10 Celebs Who Have Come Out of the Closet

#10 Jim Parsons

“Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons came out of the closet rather quietly in 2012. Maybe he didn’t want anyone confusing him with his blunt counterpart Sheldon Cooper.

Jim Parsons

#9 Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson — one of the actors that makes “Modern Family” such a joy to watch — announced that he, like his character “Mitchell” was gay and out and proud.

Jesse Taylor

#8 Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels, world famous fitness trainer from “The Biggest Loser”, came out of the closet with more of a whisper than a bang. She was already living with her pregnant partner when she came out in 2012.


#7 Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean, writer for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Bridget Kelly and member of OFWGKTA came out in 2011 in a Tweet that said “my hope is that the babies born these days will inherit less of the bull—- than we did.”

Frank Ocean

#6 Don Lemon

In 2011, long before Anderson Cooper mustered up the courage for a public statement, hunky CNN news anchor Don Lemon outed himself to the New York Times.Don Lemon

#5 Sean Hayes

In 2010, Sean Hayes let the world know that his role as Jack McFarland on “Will and Grace” really wasn’t much of a stretch for him by telling Advocate magazine, “I was never in, as they say. Never.”

Sean Hayes

#4 George Michael

George Michael was spotted on a romantic date with another man in a London park.

George Michael

#3 Wanda Sykes

Comedienne and general funny woman Wanda Sykes came out in 2008 at an LGBTQ rights rally in Las Vegas to help lend a public face to the fight for equality.

Wanda Sykes

#2 Adam Lambert

In 2009, for those of his fans who can’t pick up on context clues like stiletto heels and eyeliner, Adam Lambert announced: “I’m proud of my sexuality. I embrace it.”

Adam Lambert

#1 Rosie O’Donnell

In a move that some people may call unnecessary, Rosie O’Donnell came out of the closet during one of her standup gigs in 2002.

Rosie O'Donnell


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