As the stigma of homosexuality lessons, and gay people become more accepted, celebrities and other public figures feel more comfortable coming out.
“Whenever a new celebrity comes out as gay or bisexual, people rush to join MenNation.com,” says Franklin, a community manager there. “People think, well, if a public figure can do it, so can I!”
Matt Bomer – The sexy star of the television show White Collar since 2009 didn’t come out publicly as gay until 2012, while thanking his partner and children as he was accepting an award. Matt also played the role of Ken in the male stripper movie Magic Mike.
Ricky Martin – Many of Ricky’s fans still do not know that he came out of the closet in 2010. The Latin pop sensation hid his sexuality for his entire career until then, which spanned over 25 years before that, including his membership in the Hispanic pop sensation Menudo. “When Ricky came out, it really opened things up for a lot of Latino gay men.” Says Juan, of GCruise.com, “Many of them do not have cultural support, so having a big Latin star like Ricky say he is gay was awesome.”
Zachary Quinto – Dark, brooding and gorgeous, Zachary Quinto is perhaps most well known for playing the evil character Sylar in Heroes, and we loved him as the eternally dead and pissed off interior designer in Season 1 of American Horror Story. He came out in 2011 after he read a story about a gay person committing suicide. He realized he had to make a “significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”
Frank Ocean – Popular rapper and hip hop musician Frank Ocean came out as bisexual on his Tumblr in the summer of 2012. This was a big deal because the hip hop community can be notoriously homophobic. Frank said he was attracted to another guy when he was 19, and it was his first true love. Popular artists like power couple Beyoncé & Jay Z, as well as industry giant Russell Simmons came out in support of Ocean. After announcing his bisexuality, Ocean stated that he “felt like a free man.”