30 Celebs Who Shocked Us When They Came Out As Gay

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Celebs You Didn't Know Were Gay

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Hollywood has many well known celebrities who are openly gay and proud celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres and Elton John, but some celebrities prefer to stay off the grid, at least at some point before coming out in the public eye. Here

Jason Collins

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Jason Collins

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Former NBA player who was the first professional athlete to truly come out and say he was gay while still playing.

Jonathan Knight

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Jonathan Knight

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Jonathan was a member of the boy band group New Kids on the Block.

Victor Garber

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Victor Garber

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Victor confirmed to media sites that he was gay in January 2013. He thought everyone knew he was gay, but literally no one did.

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This UK rapper's fans questioned her sexuality for years, but then she came out in 2010 via 'Diva Magazine.'

Matt Bomer

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Matt Bomer

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Star of the TV show 'White Collar,' Matt got turned down to be the lead character of the latest Superman movie because he was gay.

Annie Leibovitz

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Annie Leibovitz

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She's a top American portrait photographer.

Tim Cook

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Tim Cook

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Inspirational and influential, the Apple CEO told the world that he was gay in 2014.

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

She was known for dating Johnny Depp, but most people didn't know she dated a woman before that.

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

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This popular had roles in 'Star Trek' and the TV show 'Heroes.'

Raven Symone

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Raven Symone

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The former star of 'That's So Raven' was recently dating 'America's Next Top Model' contestant AzMarie Livingston.

Barry Manilow

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Barry Manilow

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The "Copacabana" singer married his manager, Garry Kief, in secret back in 2014.

Ty Herndon

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Ty Herndon

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After years of hiding, the handsome country star admitted he was homosexual in early 2015. Less than 24 hours later, another singer from the genre, Billy Gilman, would follow suit, while thanking Herndon for his bravery!

Ellen Page

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Ellen Page

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The "Juno" star admitted her truth to the world in 2014.

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Michael Sam
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Michael Sam

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Before being drafted by a major NFL team, the brave Sam made the choice to come out of the closet in early 2014.

Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan was one of the lead stars in 'Mean Girls' with Lindsay Lohan.

Sir Ian McKellan

Ian McKellan

Sir Ian McKellan

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Who would have ever thought Gandalf or Magneto was gay? McKellan is one of the greatest British actors of all time.

Matt Dallas

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Matt Dallas

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He's best known for playing the title character on the ABC Family series 'Kyle XY.'

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

She's an actress in the hit TV series 'American Horror Story.'

Jodie Foster

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Jodie Foster

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Jodie came out at the Golden Globes last year.

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

She was one of the main stars in the TV series 'The X Files.'

David Hyde Pierce

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David Hyde Pierce

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He's best known for playing the character Dr. Niles Crane in the TV show 'Frasier.'

Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis

Kelly is most known for her role in 'Top Gun' with Tom Cruise.

Nathan Lane

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Nathan Lane

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This two-time Tony Award-winning actor of stage came out in 2007 on 'Ellen.'

Cynthia Nixon

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Cynthia Nixon

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She's best known for her role in the TV series 'Sex and the City.'

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes

This comedian/actress came out in a 2008 speech at a gay rally in Las Vegas.

Cary Grant

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Cary Grant

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He's a legend in Hollywood who kept one of the biggest secrets on the 1950s. He dated actor Randolph Scott, who he lived with for 12 years.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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Who would have thought that the former first lady was gay? She supposedly had a long affair with journalist Lorena Hickok.

Suze Orman

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Suze Orman

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This financial guru/TV talk show host came out in 2012 and dedicated an entire week of her show to issues surrounding gay marriage.

Portia de Rossi

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This Australian-American model and actress married Ellen DeGeneres in 2008.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

You would be surprised that a lot of his fans don't know that he has come out of the closet.