Sexuality is a complex and challenging thing to predict these days. In the past, most people probably thought they could spot a gay celebrity rather easily. However, the range of stars who are gay has broadened to the point where it’s hard to predict who is gay and who is not. Here are 23 gay personalities that will make your jaw drop.
1. Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller is the hunky star of Prison Break who probably broke a lot of womens‘ hearts when he came out in 2013. His delay in public recognition of his sexuality was due to the way his “tough guy” public image forced him to stay closeted professionally.
2. Alan Cumming
This quirky British star has long been an advocate for LGBT rights. And while he defines himself as bisexual, he is currently married to a man and has stated that he is delighted and excited about his lifestyle.
3. Jillian Michaels
Celebrity trainer Michaels turned a lot of heads on the “Biggest Loser” due to her no-nonsense training personality and her ability to help people lose weight and keep it off. She came out in 2010 and is currently raising two children with her partner Heidi Rhoades.
4. Tuc Watkins
Soap star and “Desperate Housewives” leading man decided to come out in 2013 after adopting a pair of beautiful children, Catchen and Curtis. He realized that staying closeted set a bad example to them because it communicated that he was ashamed of who he was as a person.
5. Jodie Foster
This award-winning actress has never made her sexuality much of a secret to friends, family members, and co-workers. However, she officially came out to the general public at the 2013 Golden Globes. Foster is currently married to Alexandra Hedison.
6. Meredith Baxter
Hollywood was shocked in 2011 when Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter came out. She had suffered through three marriages to men before realizing she had been a lesbian her whole life.
7. Heather Matarazzo
In 2004, Matarazzo came out after making a big name for herself in the “Princess Diaries.” She has had several lengthy relationships with women before and after this period.
8. Cheyenne Jackson
American Horror Story fans may not realize that their favorite star has been openly gay for most of his life. He is currently married to Jason Landau and has two children.
9. Cynthia Nixon
While former “Sex and the City” star Nixon believes she is technically bisexual, she has chosen to live a gay lifestyle after marrying longtime partner Christine Marinoni.
10. Andy Cohen
Fans of this talk show host may not have realized he has been openly gay for much of his life. While Cohen has stated he finds women attractive, he strongly prefers romantic relationships with men.
11. Jim Parsons
Parsons was the breakout star of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and officially came out in a 2012 interview for the New York Times.
12. Tim Cook
When Tim Cook came out in 2014, he became one of the first significant CEOs to open up in this way. While he never denied being gay in the past, his opening up was a big moment for this technological innovator.
13. George Takei
After making a name for himself as Sulu in Star Trek, George Takei spent much of his career keeping his sexuality close to his chest. After coming out in 2005, he married his longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008.
14. Rosie O’Donnell
Though O’Donnell had never denied being a lesbian for most of her life, she finally came out in 2002. She currently works as an advocate for gay adoption rights and has adopted five children of her own.
15. Michael Stipe
Singer Michael Stipe was hounded by rumors about his sexuality for decades until he came out in 2011. He claims that, while he has had relationships with women in the past, he chooses to identify as gay. Stipe is currently in a long-term relationship with a man.
For most of her career as a child actress, Raven-Symone kept her sexuality under wraps. It was “nobody’s business” was her claim. However, she stated in 2013 that she was in a long-term relationship with a woman and called herself a lesbian in 2016.
17. Portia de Rossi
After making her name in Arrested Development, de Rossi made headlines when she came out as a lesbian in 2005. By this point, she had been dating Ellen DeGeneres for a year. The two were married in 2008. De Rossi has claimed that those who are openly gay and visible are a powerful voice for those who remain closeted.
18. Andrew Rannells
Fans of Broadway have probably seen Rannells skilled acting and singing in multiple shows. While he has been openly gay since he was 18 and is currently in a relationship with Mike Doyle, he does not broadcast his sexuality.
19. Wanda Sykes
Fans of this outrageous comedian were shocked when she came out as both gay and married on the same day. She is currently married to Alex Niedbalski and is raising two children with her wife.
20. Adam Lambert
Singer Adam Lambert found himself in an odd position in 2009 when he publicly came out as gay. He claimed he was never closeted, but his sudden rise to fame compelled him to let his fans know about his sexuality.
21. Kate McKinnon
The hilarious McKinnon is the first openly gay female member on Saturday Night Live. Her sexuality was formed by her reaction to Gillian Anderson in the earliest seasons of “The X-Files.”
22. Kristen Stewart
Fans of “Twilight” weren’t too surprised when Kristen Stewart came out in 2015. Her outing was due to a strange Twitter war that started when now-president Donald Trump directly tweeted her insults and compared her to a dog.
23. Daniel Newman
In 2017, Newman came out as gay after a lifetime of hiding his sexuality. His big moment came when he was volunteering at a homeless shelter, and a girl thanked him for aiding the LGBT community in spite of being straight.