There was a time, not so long ago that the individuals who belonged to the LGBTQ community lived a life filled with secrecy, shame and uncertainty. However, flash-forward to the 21st century, and slowly but surely the acceptance of this community has started to skyrocket. Although it may not be perfect yet, more and more people are starting to realize that everyone has the right to love. What used to be a negative has turned into a positive, and now these individuals can live a life filled with happiness, love, and pride.
Our world is far from perfect, and many people suffer from the need to hide who they truly are, simply to fit into the cultural aspects of life. You might be a teenager who is being bullied at school, or an adult who has never accepted themselves, no matter who you are it is important to know that you are not alone and that things will get better.
Believe it or not, but there will come a day where everyone has equal rights and sexuality becomes a topic we don't write about in articles or even pay much mind to. But until then, celebrities who have come out to the public will continue to be an inspiration for those who haven't found their voice yet.
15 Megan Fox
Megan Fox is an American actress who was born in Tennessee. From a young age, Fox knew that she was born to become an actress, and so she pursued her dreams at all cost. At the age of 17 when she was cast as Brianna in Holiday In The Sun. From then on, her career as an actress flared up, and she ended up landing lead roles in Transformers, Jennifer's Body and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Although Fox has been married to Brian Austin Green since 2010 with whom she has 3 children, the actress says she has no question in her mind about being bisexual. However, Fox stated that she would only consider dating a fully lesbian woman.
“I’m also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I’d never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man.” Said the 30-year-old actress when interviewed by Esquire Magazine.
14 Jim Parsons
We were first introduced to Jim Parsons as the peculiar introvert formally known as Sheldon Cooper on the hit TV series The Big Bang Theory. Many of us fell in love with his character on the show, and were so enthralled by his oddness, that we never once doubted that he was a-sexual in real life.
Some of you may be surprised to find out that Parsons has been in a relationship since 2002. Yes, an actual relationship, not a science experiment. This amazing actor says that he never deliberately tried to hide his relationship with Todd Spiewak, he simply just never spoke about it.
When asked if keeping his sexual orientation on the down-low had ever caused him discomfort Parsons replied, "I never had a coming out piece, I just didn't mention it. I took Todd with me to events…and then finally one day while working on Harvey I did a piece with Patrick Healy for The New York Times and he just point-blank asked, ‘Was working on The Normal Heart meaningful to you as a gay man?' And I was like, ‘Well, yeah. Yeah.' And what a wonderful…I can't tell you what a wonderful thing that was, what a gift he gave me with one question. It was suddenly out there and official."
Well there you have it folks, Sheldon Cooper does in fact, have a sexual orientation.
13 Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah has always been a respected and loved actress. Her entire dynamic and easy smile has always been enough to win over any type of person. With all that said, many of her fans do not comprehend why she will not openly admit that she is a lesbian woman. In a way, we can understand her decision to keep it a secret because, in the end, it is her life, but being famous has its downfalls and her intimate moments are often captured by the paparazzi.
What we all know and love about Queen Latifah is that no matter what, she will do as she pleases and always does so in a sophisticated manner. Although Queen Latifah might never say the words, "I am a lesbian," she has voiced her opinion on the matter time and time again.
"People's ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love. We haven't moved as quickly as we should. And the reality is that there's always been gay people in the black community, so it's not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole," said the beloved actress.
12 Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks recently received some heat from the LGBT community because of her loose use of the word "fa***t." As a rapper, Banks commonly uses this word in her songs to describe "men who hate women" and not "gay males." Banks even went as far as saying, "I can't be homophobic because I am bisexual."
Banks insists that she did not mean to insult the homosexual community and that the only reason she is addressing these accusations in the first place is because she doesn't want to piss off her fans. The rapper says that homosexuals have much bigger problems to face than the word "fa***t" and that we should put the whole "Azealia Banks is a homophobic thing to rest."
"I have a transgender sibling. My whole life is gay, all of my friends are gay, I am bisexual....So please....Stop," were Banks final words on the matter.
11 Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto is a phenomenal actor who has been around for longer that you would think. His role as Spock in Star Trek definitely helped him become more recognized as an actor, but Quinto has actually been acting since year 2000. He has been in hit TV series such as Heroes and American Horror Story.
Quinto first came out as a gay male back in 2011 while in an interview with New York Magazine. Although rumours had previously circulated on wether or not Quinto was in fact homosexual, the accomplished actor refused to give a straight answer. Quinto's ability to flawlessly inhabit the role of a straight or gay male made it hard to pin-point exactly which side he leans to.
Quinto has always been an activist when it came to bullying and gay rights so when teen suicides continued to occur because of bullying, Quinto took a stand and expressed himself. “As a gay man I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at it and say ‘Why? Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that? We’re terrified of facing ourselves," said the actor.
10 Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez has always kept her sex life private, stating that if she wanted to make it public she would release a sex tape. However, contrary to what she once said, The Fast and The Furious actress decided to come out as bisexual in 2013.
When Latina Magazine asked Rodriguez why she had the sudden change of heart, the actress replied, " I'm getting older, eventually it's going to wrinkle up and I'm not going to be able to use it. I wanted to be honest about who I am and see what happens."
Back in 2007, Rodriguez was put on the cover of Curve Magazine with a headline insinuating that she was a lesbian. The actress seemed extremely uncomfortable with this and feared that her career would be halted because being openly gay could close some doors for her in Hollywood.
"I've gone boy ways. I do as I please. I am too f**king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks," Rodriguez confirmed to EW Magazine.
9 Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming, who has come out as bisexual says that even today, LGBT people are still being treated as "second-class citizens." Although many more celebrities are now finding the courage to be who they really are while under the very judgmental eyes of the public, there is still a long way to go until equality means the same thing for everyone.
“I live in the world. I’m a very privileged person, but there are certain things I’m aware of in certain places I go to. If you’re a gay person living in this world, you still feel like you’re a second-class citizen. Because you absolutely are. You still don’t have the same rights,” Said the actor who was married to Hilary Lyon for 8 years.
Cumming's who recently married his partner Grant Shaffer back in 2012, hopes that one day we will stop categorizing each other into groups differentiated by sexual orientation. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.
8 Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson has been in the acting business for over 22 years and throughout her entire career she has managed to keep her private life on the down-low. Paulson is most recognized for her work on 12 Years A Slave and American Horror Story.
Paulson refuses to label herself as a lesbian or a bisexual, as many people are doing these says, strongly believing that the soul is attracted to the soul. However, the actress keeps on being questioned about her sexuality.
“All I can say is, I’ve done both, and I don’t let either experience define me. I don’t let having been with a man make me think I am heterosexual, or make me want to call myself that, because I know I have been attracted to women — and have lived with women. So, for me, I’m not looking to define myself, and I’m sorry if that is something that is seen as a rejection of or an unwillingness to embrace my sexuality in a public way, but it’s simply not. It’s simply what’s true for me, and that’s all I can speak to,” said the 41-year-old actress.
7 Charlie Sheen
We all know that Charlie Sheen has had many sexual partners, and even though he spent a pretty penny trying to cover-up his tracks, his secret life ended up all over the news. The 51-year-old actor shocked the world when he openly admitted to having conducted HIV last year.
Since then, Sheen has put his sex life on a hold because as he recently said, "HIV is not the best pick-up line." Although Sheen has always been a condom advocate, he admits to having had unprotected sex twice during his sexcapades. He believes that he contracted HIV during one of these sexual encounters.
Sheen has always been seen as a womanizer, but recently there has been talk that women were not the only lover's he was after. A woman named Anna Gristina, formally known as the "t" came out with new information that the Two and a Half Men star tended to be fond of pre-op transgender women.
Gristina, who was Sheen's former madam also said that Sheen has been secretly bisexual for quite some time now, and has spent a lot of money on transsexual hookers.
6 Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Bennett is probably best known for his role as Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls, even though he has been in many movies and shows since then. Yes that's right, Mean Girls was just that good. Although Bennett had tried to keep his love-life secret for the most part —he was outed by Julianne Hugh on Dancing With The Stars back in 2014.
While the remark was meant to be completely harmless, Hugh ended up creating some complications for Bennett. As a judge for the show, Hugh was discussing the contestants of DWTS on Extra with host Mario Lopez. When the topic of Bennet came up, Hugh commented on how Bennett had tweeted her the night before saying she had a nice butt.
When Lopez asked her what happened next she replied, "He's gay. So I was like, that's not gonna work," Hugh replied. Real smooth Hugh, real smooth.
5 Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer is as talented as he is good looking, but unfortunately for the ladies —he's gay and married. Bomer has been in the acting business since year 2000 and has been in movies such as Magic Mike, The Nice Guys and White Collar. You might even recognize him from American Horror Story: Hotel, where he played side-by-side with musician turned actress Lady Gaga. Bomer and Lady Gaga quickly took a liking to each to each other, and remain close to this day.
Although many people had believed Bomer to be openly gay—he had never admitted it himself. That is until 2012, when Bomer gave his acceptance speech for the New Generation Arts and Activism Award, for his exceptional work in the fight against HIV/AIDS, that Bomer announced his homosexuality to the world. Bomer has been married to publicist Simon Halls since 2011, the pair have three children together.
4 Jenna Talackova
For those of you who don't know Jenna Talackova—it's time to do your homework. This transgender model faced a lot of scrutiny when she was kicked out of Miss Universe Canada after it was revealed that she was indeed born a male. The young participant had already made it to the finals before she was banned from continuing, but Talackova knew her rights and made sure to exercise them.
This brave girl, decided to sue the pageant, which was owned by Donald Trump. Talackova admits that Trump had been nasty to her, that is until she won the lawsuit. Afterwards, she recalls receiving words of encouragement from the pageant owner, "At the beginning he was horrible and then he turned into an angel," said the model.
To learn more about this courageous girl, you can tune into her show, Brave New Girls, where she and other transgender people tell their intimate stories in an open and fun way. If Talackova has any advice for anyone going through a similar process it is to accept who you are, and embrace it.
3 Kristen Stewart
When it comes to Kristen Stewart, getting a straight answer on where she stands with her sexuality is nearly impossible, but pictures don't lie. The Twilight actress has been seen canoodling with both men and women in the past. Which leads the public to believe that this down-to-earth actress is bisexual.
Stewart has previously stated while undergoing an interview with Variety, that the cool thing about acceptance is that you don't have to immediately know how to define yourself. Stewart also said that she does not want to label herself because doing so looks easy, and she does't want to make coming out look like an easy ordeal, especially with all the LGBTQ teen's struggling out there.
"Me not defining it right now is the whole basis of what I'm about. If you don't get it, I don't have time for you," said the 26-year-old actress.
2 Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster is an American actress who has been acting for over four decades. She has had an extremely successful career and has made it clear that she has no interest in retiring. Back in 2013, Foster took Hollywood by the horns and proudly let the world know that she was indeed a lesbian.
The 50-year-old actress went up on stage to accept the Cecil B. Demille award at the Golden Globes accolade ceremony, but ended up giving a different acceptance speech than expected. “While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to air in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am — single!” said Foster before getting rid of her grin and taking on a more serious tone.
“I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her," said the beautiful and talented actress.
1 Victor Garber
Victor Garber is a Canadian actor who has been in the spotlight for over four decades and has continuously landed roles in Hollywood movies. Although Garber has kept his private life relatively secret— there has always been speculation on wether or not he is gay. When asked about it in an interview Garber replied, "I don't really talk about it but everybody knows."
The Legends of Tomorrow actor first publicly announced his sexuality and relationship with ex-model and artist Rainer Andreesen back in 2012, during an interview with Canada's Forever Young. Garber wanted to make sure that everybody knew he would be bringing his long-term lover with him to the Actors Guild Awards that same year.
"My companion Rainer Andreesen and I have been together almost 13 years in Greenwich Village. We both love New York. He's going to be out here with me for the SAG Awards." Said the accomplished actor.