Obviously someone who has never heard of Rob Halford. Whether as the lead singer of Grammy-award winning rock band Judas Priest, or his own band, Halford, his four-octave range and the strength of his voice gave rise to his moniker “Metal God.” Considered one of the most consistently powerful singers in rock, Halford has given us such hits as “Heading Out to the Highway” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.” As he struts across the stage, bald head gleaming and tattoos stark against his skin, he owns every minute and every fan that watches. Although he’s been a part of the music scene since the 70’s, he didn’t come out until 1998 in an MTV interview, in which he said, “I think that most people know that I’ve been a gay man all of my life, and it’s only been in recent times it’s an issue I feel comfortable to address… and this is the moment to discuss it.”

19. Mark Feehily (Westlife)

As a member of Irish pop group Westlife, Mark Feehily is distinguished for his rich, soulful voice, which can be heard on every song. He shares the role of lead vocalist alongside Shane Filan. Westlife is the only group in British or Irish history to have their first seven singles go straight to No. 1, and they have sold over 44 million records worldwide. Originally signed by Simon Cowell in 1998, Westlife are the 2nd biggest selling artist in the UK (behind Robbie Williams) and “biggest selling band of the decade” (beating Coldplay) with 11 million album sales from 2000-2010. In 2005 Feehily came out to the British tabloid The Sun, announcing he had been in a long-term relationship with Kevin McDaid, a member of the British boy band V. In the interview, Feehily said, “My life has got umpteen times better… I feel so much happier and at ease. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.” Feehily and McDaid have been dating since 2005 and on January 28, 2010 the two got engaged. Feehily told the Sydney Morning Herald: “Through the years of getting to the point where I wanted to come out, I had to go through every kind of emotion, but I can honestly say that the day before I came out, I didn’t care what the reaction was going to be. That was the hardest point to get to.”

18. Stephen Gately (Boyzone)

In 1993 Irish native Stephen Gately joined the boy band Boyzone as one of two lead vocalists. Boyzone went on to produce four studio albums, all of which hit No. 1 in the United Kingdom. With Boyzone, Gately had a record-breaking 16 consecutive singles enter the UK’s Top Five Singles Chart. In a 1999 interview with The Sun magazineGately became the first boyband member ever to publicly come out. In 2000, after the band’s initial breakup, Gately released a solo album, which produced three UK hit singles including “New Beginning.” In 2003, while vacationing in Las Vegas, Gately wed longtime boyfriend Andrew Cowles. When they returned to the UK the two legalized their relationship with a civil partnership held in London. In 2008 Boyzone regrouped. In their final music video Gately played the role of a gay couple, another first for a boyband. Tragically on October 10, 2009 in Majorca, Spain, at an apartment he owned with his partner Cowles, Gately was discovered dead due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

17. Rufus Wainwright

Canadian-American singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright was born into an extremely talented family. His parents are folk singer Kate McGarrigle and actor Loudon Wainwright III and his sister is the folk-rock singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright. At an early age Rufus developed a love for opera and a proclivity for songwriting. He learned to play both the piano and guitar and developed his own musical style called “popera” or “baroque pop.” In 1998 Wainwright released his first studio album, Rufus Wainwright, which received critical acclaim. Rolling Stone magazine recognized it as one of the best albums of the year and named the singer the “Best New Artist” of 1998. His follow up 2001 release Poses earned Wainwright his second GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Album and a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. In June 2007, Wainwright participated in the LOGO sponsored, multi-artist True Colors Tour, alongside Cyndi Lauper, the Indigo Girls, Erasure and others. In 2007, Wainwright performed at Carnegie Hall the entire Judy Garland concert Garland famously performed there in 1961. The album for the concert, aptly titled Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Wainwright is one of the first artists to begin his career openly gay. He came out to his family as a teenager, who he says did not take so well to the news initially, “mother and father could not handle me being gay. We never talked about it really.” In January 2010 Wainwright’s mother sadly lost her battle to cancer. In April 2010, Wainwright publicly voiced his opinion in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States due to his desire to marry his partner of five years, German arts administrator Jörn Weisbrodt.

15. Will Young

Before the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, or Adam Lambert took off, there was Will Young. In February 2002, Young rose to fame as the winner of the British television talent contest Pop Idol, making him the first winner ever of the now worldwide Idol franchise. Young’s first post-Idol single was a cover of Westlife’s “Evergreen,” which went on to become one of the fastest selling singles in UK history and one of the biggest selling singles of the 2000s, with over 1.8 million copies sold. In March 2002, right at the beginning of Young’s career, he publicly came out to News of the World stating, “I feel it’s time to tell my fans I’m gay… For me it’s normal and nothing to be ashamed about. I’m gay and I’m comfortable with that. I really don’t know what the fuss is about.” Young became one of the first pop artists to begin his career out of the closet, and his openness about his sexuality proved not to cause any ripples whatsoever. In 2003, Young won his first BRIT award as Best Breakthrough Artist for the release of his debut album From Now On. Young’s second album Friday’s Child produced the hit “Your Game” which earned him his second BRIT Award in 2005. Young has since established himself as far more than another reality television show winner, selling over eight million records from his four multi-platinum studio albums, with four Number One singles, and twice voted as the U.K.’s favorite artist of all time.

14. The Men of Scissor Sisters (Jake Shears, Babydaddy & Del Marquis)

In 2000, Jake Shears met Scott “Babydaddy” Hoffman while Shears was visiting a mutual friend in Kentucky. The two hit it off and soon moved to New York City where the openly gay duo became the first members of the American glam-rock band Scissor Sisters. At the time, the band performed at underground clubs in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, with a combination of Babydaddy’s musical composition and Shears’ vocals. Shears met Derek “Del Marquis” Gruen while the two worked at the IC Guys Club, where Shears was stripping. Del Marquis joined the group as lead guitarist. The band first garnered attention with the release of their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”, which reached No. 10 on the UK singles charts. Their debut album Scissor Sisters became the best selling album of 2004 in the UK. On their second studio album Tah Dah, one of the band’s dreams was fulfilled – Sir Elton John collaborated as pianist and co-writer for their hit “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” which reached No. 1 on the UK, Australian and European Charts, and became the band’s biggest hit to date. In June 2010, Scissor Sisters released their third and latest album Night Work which took a shift towards a more club-oriented sound. In 2004, Shears, Babydaddy, and Del Marquis were honored on OUT Magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Intriguing Gay People of the Year. Shears and Babydaddy co-wrote and produced Kylie Minogue’s popular hit “I Believe In You.” While Shears has garnered the most amount of attention in the band with a string of gay magazine covers including OUT, The Advocate, Attitude, Butt, and Têtu, it is Babydaddy who has inadvertently become a sex symbol with bear admirers. He acknowledged this status stating, “Jake gets a lot of attention just by virtue of being the lead singer, but when boys want a little beef, they come to me.”

13. Lance Bass

As the bass singer for ‘N Sync, Lance Bass was a part of the boy band craze of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. For five years, Bass and ‘N Sync rode the wave with hits like “I Want You Back,” “Bye Bye Bye” and “No Strings Attached” until 2002 when they announced a “hiatus” while fellow ‘N Sync members Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez went out to work on solo careers. Although ‘N Sync has never reunited, Bass has worked as an actor in films such as I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Zoolander, and has appeared on television such as Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars. Bass came out publicly on the cover of People magazine in July 2006 after months of speculation from celebrity blog sites posting items about Bass’s orientation since September 2005. Bass stated to People “The thing is, I’m not ashamed – that’s the one thing I want to say. I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not devastated going through this. I’m more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I’m just happy.” The Human Rights Campaign awarded Bass with the Visibility Award in Oct 2006 stating “Bass is the biggest music star since Melissa Etheridge to come out.” Bass has been active in the LGBT community ever since, supporting marriage equality and tolerance, fundraising for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education network, and publishing his autobiography Out of Sync.

12. Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat)

Popular British synthpop trio, Bronski Beat, achieved widespread success in the mid 1980s for their hit “Smalltown Boy,” which told the tale of a boy whose family cast him away for being gay. “Smalltown Boy” peaked at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart and the music video for the song showed lead singer Jimmy Somerville eagerly trying to make friends in a swimming pool, then being attacked by an anti-gay gang, being brought home to his family by the police and ultimately getting kicked out of his home for being gay. Including Somerville, the other members of Bronski Beat, Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbachaek, were all openly gay, and their songs often reflected this, containing political commentary about gay issues. Although many other groups at this time had an openly gay member, Bronski Beat was one of the first to address the real issues and struggles of the gay community. Somerville left Bronski Beat in 1985 and went on to have success as the lead singer of The Communards and also as a solo artist. The group did a reunion concert in 1987 for International AIDS Day. In 1999, Somerville performed alongside Boy George, George Michael and Elton John at the Stonewall “Equality Show” in London. Somerville’s honesty as an openly gay singer and performer never hurt his album sales, and he helped pave the way for many artists.

10. Adam Lambert

Gifted with a multi-octave range, classical good looks and a penchant for eyeliner and nail polish, Adam Lambert burst into the public’s eye on Season Eight of American Idol. Although he worked in several theater productions, including Wicked and The Ten Commandments, was a front man for the band The Citizen Vein and performed at the Upright Cabaret and the Zodiac Show, he didn’t actually acquire a fan-base until he competed on the popular reality competition. Early on during his time on American Idol, pictures of him and his ex-boyfriend kissing were released on the Internet. Lambert neither confirmed nor denied his sexuality, choosing instead to simply declare, “I have nothing to hide….I am who I am.” After finishing as the runner-up on Idol, Adam stated publicly to Rolling Stone magazine that, “it should come as no surprise that I am gay.” He is the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch his career on a major label. His album, “For Your Entertainment” debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 3, and hits such as “Whataya Want From Me” and “If I Had You” have been in the Top 20 in the USA and No. 1 in countries around the world. After an almost completely sold-out headlining tour of the United States, he invaded Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, The Philippines and many other international cities before heading to Europe. Expect a follow-up album in 2011 and another world tour. Lambert’s star has just started to rise.

8. The Men of The B-52s (Ricky Wilson, Fred Schneider & Keith Strickland)

Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland, all openly gay, along with Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, make up the American New Wave band The B-52s, known for their positive and enthusiastic, slightly wacky, take on the dance and surf music genre popular in the late ‘70s. They crafted their own “guys vs gals” call and response style and along with their thrift-store chic became famous everywhere for hits like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack.” The group formed in 1977 when vocalist Cindy and her brother, guitarist, Ricky Wilson performed an impromptu jam session with keyboard and vocalist Pierson, drummer Strickland and cowbell player and vocalist Schneider at a Chinese restaurant. They chose their name from a beehive hairdo that resembled the nose of an airplane with the same name. Their first single “Rock Lobster” was an underground success and soon got them signed to Warner Bros. During the late ‘70s and early ‘80s they churned out a string of hits like “Planet Claire” and “Private Idaho.” While recording their third album in 1985, guitarist Ricky Wilson, who had been keeping his illness a secret from his band members, died from AIDS/HIV-related health complications at the age of 32, prompting a hiatus from their musical career. When the band regrouped, Strickland decided to switch from drums to guitar to keep Wilson’s trademark sound alive. In 1989 they released their most successful album to date, Cosmic Thing. The single “Love Shack” became their first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, ultimately reaching No. 3 in November 1989. Their follow-up single “Roam” reached the same number in March 1990. That year they won The MTV Music Award for Best Group Video and Best Art Direction. As for their sexualities, Schnieder recalls coming out to his mother at an early age, she responded “Oh I know, Freddie” and continued vacuuming. In October 2010, Schnieder released a Christmas album Destination… Christmas! with his side project The Superions. Strickland came out in a 1992 interview of Q Magazine, stating, “It was great. Nothing changed, but I felt it was important to just say it.” Strickland and his partner Mark presently share a home in Key West.