"I never wanted to be the lesbian actress," De Generes told Time magazine."I never wanted to be the spokesperson for the gay community. I did it for my own truth." De Generes' wife, Portia de Rossi, also kept her sexuality a secret for many years.'NSync singer Lance Bass appeared on the cover of People in August 2006 with the headline "I'm Gay." "I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything," Bass told the magazine in explaining why he didn't come out sooner.
Raven-Symone was in a relationship with a woman at the time, but the actress told Oprah Winfrey in 2014 that she doesn't want to be labeled as gay.
"I want to be labeled as a human who loves humans," she said.
Actor Zachary Quinto said he was inspired to acknowledge his homosexuality in October 2011 after a 14-year-old, who was apparently being harassed over his sexuality, killed himself.
"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."Pop singer Ricky Martin declared publicly in March 2010 what he avoided discussing for years.
"There's nothing wrong with going to bed with somebody of your own sex," he said. Stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes announced her sexual orientation -- and her marriage -- in 2008 at a rally for gay marriage. Nixon discussed her relationship with New York Magazine in 2006, saying, "I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me around that woke up or that came out of the closet; there wasn't a struggle; there wasn't an attempt to suppress.
"You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation," Sykes said. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life. I met this woman, I fell in love with her, and I'm a public figure."Once known best as the TV character he played during childhood, Doogie Howser, Neil Patrick Harris has continued his successful acting career as an adult.
It was also the first public acknowledgment of her partner, Amber Laign.
"I am grateful for my entire family, my longtime girlfriend Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together," Roberts wrote. And being gay doesn't mean that you are less than anybody else.
Smollett confirmed that he is gay during a chat with Ellen De Generes.
Earlier, his co-star Malik Yoba had been quoted saying that "I know Jussie; he is gay, and he's very committed to issues around the LGBT community." Yoba later said he had been misquoted.
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